I love the idea of canning but, in my urban environment I've just never gotten around to clearing out the 'cellar' and making it happen (cellar a.k.a. garage). When I read this recipe in the NY Times for Cherry Pepper Poppers-say that 10 times fast!!-I loved the idea of putting them in a jar and covering them with a briny vinaigrette. Maybe they wont fill my cellar but, I bet someone would love to get a jar as a host/hostess gift one day. Beats a bottle of wine, right?
I've got a new crush....whom, you may ask, is the object of my affections? Mr. Broccoli Rabe! Have you met him? He's stalky, bright green, a little bitter at times, and loves being spicy. Today's LA Times combines my new crush with two other things I love-Broccoli Rabe with White Beans and Ricotta Salata. If you're a little shy about his bitterness, this recipe for Broccoli Rabe Pesto will help you get over it. If you haven't met the Mister, give him a try.
I know newspapers are hurting badly these days. When it comes to slashing departments, I think the Seattle Times has taken a whack at their food section. As much as I love my home town, I'm taking this moment to bid them a fond farewell. It's been weeks since I've seen an innovative recipe or article but, if something good comes my way I will be sure to send it along.