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When Life Gives You a Wind Storm

September 18th, 2008

When life gives you a wind storm, build a fire with the fallen branches. Chiot’s Run is surrounded on 3 sides by mature woods with towering trees.

When strong winds blow, sticks litter our yard. On Sunday evening, we were hoping just sticks would be littering our yard and not whole trees. We did lose a huge branch from an old oak tree, fortunately the wind was coming from a different direction than normal, so it fell into the woods and not on our garage!

On Monday morning, we went out and picked up sticks all around the yard. We decided since it was cool, it would be the perfect day for a campfire.

I remembered all those poblano peppers I bought at the farmer’s market. I was going to grill them but I decided fire roasting them would be much tastier.

We found 2 old cinderblocks and an old grill grate and fashioned a grill over the fire. The peppers were neatly lined up shoulder to shoulder over the fire.

I grilled several batches (I bought 4 quarts of them at the Farmer’s Market on Saturday). Poblano peppers have a great flavor to begin with and when grilled they’re fantastic. These peppers fire roasted will add that perfect smoky flavor to anything we put them in.

After grilling, I trimmed them and they were neatly stowed away in freezer containers. I can hardly wait to make up a pizza or a batch of chili.

What kinds of veggies do you grill with success?

4 Comments to “When Life Gives You a Wind Storm”
  1. Kris Bair on September 18, 2008 at 9:01 am

    Oh those look yummy – I just will have to try them this weekend – we too are having a fire after playing pick up sticks. And Lerch’s donuts ROCK. We always but them at the fair (if nothing else).

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  2. Carolyn on September 24, 2008 at 11:47 am

    Ok…… putting this on the to list too!!


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  3. Shreela on February 12, 2009 at 2:19 am

    Mmmm, I just read your roasted tomatoes post, and now this. We loved poblanos because of their nice stuffing size, and their heat isn’t too hot, but not boring — except the one time I bought the hottest poblanos in the world, and even after we’d scraped off all the outer pepper, the stuffing still burned our mouths. We eat stuffed jalapenos sometimes, and those poblanos were way hotter. I used poblanos tonight for peppered brown gravy (thankfully not the atomic poblanos LOL).

    Does roasting them this way give them a flavor similar to chipotle (without the sauce)?

    I’m going to try grilling tomatoes, peppers, and onions the next time I grill, and make up a roasted salsa with some cilantro. I used to grill corn, but can’t tolerate the skin on the kernels anymore.

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