Roasted Corn and Shishito Pepper Pizza

Roasted Corn and Shishito Pepper Pizza

Another summer, another year to roast the heck out of shishito peppers. 

Since my first introduction to these funny little peppers, I can't help but roast pints of them when they are in season. Usually I opt for some variation of this super simple method, and this year is no exception—they are best simply charred with a little bit of sea salt. 

So why not top them on pizza? 1 in 10 of these peppers has a bit of a fire, although for the most recent basket I bought it was more like 1 in 3. As a person who is still working on being comfortable with spicy foods, I'll eat them like chips until I get a particularly spicy one. Luckily, the fire from shishito peppers quickly fades away. This spice lends a similar kick to topping your pizza with crushed red pepper flakes but with more of a fresh pepper taste.

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Let's Talk...Cashew Basil Pesto

Let's Talk...Cashew Basil Pesto

I've been trying really hard to keep my basil plant alive and well.

It would be easier to just get a bunch of basil at the grocery store but I've found that you might as well just get the plant. It's either the same price or just a bit more and doesn't result in sad wilt-y, dried, black leaves buried in the back of your fridge. 

My history with basil plants has been short-lived and gloomy. Last summer I decided to get one and left it outside to grow. The first few weeks were great. I added basil to tomato sauce. I put basil leaves in my salad. But then it got covered in dust from leaf blowers, eaten to bits by aphids and ended up suffering without enough sun. And I'm pretty sure I forgot to water it way too often.

I generally have a pretty bad track record when it comes to taking care of plants. Why is it so hard to remember to water something daily?

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