How to Perfectly Roast Chile Peppers

July 16th, 2015

Since meeting the Iguana Man, I’ve learned how to cook with both dried and fresh chile peppers.  But, until today, I hadn’t quite mastered the art of “roasting” of fresh peppers.  I don’t have a gas stove, so I’ve been scorching them on my grill.  And in this summer heat, suffering to the point of heat stroke every time I’ve roasted them!

I used to just turn the flames up, and let the chiles cook, standing in front of the grill and turning, and turning, and turning.  Sometimes they’d be burned, to the point that the flesh under the skin had disappeared.  Other times, the peppers weren’t cooked enough to easily peel off the skin.

Here’s the perfect method:  Start all four burners on your grill, turn down to medium, and let heat up for ten minutes or so, until the internal temperature reaches 425 degrees.  Place the chiles on the grill, putting the largest chiles on the hottest parts of your grill.

Close the cover, and set the timer for 4 minutes.  Here’s what your chiles should look like…note there’s some char, and blistered skin, but not overcooked chiles.  This photo was snapped right after the first turn.

Roasting the Chiles

Roasting the Chiles

Turn all of the chiles, and reset the timer for 3 minutes, again cooking with the cover shut.  Remove the chiles, to a big bowl, taking off the most charred chiles first, and moving any that are still not slightly scorched to a hotter heat source while removing the well charred chiles.  Cover the chiles with tight fitting plastic wrap, and let them steam for about 25 minutes.  Once they’re cool enough to handle, it’s time to peel and de-seed them.

The easiest way I’ve found to peel them is to use my lasagna pan, and put a small bowl of water in the middle of the pan to rinse off sticky skins and seeds.  Be sure to use latex gloves…or your hands will tingle from the capscasin for a day or two!

Ready to Peel

Ready to Peel

Just get comfortable (I sit on the sofa and peel & remove seeds as I watch TV).  Try to remove almost all of the skins, and most of the seeds.  Use the water to clean your gloved fingers off….don’t dip the chiles in the water if you can help it.  Some seeds are good!  Save the yummy juice in the bottom of the bowl, too!

A Whole Bowl of Chili Peppers, Ready to Bag & Freeze

A Whole Bowl of Chili Peppers, Ready to Bag & Freeze

I’m so thrilled that I finally found THE easy way to prepare the chiles, that I just roasted off 14 lbs. of Anaheims, which Walmart is conveniently carrying!  That’s about 1/4 of the cost of ordering them (and having them shipped) from New Mexico.  The final weight of the roasted/peeled chiles is 5 1/2 pounds!  I put between 7 – 7.5 ounces of roasted, peeled & seeded chiles (and 2 tbsp. juice) in each ziplock sandwich bag, removing all of the air in the bag, then froze the baggies on a flat surface for easy storage later.

A baggie or two is perfect for Green Chicken Chili (depending on the size of your chili batch, of course), or use one baggie of chiles, chopped, to make a delicious salsa for eggs, enchiladas, etc.  I also am fond of making “green cream”….about a cup of heavy cream, whipped with a 1/2 tsp. salt, and a baggie of chopped green chiles.  Be careful….that stuff is totally addictive!

Bon Appetit!

~ Blonde Gator

 

#RubioCrimeSpree

June 12th, 2015

You know you’re over the target when you start getting flack.  Twice this past week, the New York Times put out obvious hit pieces of oppo research, aimed at Marco Rubio, both of which backfired spectacularly.

Rubio's boatThe Twitterverse had a blast with #RubioCrimeSpree, gleefully mocking both the Old Ladies (the Gray one, as well as that other old hag who is breaking all kinds of traffic laws in her Scooby Van).

So Marco, when are you going to take me fishing on that great little boat?

~ Blonde Gator

Now We Know

May 27th, 2015

We’ve been wondering for a while why there was such a commotion whenever the food bowl approached the half empty mark.  Now we know.  And….we’re totally sick of the “Song of My People”.

~ Blonde Gator

Do You Miss Him Yet?

May 16th, 2015

I do.

~ Blonde Gator

Carnivorous Pitcher Plant

May 16th, 2015

My little garden genie has been such a help (“Did you buy any more much, Grama?”) that I bought him a carnivorous pitcher plant a couple of weeks ago.  It’s been growing like a weed (somehow, I always thought they were hard go grow!).  I have it in total shade, but in a bright location on the patio.  I move it out from under cover when it rains, as chemicals of any sort are a buzz kill for the carnivorous plants (a Venus Flytrap is on our list to find).

Mason checks it diligently, and carefully waters it (and partially fills any empty pitchers) with distilled water if it’s dried out.  Yesterday, we discovered a stealthy little baby pitcher, growing in the soil under the plant, instead of hanging off a branch at the end of a long leaf.

Baby Pitcher ~ about 1 1/2" tall

Baby Pitcher ~ about 1″ tall

We also spent a little bit of time learning about the difference between a picture and a pitcher.  And then I had to take a picture of the pitcher.  So that everyone can see Mason’s happy pitcher plant.  Enjoy!

