Suzi's Blog

Quick Roasted Pepper Pieces

Suzen buys bell peppers by the crate. Each week one or two hundred people enter our kitchen for hands-on cooking events. For appetizers, for ingredients in other dishes, peppers abound in our kitchen. Recipes for roasting even bell peppers often call for heating them until the skin is blackened, storing in a covered bowl, and removing…

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Chargrilled Sweet Pepper & Walnut Dip from Pomegranates & Pine Nuts

My corner deli in Manhattan is run by Koreans, what else? The refrigerator case is overflowing with hummus, in all its glorious variations, what else? Our food continues to become international and where does it begin? With snacks. First the salsa and chips. Then the tacos and burritos. A decade ago you might have to search…

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Roasted Italian Peppers

  You can’t be accused of being anti-some-group if none of those people are there. In your city, I mean. So in my mother’s defense, she was not anti-Italian. She was just allergic to garlic. And there were almost no Italians in Portland when I was growing up. Or Italian restaurants. The only Italian food…

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Sunshine Potato Salad

Is potato salad healthy? It’s potatoes and mayo and … Ah, the solution is to be inclusive. Add some veggies like celery and peppers. Add some eggs [ok, marginally healthy]. Pickles, definitely healthy. In short, the quality of your potato salad is up to you. But it can be a delicious combination of ingredients rich…

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