Magic peppers for dinner!

The Improvisational Cook
Sally Schneider

What a satisfying dinner. I used one of my Christmas presents tonight, The Improvisational Cook (given to me by both my brother and his wife AND my dad–had to return a copy) and found that I like it as much as the other Sally Schneider book I won, A New Way to Cook. I made "Magic Peppers" and chopped them up with kalamata olives and basil, some additional olive oil and salt, popped it all in a big ramekin and pinched some goat cheese over the top. At the same time, I made little savory cookies out of a tart dough made of butter, flour, and sour cream. Then, we had an herb salad made of parsley, cilantro, tarragon, mint, chive and dill with a sherry vinaigrette.

We're not over full but we both had seconds. It was fantastic. Can't wait to try out other things in this book. Maybe the slow-roasted tomatoes as a foundation for other things this weekend? Mmmmmmm…

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