I’d like to start a new feature here at my blog – highlighting an idea, service or product that I love each week.

This week, I’ll start by telling you about Happy Hal’s Jalapeño Relish.

I love spicy food and it’s even better when you know some details about the product. My friend Susie started The Happy Jalapeño Company because her friends and family encouraged her. They loved her homemade Jalapeño relish, and now all of us can too!

I use Happy Hal’s in egg dishes – even just scrambled eggs! It’s fantastic in soups, especially my summer gazpacho. Another way to use it is in dips, like this yummy Avocado Dip. Susie has a lot of recipes on the Web site, so you can get a bunch more ideas there.

Also … hot peppers contain capsaicin, which has many health benefits. They include antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. It’s known to have thermogenic activity, which means it increases overall metabolic activity.

If you’d like to try some, it is available at Whole Foods in the mid-Atlantic region and at several Lancaster County locations. You can order it directly from Happy Hal’s too!