Summer Fest: Peppers

by Madeline Shores

Guess what? We gang of Summer Fest people decided we were having a lot of fun with this ’round the web market basket — and with you — so we shall continue the merriment through the fall months (when it will become Fall Fest). Be patient and wait for the equinox, people — the devil is in the details.

Anyhoo, Peter Piper may have picked a peck of pickled ones, but we like peppers in all varieties. Sweet, hot, crunchy, roasted, and resplendent with color, we find the versatile pepper impossible to pass up — especially in desserts. OK, and mashed potatoes. We could keep going, but why torture you when we can just give you the links, and you can explore on your own.

For starters, we’ve got a dossier on the subject. If you’ve been following us through Summer Fest, this should not be a surprise. We’re geeky like that.

And of course, we encourage you to use peppers in every possible course — including (and especially) in cocktails.


Here’s what our other Summer Fest friends are doing with peppers. Go take a peek and leave a comment or recipe. You can also follow along on Twitter with the hashtag #summerfood.

Alison Sickelka: Food2
Making Hot Pepper-Infused Tequila

Michelle Buffardi: Cooking Channel’s Devour
A Peck of Perfect Pepper Recipes

FN Dish: Food Network
Chiles Rellenos and More Stuffed Peppers

Healthy Eats: Food Network
10 Ways To Eat Sweet Peppers

Margaret Roach: A Way to Garden
Oven-roasted peppers, and freezing how-to

Caroline Wright: The Wright Recipes
Homemade Harissa & Sweet and Spicy Peperonata

Nicole: Pinch My Salt
Pickled Serrano Peppers

Caron Golden: San Diego Foodstuff
Consuelo’s Hot Chile Sauce and Hatch Chiles

Paige Smith Orloff: The Sister Project
Grilled Tomatillo Salsa with Jalapenos

Food Network UK
It’s Chili Weather

Alana Chernila: Eating from the Ground Up
Homemade hot sauce, and why gloves are a good idea

Cate O’Malley: Sweetnicks
Summer Panzanella

Each Wednesday for the rest of the summer and fall, a group of blogging friends including those above will swap our recipes and tips about the following harvest-fresh ingredients. Here’s the schedule:
9/8 Garlic
9/15 White Potatoes
9/22 Spinach
9/29 Apples
10/6 Fall Salads

We each post something and then link to one another, so that you can travel around the combined effort, gathering the goodies. Sharing makes the experience even better, so if you have a recipe or tip that fits any of our weekly themes, you can do either of the following:

  • Leave a comment on participating blogs with a link to your recipe/tip
  • Publish a post of your own, and grab the juicy Summer/Fall Fest 2010 badge (illustrated by Matt Armendariz of Mattbites)

We hope to see you in the kitchen!

{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

Sarah September 1, 2010 at 9:44 am

I’m so excited that summer turns into Fall Fest! We’re big pepper lovers in our home and are enjoying them fresh as well as canning them for fall and winter hamburgers, chilis, chile rellenos, soups and stews.

After living in New Mexico for four years for college, I fell in love with Hatch Green Chile and in this post show you how to oven roast them as well as can them for the pantry (and directions for freezing are included as well)

And one of our favorite condiments when we eat Mexican food is jalapenos en escabeche. I make mine lacto-fermented and raw and, in the fridge, they last forever! We’re finishing a jar that I made up last year! The carrots are my favorite while the jalapenos are my husband’s:

Thank you for hosting Fall Fest! I can’t wait to read the other participants!


Naseer September 1, 2010 at 9:51 am

Thanks for all the recipes!

Here’s a recipe that we posted on Green Thumb Geeks earlier when the pepper harvest was booming:

Cheddar-Stuffed Jalapeno Burger

Prerna@IndianSimmer September 1, 2010 at 12:04 pm

Thanks for sharing these wonderful recipes!
Here’s something I did with my peppers

Kim September 1, 2010 at 1:07 pm

I recently made two pepper-based sauces (one red, one green) over at Flexitarian Foodie–check it out…

Nancy@acommunaltable September 1, 2010 at 1:40 pm

The downside to reading all these great recipes – it’s making me hungry! Alas, lunch is still a couple of hours away. I had to smile when I saw the link for “taste the rainbow” – that was the theme of a children’s nutritional program I designed a few years back! I am thoroughly enjoying all of these recipes and ideas. My contribution for this week is Texas Caviar

Thank you for hosting such a fun event!

Naseer September 1, 2010 at 8:56 pm

One more contribution for Summer Fest on Green Thumb Geeks by Emily: Jalapeno Poppers!

Purple Cook September 2, 2010 at 7:18 am

Fall Fest:
I made this pepper dish last week and dropped it on the floor and ruined it with shattered glass. And I was so looking forward to eating it. I tried again last night and really enjoyed my dinner.

Pesto Sausage and Peppers with Cous Cous

One Hungry Mama September 2, 2010 at 10:14 am

Peppers and Haloumi cheese. YUM… among so much other YUM! Great round up.

For Summer Fest this week, I posted a round up of One Hungry Mama pepper recipes including a Red Pepper Walnut Dip, Grilled Tuna & Cubanelle Peppers w/ Olive & Caper Vinaigrette, Roasted Poblano Cream Sauce, and more. Enjoy! And see you all through the Fall!!

Kathleen September 2, 2010 at 7:24 pm
Lana September 2, 2010 at 10:33 pm

I cannot wait to delve into your recipes! My computer files are filled with beautiful pepper recipes from Serbia and beyond. One cannot ever have enough:) I am so happy you are continuing this event. So much fun and so much to learn.
I have posted a recipe for Stuffed, Battered and Pan-Fried Red Peppers.

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