Chilebrown at home

Monday, May 3, 2021



Ms. Goofy has outdone herself in the baking department with this quadruple chocolate cheesecake. She has had a lot of time on her hands to hone her skills in the dessert department. She loves to bake and I am the lucky recipient of her craftsmanship. This cake has a crust of Oreo cookies that have a chocolate filling. The cream cheese filling has a chocolate mixed throughout. The cake is covered with a dark chocolate ganache. This topping is decorated in a white chocolate lattice glaze. Is there such thing as too much chocolate? I do not think so.

Wednesday, April 28, 2021


 Epicurious magazine has dropped all their beef recipes from their publications. This is a symbolic  move to promote home cooks to become more environmentally friendly. POPYCOCK is what this Mad Meat Genius has to say. I am so sick and tired of Virtue Signaling from the media and so called Woke Crowd. We all vote with our dollars and it is a good thing that I cancelled my subscription many years ago. 

I apologize for this mini Mad Meat Genius rant. I am going to go cook a steak and calm down.

Sunday, April 25, 2021


  It has been way to long since our last Dutch Oven Gathering. (D.O.G.). Yesterday we removed some of the rust from our beloved black iron cooking pots. Some people call these Dutch Ovens. I call it dinner.

We gathered at the local Elks Lodge parking lot. It was a little breezy and overcast for a pending 24 hour rain storm. This did not stop our troop of dedicated cookers and eaters to create some one pot dishes. All was cooked on premise and in a dutch oven. Charcoal was the heat source. This was time to socialize and catch up.

Peach cobbler, red & green chili, potatoes, shrimp, chicken, stew and a few beverages made a full plate for everyone. Nobody left hungry at this event. We aimed for a 4:00 pm dinner bell but we were a little late and nobody complained because we were having such a good time.

We are far from being normal but our little gathering was a step in the right direction. This small little gathering was very necessary for good mental health with the added bonus of a full belly. I am still smiling today.




Sunday, April 18, 2021


 Hello from Hollister California. This weekend we were at a two day KCBS bbq event called The Golden State Battle III. I know we have been absent from the airwaves since last Thanksgiving and we would love to share a couple of images with you. We want to welcome back some old friends that do not visit Facebook and personally welcome a new friend from this weekend; Jennie. Today we are only sharing pictures and I will have a few words at the end. Enjoy the bbq aroma.


As you may have noticed I have not been posting lately. I have been asking myself if I have lost my mojo for Mad Meat Genius?. I have all sorts of excuses; pandemic, election, and just the way everything revolves around the latest news cycle right or wrong. My website was bombarded by Spam comments which really was disheartening. I have turned on the comment moderation mode which means I can zap all junk comments to virtual oblivion.. I experienced the death of my Bro-In-Law and our beloved pet Lucy last year. So many negative vibrations that I just did not want to share anything. Let's open a new chapter in Mad Meat Genius. I can make no promises except I would love to share our new food experiences with you. Let see what happens. That is all for now. Chilebrown.

Thursday, November 26, 2020

Sunday, November 1, 2020



Exotic hot chilepepper products have been the latest internet buzz. Hormel has cashed in on a Ghost Reaper chili. These are two of the hottest peppers grown. I can personally attest that these peppers need respect and should be approached cautiously. Hormel announced this offering on social media. They set up a time that this product would be available for sale and sold out within the hour. I did procure one can. Within minutes Ebay had this product at 10 times the actual price. I am not sure what to say about that. Let's give it a try.

I did read the ingredient list. Chile peppers are listed six times and they are all different types of dried and fresh chile. Ghost and Reaper pepper powder is listed towards the end of this list. I opened the can to unleash a barrage of familiar chile pepper aromas. My nose started to twitch which is a good sign meaning it was reacting to chile presence. Tonight we are serving this over a hot dog to celebrate a spicy Halloweenie. Ms. Goofy originally was going to partake in this tasting. She stuck her finger in the pot and tasted. Her reactions was; 'Oh no! This is too hot"

It was hot. I tasted fresh chile and it also had an after burn from the dried chiles. It was very decent in a Hormel Chili kind of way. With six different chile in this mix, I am not sure if I could identify ghost or reaper chile. Your senses were assaulted by fresh and dried all in a chilehead splendor kind of way. How hot was it? For most normal people I would say this concoction was very hot and you might not enjoy it. I eat some sort of chile everyday. I thought is was hot but not as hot as ghost and reaper chile can be. It was tame in this sense. Regardless of the downsizing of potential heat this mixture left my mouth on fire for quit awhile. I actually enjoyed this chili with chile. Good job Hormel.

Saturday, October 24, 2020



Dunkin Doughnuts is selling a limited run of Ghost Pepper Doughnuts. I am not sure if it is for Halloween or just the novelty of using a Ghost Pepper. The Ghost pepper is an exotic chile pepper that needs to be respected for the level of heat it can generate. Since I am a bonafied chilehead, I thought it was my duty to give this a try. Plus I do like doughnuts. 
   I arrived to Dunkin and stood in line with a dozen other doughnut enthusiasts. We were all masked and keeping our distance. I bought my one doughnut and went to the parking lot to give it a try. The first impression was; this is sickly sweet. Oh my! The pepper than kicked in. It was a gentle warmth and nothing like any Ghost Pepper I have ever tried. It was warm but not anything that you could call hot. To me this doughnut was a fail. It could of been sprinkled with any variety chile and this novelty offering was unremarkable.  I still like doughnuts but not this one.