~ Blonde Gator

Foreign Policy

May 14th, 2015

Enough of this “Leading from Behind” Nonsense….

~ Blonde Gator

Happy Mother’s Day

May 11th, 2015

Blonde Mom has been having big adventures forever.  Once when she was 7 years old, she and her BFF walked 10 miles(!) to her friend’s family getaway home…Stoney Lonesome (where she learned to play tennis, one of her lifelong passions).

Equestrienne

Equestrienne

Another life-long passion….hot cars!

Mom & Her First Baby

Mom & Her First Baby

Great Clothes….

She's Been Swiping My Stuff ~ Since Forever

She’s Been Swiping My Stuff ~ Since Forever

Daughters….

Mom's Two Perfect Children

Mom’s Two Perfect Children

Four-legged companions…

Mom & Her 4-Legged Child Dani

Mom & Her 4-Legged Child Dani

Spending quality time with us….

College Break Get-Together

College Break Get-Together

Happy Holiday

Happy Holiday

Beach Babe

Beach Babe

Happy Mother’s Day, Mom.  I love you.

~ Blonde Gator

On The Patio, Still (yet and always!)

April 26th, 2015

Even though I’m feeling kind of blah (kid germs or spring, take your pick), I decided to take the new camera for a whirl, and update some of the stuff that’s been going on on my patio.  Fortunately, you’ll be spared the destruction of the tomato plants, which got attacked, AGAIN, by the stupid hornworms (after serious efforts on my part to eradicate them).   Someone please remind me next fall that I DON’T even like tomatoes that much, they’re a nuisance (although rewarding in their rapid growth)….and not worth the effort.

I ordered some amazing and exotic new varieties of chile peppers, though, from chileplants.com since I’ve had such spectacular success with my poblano (and mini-Thai) peppers.  They arrived in beautiful shape last Thursday, and I’ve spent a couple of days carefully acclimating them from their greenhouse environment to the wilds of hot, humid, and windy South Florida environment (today it’s 95 degrees, humid, harsh wind, and a 102 degree heat index).  They seem to be very happy.  Today they got about 6 hours of filtered sun.  Another few days of hardening them off, and they’ll hit their permanent homes (big pots and earth boxes).

Baby Chiles ~ Nom Nom in Six Months!

Baby Chiles ~ Nom Nom in Six Months!

I ordered Anaheim’s (or Hatch, Big Jim’s); Chuihuacles Negro & Rojos (for mole); a Caribbean Habanero; Thai Red, and a couple of Ichiban Eggplants.  Aren’t they beautiful?

I’ve also been working on doing some repotting of the orchids.  I got kind of a cool green pot for my cool green Paphiopedilum….it’s rather happy.

Repotted Paphiopedilum

Repotted Paphiopedilum

I also purchased a new little Vanilla orchid (it’s a vine), and it too, is thriving in its new home.

Baby Vanilla Orchid Vine

Baby Vanilla Orchid Vine

Now, a couple of oldies, but goodies….

Phalenopsis

Phalenopsis

Psychopsis papilio

And finally, something new (for me).  At Christmas, I bought 3 pots of geraniums for some “color” (I know, I like pink Christmas stuff….whatevs!).  I have poured the Osmocote on like mad, and watered them faithfully, as well as dead-heading the spent flower blooms.  They have more than doubled in size, are blooming splendiforously, and are absolutely spectacular, for that extra “pop” of color when the orchids aren’t doing much (and they mostly don’t do very much, except demand attention).

Colorful Enjoyment

Colorful, Constant Enjoyment

I can’t say enough about this new camera!  I’m slowly learning what the buttons and settings mean, but these pictures were taken on basic PPD mode (point & push dummy!).  I am super excited to think about what fun we’ll have (and I’ll be able to document) over the summer, as we have all kinds of fun outings and “cultural” stuff planned for the young man and the old grands, including the Miami Zoo, Discovery Museum, Planetarium/Aquarium, Miami SeaQuarium, Lion Country Safari, and Cub Scout Day at the new Marlins stadium.  The camera even takes HD movies!

That’s it for now.

~ Blonde Gator

 

Another Blonde Joke

April 25th, 2015

A blonde gets a job as a physical education teacher for 16 year olds. She notices a boy at the end of the field standing alone, while all the other kids are running around having fun kicking a ball. She takes pity on him and decides to speak to him.

‘You ok?’ she says.

‘Yes.’

‘You can go and play with the other kids you know’ she says.

‘It’s best I stay here.’

‘Why’s that sweetie?’ says the blonde.

The boy looks at her incredulously and says,  ‘Because I’m the goalie!’

~ Blonde Gator w/thanks to Torchy!

Waiting for Deliverance

April 15th, 2015

Or perhaps, deliveries.  (Uber chile pepper shipment is arriving next week).

But first…..

Marco Rubio...Day 1 from the Freedom Tower

Marco Rubio…Day 1 from the Freedom Tower

It is time for new leadership, and a new Standard Bearer!  A younger leader.    And a leader who loves this country the way she deserves to be loved.  A leader who can inspire, the way Ronald Reagan could inspire.

I’m ready.  Are you?

~ Blonde Gator