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Pickled peppers for the peckish [Jun. 23rd, 2006|09:59 pm]
Lindsey Kuper

The most recent Grinnell Magazine isn't completely useless! It has a recipe for Sweet Cantonese Mixed Pickles, excerpted from a new cookbook by an alum. I tweaked it by using the specific veggies below, by doubling everything except the chiles, and by using Splenda instead of sugar. (Recipes like this are a great time to use sugar substitutes. You can tell when that ain't sugar in your tea, but here the other flavors (vinegar, ginger, red chile pepper) are so bold that you can't really tell, or if you can, it doesn't really matter. And it means that you can eat an entire pile of pickled peppers without caloric consequences. Heh. I'm fired.) I just took mine out of the fridge, and yum. Definitely making this for the next Soup & Story.

2 large green peppers (~ 3 cups)
2 large yellow peppers (~ 3 cups)
A small stalk of broccoli (~ 2 cups)
2 T salt
1 C white wine vinegar
1 C Splenda
1 C water
4 medium red chiles
Big piece of fresh ginger root, enough for a cup once peeled and sliced
Fresh white peppercorns (I didn't measure)

Wash the peppers and broccoli and chop coarsely. Sprinkle with the salt and put them in the fridge for 30 minutes to an hour.

Meanwhile, the dressing: Combine the vinegar, Splenda, and water in a separate bowl. Wash and chop the chiles and add them. Peel and slice the ginger and add it as well. Grind in as much pepper as you feel like using.

By now it should have been at least 30 minutes, depending on how good you are at peeling ginger (I'm pretty slow). Drain the salted veggies, pour the dressing over them, and refrigerate for 4 hours before serving. Eat voraciously while updating your LiveJournal.


[User Picture]From: sonetka
2006-06-24 07:09 am (UTC)
I noticed the cookbook as well; usually none of the books-by-alumni look even remotely appealing, but this one was different. And since the mixed pickles have now been recommended by a Trusted Source, I think it will be headed to the wishlist shortly :).

As for the magazine, I always find it entertaining, albeit probably not in a way they intend. I think this quarter's major blooper was in the "Degrees" section when through some injudicious pronoun usage they managed to turn my former roommate into a man. (Granted, she had a very ambiguous name, but still, I doubt they'll be getting any donations from her anytime soon). And I like to see what the child-naming trends among alumni are (is it just me, or is the name Josephine becoming really, really popular lately?). Other than that, it's pretty dire.
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[User Picture]From: lindseykuper
2006-06-25 05:07 pm (UTC)
Actually, I like the magazine, although sometimes it seems like just another arm of the Great Fundraising Machine.

I hadn't noticed the child-naming trends. One thing that amused me this time was that, next to the letter from the alumna who was complaining about the amount of white space in the magazine, the pull quote from the letter was surrounded by something like nine inches of blank space. I'm sure she'll be thrilled.
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[User Picture]From: leadsynth
2006-06-25 07:29 pm (UTC)


How useful your magazine is! I mostly use Northwestern Magazine to stalk other alums.
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[User Picture]From: lindseykuper
2006-06-26 01:36 am (UTC)

Re: p

I mostly use Plans for that. The mag is good for making family connections, though, since it always trumpets them pretty loudly. I guess they want us to send our kids to Grinnell, too.
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