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.

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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
@ali_s

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

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
@chefcaroline

Nicole: Pinch My Salt
Pickled Serrano Peppers
@pinchmysalt

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

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

Food Network UK
It’s Chili Weather

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

Cate O’Malley: Sweetnicks
Summer Panzanella
@cateomalley

HOW YOU CAN JOIN IN SUMMER (AND FALL) FEST:
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!