Corno di Toro (“Horns of the Bull”) Peppers
The name “Corno di Toro” is actually Italian for “Horns of the Bull”. Though their red color suggests chile pepper heat, these peppers are actually some of the sweetest peppers around. In fact, the yellow variety of these peppers was voted among the best sweet peppers by Sunset Magazine.
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A Bag of Happy Quail Farms’ Pimientos de Padron Peppers
These little peppers may look sweet, but eat the wrong one, and you might be grasping for a glass of beer or a chunk of bread, your mouth on fire. Allegedly, one in ten of these peppers a tongue-scorcher. Chez Pim calls eating a mess of Pimientos de Padron “Culinary Russian Roulette”.
I’ve had these before, and my taste memory of them didn’t include searing pain and vigorous fanning of air onto my extended tongue. Of course, I only had a couple of them at the time. So when I read on Foodista and on We Heart Food that Pimientos de Padron were on sale again, I knew I had to get some. I convinced Annie to go to the Palo Alto Farmer’s Market and pick some up
Happy Quail Farms Pimientos de Padron Peppers on Sale
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"Cuostralee" heirloom tomato from last year’s harvest
I didn’t get a chance to weigh it but it must have been about a half-pound in weight and 5 inches in diameter. The amazing thing is the amount of flesh on the ‘mater – the whole center section is solid. What I liked about it was the pretty design that the seed pockets made.
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Annie made this great chopped salad based on the “Chopped Mexican Salad with Roasted Peppers, Corn, Tomatoes & Avocado” recipe from Fine Cooking Magazine July 2006, p 57.
First, she roasted some seeded red bell peppers and corn in the oven with olive oil until the peppers were soft, then diced the peppers. She also diced up some tomatoes and avocado. She blanched some broccoli and chopped that up as well (the original recipe calls for diced jicama). All the ingredients were mixed together along with a drained can of black beans and garnished with chopped cilantro.
The dressing was a honey-lime-cumin vinaigrette which included garlic, lime juice, orange juice, shallots, honey, toasted ground cumin, olive oil and fresh ground black pepper. This is a great salad which has a lot of flavor and texture.