New Uses for Everyday Ingredients

Pantry staples work wonders when used in new ways. Try these unexpected applications for everyday ingredients.

Ground Red Pepper
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Ground Red Pepper

Often labeled “cayenne,” ground red pepper adds a fiery kick to all manner of dishes, from Indian to Cajun.

Our Secret Twists 

  • Give desserts such as cakes or bread pudding a Mexican flair by drizzling with chocolate sauce laced with 1⁄8 to ¼ teaspoon ground red pepper.
  • Stir a dash or up to ¼ teaspoon into a tropical fruit salad for complex flavor.
  • Sprinkle a light dusting over vanilla ice cream, where the creaminess rounds out the sharpness of the pepper.

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