Roasted Red Peppers

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Roasted Red Peppers are superb summertime fare. They go great on salads, in sandwiches, and atop baguette with oil and herbs.

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This month I’ve been spending a lot of time reading. Our homeschool schedule has downshifted to the kids doing some math and reading independently which means my time has freed up dramatically. Since there’s no cookbook deadline putting pressure on me, I’ve been reading. Reading, reading, reading. At last count, I’ve read thirteen books in June, with plans to have completed at least 15. That might be the full number I read in all of 2015.

Anyway, with all the political nonsense going on in the world, I’ve wanted some distractions as well as written words to focus on that might actually make me a better person instead of make me mad.

Don’t get me wrong, there have been a decent dose of “beach reads”; not everything I’m reading is of the self-improvement variety, but even with those, I’m trying to glean bits and pieces to make me a better wife, a better mom, even a better cook.

I read this book and it rejuvenated my love of baking. So much so that I baked baguette last weekend — and downloaded the sequel onto my kindle.

(By the way,

Then I snatched Lizzy and Jane for cheap on Amazon, and it renewed my enjoyment of being in the kitchen. While Reay’s spice vocabulary seems a little over the top, the novel still got me excited about food and the foods I used to make all the time.

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Roasted Red Peppers are one of those things that I used to make all the time. Whether in the oven, on the stovetop burner, or on the backyard grill, I love to roast red peppers (and spicy chiles, too) until their skins are black and blistery. Steam them for a bit and then peel off the skins. What’s left is soft and juicy and flavorful.

Roasted Red Peppers taste delicious layered in sandwiches, stirred into pasta dishes, or simply served on baguette with some cheese and herbs.

Currently, bell peppers have been on super sale in my neck of the woods, as low as 88 cents a piece. That makes them excellent candidates for roasting. The process is so simple and requires very little from you, you will want to keep a dish of these sweet babies on hand all summer long.

Tools I use to make it EASY:

Note: I did use parchment paper for this recent batch, but have since learned that some parchment manufacturers advise NOT to use the product in the broiler. So, let’s go with aluminum foil, shall we? 😉

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  1. I love Katherine Reay’s books. That one was a little difficult for me as when I read it, my aunt had just passed away after a battle with cancer. She also had the BRACA1 Gene mutation. It hit hard, reminding me of making her food to eat while she was trying to figure out what to eat.

    Her books are lessons disguised as novels.

    • Brandi says

      I have a family history of the BRCA gene. If she’s your biological aunt get tested! my gran (deceased), great-aunt (deceased), gran’s cousin (had breast cancer), gran’s cousin’s daughter (had breast cancer), and first-cousin-once-removed (had ovarian cancer) all have the gene. I don’t thankfully!

    • I am sorry for your loss. That is so hard. And yes, the books do have lessons woven well inside.

  2. Roberta says

    I make roasted red pepper hummus. Yum! (I usually buy the jars of peppers though; don’t know why I don’t just roast my own. I’m sure it would be much more cost-effective. Just lazy I guess. 😉 )

    On another note, are you planning to do your annual July pantry challenge again this year? If so, I’m in!

    • I am not sure if I will be doing it again. Our January challenge lasted three months. I’m not sure I have it in me! LOL

      • Roberta says

        I’d forgotten you had to extend your challenge due to the house-tenting ordeal. I can understand why you’re hesitant to jump in again–especially during the “lazy” days of summer. (I don’t believe you ever truly have lazy days. smile!)

        I may do one anyway. Our freezers are again (still???) stuffed, and the garden is in full swing so it’s a good time for us.

  3. Kirstin says

    My Reynolds parchment paper box says, “Never use under broiler . . .” I buy roasted red peppers in a jar at Trader Joe’s. Will have to try making my own (with aluminum foil : )).

    • Thanks! I checked my box and it doesn’t say anything about that. I’ll edit the post to make everyone aware.

  4. Patrick S says

    doesn’t anyone just season with olive oil and spice and broil those re peppers and eat them just as they are ? not putting them on pizza or any other food, just eat the peppers whole seeded oc course? let me know if you have a recipe for this. i have one i use but would like to try something different,

    • Yes, you can absolutely just eat them by themselves. I’d drizzle with olive oil, some herbs, and minced garlic.

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