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Feb 23, 2009 07:33 AM

Habanero cheddar soup [Split from What's My Craving]

About 10 years ago, I had a fantastic habanero cheddar cheese soup at a restaurant called Klondike Kate's in Newark, Delaware. Ever since then, I've been looking for a recipe that might approximate that delicious soup. I've tried the standard recipies with habanero peppers added, but nothing seems to have the intensity of heat and flavor that I remember from Klondike Kate's. It was a "daily special," and I never saw it there again after that day. The server was so sure that I wouldn't be able to eat it that she insisted on bringing me a taste first. I then ordered the biggest bowl they had and proceeded to finish every last drop to the total amazement of every server in the place. One of them came over to ask if I needed an ambulance after I had finished, but I assured her I was fine. I grow my own habaneros every summer, and those that are not used fresh are dried to make a habanero powder that keeps forever in the 'fridge in a tightly closed glass jar. I make a fresh, thick sauce that I mix with mayo to make the most excellent sandwich spread imaginable. I use the Rick Bayless recipe that is on his website. I give full credit to habanero peppers for my long life; I'm 93 (and my super-hot Brazilian girlfriend is 34.)

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