Special Diet Information

Coumadin® (Warfarin)
This recipe is safe for Coumadin (warfarin) users.

This recipe contains cheese and some of those who are lactose intolerant may be able to tolerate it.

This is NOT a low sodium recipe.

GERD / Acid Reflux
This recipe contains GERD triggers and those with GERD may wish to avoid it.

Gluten Sensitivity
This recipe is NOT safe for those who are sensitive to gluten.


"He who has the pepper may season as he lists."
-George Herbert

The refrigerator light goes on...

This is a sharp and very strong spread, but it is fantastic on sandwiches or as a topping for tacos. Mixed with a bit of sour cream and milk it makes a great salad dressing.

Lemon Juice

I don’t use bottled lemon juice. I feel that bottled juice does not taste anything like fresh squeezed lemon juice. This is because it is usually made from varying concentrations of lemon juice, water and lemon oil.

Fresh lemons keep fairly well in the crisper of your fridge (about 2 weeks). The juice of one lemon varies greatly. A large lemon has about 4 tablespoons of lemon juice but when a recipe calls for the juice of one lemon, you never really know. Start with 2 tablespoons and increase the amount for taste. If you must use bottled lemon juice, shake the bottle well. Use equivalent amounts of bottled to fresh lemon juice in a recipe.


Cilantro Jalapeno Spread

Servings = 4 | Serving size =2 Tablespoons

Cooking Time = 15 Minutes

This recipe can be multiplied by 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8.

This recipe keeps about 3 - 4 days tightly sealed.

4 Tbsp dried pumpkin seeds (pepitas)
4 Tbsp pickled jalapeno peppers (minced)
1 cup fresh cilantro leaves
1 ounce Parmigiano-Reggiano (grated)
2 Tbsp water
1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
1 Tbsp liquid from the pickled jalapeno peppers
2 Tbsp olive oil

a bunch of fresh cilantro, also known as coriander
Place the pumpkin seeds, jalapenos, cilantro, parmesan, water, lemon juice, liquid from the jalapenos, and olive oil and purée until smooth.

Chill until ready to serve.

Nutrition Facts

Serving size = 2 Tablespoons

Servings = 4


Amount Per Serving

Calories 138 Calories from Fat 114
% Daily Value
Total Fat 13g 20%
    Saturated Fat 3g 12%
    Monounsaturated Fat 7g
    Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 5mg 2%
Sodium 225mg 10%
Total Carbohydrates 2g 1%
    Dietary Fiber <1g 2%
    Sugars 0g
Protein 5g
Vitamin A 5% Vitamin C 5%
Calcium 9% Iron 8%
Vitamin K 12 mcg Potassium 100 mg
Magnesium 50 mg