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Friday, August 10, 2012

red peppers for bisque

Red peppers at the produce stand are three for a dollar and with the season nearing the end,  better get them now.  I love red pepper bisque.   So I made some fresh.
I chopped celery and I also leave the tops on to chop in also,  as it is so flavorful,   carrots  and red onion
the red onions I sauteed and then stirred in with the carrots and celery to steam in about a cup or so of water.
 I usually add chicken broth but was out so I added beef bouillon as I did not have chicken bouillon either, but it was just as good.
I chopped in garlic too 

the red peppers which I sauteed 4 of them in 400 degree oven,   until roasted and soft
I cooled them and took of the skins ,  took out seeds ,  doesn't matter if a little skin is left on or if a few seeds are still with the pepper

 after cooling some I put them in my blender to puree along with a smidgen of pepper flakes for a little heat. 
  Here it is after being pureed and I am adding heavy cream ,  just a little to thicken it nicely.
It is also good just the way it is without the cream .
crust is removed from bread and buttered it well,  added garlic and Parmesan cheese on top - then toasted in oven. 
Dollop of sour cream and the tray is ready for Steve to take to den to eat while watching  t.v. .   One ladle is enough because we had steak after the bisque

I used butter and olive oil- cooked steaks about 4 minutes each side, give or take a moment

To the drippings in the pan I added about one quarter cup ( what I had on hand was alcohol free Merlot wine)  it is really good to cook with as it helps mix with the drippings to saute my mushrooms

For desert 
I used some of my fresh  blueberries to make a sauce for a blueberry pound cake  I baked 2 days ago .  

I like adding lemon flavor to my blueberries and its usually a little juice instead of extract , there is a tad bit of water added to the pan also,  just a quick sauce -  easy
little cornstarch to thicken then mash them a  little
getting thick
pour it on hot!

I am linking with The Charm of Home 


  1. Very delicious, Betty.
    I can not cook everything I find in the blogs it is tooo mouch, but always nice to see.


  2. Betsy! That looks delicious! You need to come cook at my house!

  3. Looks so delish, wish I could have just one bite.

  4. See Betsy, now I'm hungry! Hee, Hee, Hee. Everything looks delish. Wishing you a wonderful new week.

    Hugs and Kisses,

  5. What wonderful dishes. I especially loved recipes with red pepper. They are the perfect addition to a pizza, too!


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