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Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Pimientos de Padrón


Yum! Yum! And, more Yum!

Fry in a little olive oil until the skin blisters. Serve on a brown paper bag with a generous amount of sea salt and large quantities of beer. Good company adds a nice touch. It's a social food, but can also turn into a bit of a frenzy. Keep on cooking. One basket is *not* enough.

Don't wash them first or they'll splatter like crazy. Eat whole. Well, not the stems, silly. Even my five-year-old likes them. The two-year-old just licks the salt.

My best Padrón year, ever, was when we got to house sit and tend a garden that had a row of Padróns just coming on. We ate and ate and ate that August.

Read more about them here, here, or here.

They're out of stock but you can get the seeds here. Or, here's a place that doesn't seem to be out of stock. Or, here. I haven't bought seeds from any of these places. If you really want to know the inside scoop on where to buy seeds, you could email my friend, Andy, who grew the peppers in this photo.

I also saw that you can buy the fresh peppers here. Or, why not invest in the future and talk a local farmer to grow some. Yum!

Thanks, Julia!

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Monday, April 30, 2007

Showing Off My Talented Friends

I've got some talented friends who are doing fun things, so I wanted to share them here:

Bitter Betty
Originally uploaded by Green Kitchen.

Bitter Betty:
Bethany will be at this craft show up in Sacramento on Saturday, May 5th. She's also got a New Vintage Wardrobe thing going on where she and others are sewing from vintage patterns and/or fabric and posting photos at Flickr. Bethany stages elaborate photo shoots to feature her latest fashion creations, including this video that she made with her 11-year-old son.

Work of Bridget Henry
Originally uploaded by Green Kitchen.

Multi-artist Studio Sale in Santa Cruz
I know two of the four gals doing this home show on Sunday, May 6th. Bridget Henry makes wonderful reductive woodblock prints — a very interesting technique, if you've never seen it. I love her imagery, sort of magical mysticism-ish. Felicia Gilman, one of the vendors from that craft fair I co-hosted, sews one-of-a-kind vinyl wallets that are super cool. If you are in town you should definitly check it out.

Originally uploaded by Green Kitchen.

Alice is now selling her extra cute octopus pattern (a.k.a. Octophrost: Santa of the Sea) online as a PDF. It's only $5, a deal anyway you slice it. Her illustrations are top notch and the octo guys and gals work up really cute. Add your softie to the octopus garden over at Flickr.

My Friend Blaize
Originally uploaded by Green Kitchen.

St. Blaize:
Recently voted Best Independent Docent, Blaize gives super secret staircase tours around Santa Cruz. It's a great way to get some exercise, local history, and Blaize Facts™ at the same time. Keep an eye on the Santa Cruz Free Skool calendar for future tours.

Originally uploaded by Green Kitchen.

Mariquita Farm:
Andy and Julia are part of a two-family farm co-op that provides weekly boxes of vegetables to subscribers through their CSA. I've had the pleasure of being a subscriber for many years and love it. Their distribution includes Monterey Bay area, Silicon Valley and San Francisco. Andy is a great writer, as well, and keeps a weekly e-newsletter, which is also posted to his blog.

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