Ingredient Spotlight: Peppers

There are a few foods that I’ve been afraid to cook with over the years.  I’ve been on a quest to conquer these food fears.  Fresh jalapeno peppers used to be on the scary list.

I think this fear stems from an incident that happened when I was very young, 2 or 3 years old.  I don’t remember it, but I Mom has told me the story many times over the years.  Apparently, I reached up for a plate of peppers and then touched my finger to my lip and was burned by the heat of the peppers.

Kind of crazy to let something that I don’t even remember keep me from cooking with peppers, but…chalk me up as crazy!

Now I do use jalapeno.  I usually steer clear of other types of hot peppers though, with a few exceptions – mild banana peppers, chipotle peppers in adobo sauce both make regular appearances in my recipes.

Here are a few of my recipes that use peppers:  [Read more…]

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