Since Jenise is on the road ... thoughts on a September IOTM?

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Since Jenise is on the road ... thoughts on a September IOTM?

Postby Robin Garr » Tue Sep 05, 2006 3:51 pm

Anybody got a brilliant idea for an Ingredient of the Month that's fun to work with, interesting enough to inspire discussions and new (or traditional) recipes, not so common as to be boring nor so rare and difficult to acquire as to be impractical?

Having read that October is one of the two peak months of the year for <B>artichokes</B>, I was idly thinking about suggesting that for next month, subject to consensus.

But what about September? Normally I like to defer to Jenise for a nomination, but since they're traveling and we're already five days into September, I thought we might kick around ideas at least.

Suggestions?
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Re: Since Jenise is on the road ... thoughts on a September IOTM?

Postby Howie Hart » Tue Sep 05, 2006 3:58 pm

APPLES!
They're turning red on the trees now. Use in salads. Assorted desserts. With sausage. Cider in cooking.
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Re: Since Jenise is on the road ... thoughts on a September IOTM?

Postby Alan Wolfe » Wed Sep 06, 2006 10:42 am

Excellent suggestion Howie. Apples have my vote.
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Re: Since Jenise is on the road ... thoughts on a September IOTM?

Postby Larry Greenly » Wed Sep 06, 2006 11:07 am

Peak month for chiles.
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Re: Since Jenise is on the road ... thoughts on a September IOTM?

Postby Linda R. (NC) » Wed Sep 06, 2006 12:10 pm

Both apples and chiles are good suggestions. I would lean more toward chiles, though.
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Re: Since Jenise is on the road ... thoughts on a September IOTM?

Postby Robin Garr » Wed Sep 06, 2006 12:19 pm

Linda R. (NC) wrote:Both apples and chiles are good suggestions. I would lean more toward chiles, though.


I like apples AND chiles, and Howie and others are certainly correct that 'tis the season. That being said, I wonder if we'd get a lot of apple recipes compared to the broad, international range of possibilities for chiles. (I assume we'd focus on <i>fresh</i> chiles.)

I see Jenise has returned, so let's get her involved in this discussion, too.
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Re: Since Jenise is on the road ... thoughts on a September IOTM?

Postby Jenise » Wed Sep 06, 2006 9:12 pm

Both topics are good. Who doesn't like apples? But like Robin, I tend to think chiles might inspire more non-comfortzone adventure which is what I IOTM is really all about--doing what you DON'T usually do. I could even be talked into ordering in a bag of Hatch green chiles to roast and freeze for the winter, something I've been meaning to do but never gotten around to. This is what they do in New Mexico. The smells in New Mexico right now as people buy huge bags and pay someone to roast them right there on the street for them 50 or 100 pounds at a time is something anyone whose been there never forgets.

Btw, I was just in China's Sichuan province and saw the ristras of red chiles hanging in restaurant windows and marketplaces. They really do eat really hot food there, which is in part why I learned exactly three words there: please, thank you, and 'beer'. Oh, and I can say 'cold beer' if clarification is needed.
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Re: Since Jenise is on the road ... thoughts on a September IOTM?

Postby Jenise » Wed Sep 06, 2006 11:32 pm

Btw, I meant to mention that chiles come with the built-in advantage of having a resident chile expert, Larrry Greenly, around to comment and participate.
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Re: Since Jenise is on the road ... thoughts on a September IOTM?

Postby Larry Greenly » Thu Sep 07, 2006 12:36 am

Jenise, is that my pirate name: Larrry Greenly? Arrrgh.


No, just me rolling my r's.
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Re: Since Jenise is on the road ... thoughts on a September IOTM?

Postby tsunami » Sun Sep 10, 2006 7:00 pm

itom suggestions:

i have lots of ideas, but it has to be somting all can find :?

soo apple is fine to me.

and chilli also (but witch ones? from :oops: to :shock: to :twisted: ?
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