I roasted these peppers just for you, baby!

I roasted these peppers just for you, baby!

The economy has had a swift kick in the nuts for every consumer rich and poor.  The holidays are here and gifts need to be exchanged.  Your lovers are no exception.  The holidays are a great time to clean house of the more shameful members of your roster.  Give them nothing but a booty text with a holiday reference like “How’s my ho ho ho?”  But you may have one or two (or three or thirty) that you’d like to see more of in the New Year.  You gotta pony up sometimes, which doesn’t necessarily have to cost money.  Purchasing jewelry, lingerie or a personalized bowling ball can easily land you in trouble, especially if your give Tina the panties meant for Rochelle.  That’s why a culinary DIY project can bring a nice personal touch that reminds them once again what a phenomenal cook and lover you are.   Making some transportable food sends just the right message.  You won’t set up grand expectations or be considered stingy, just a matter of fact, “I think you are terrific and hope to bang you in the new year.”

Meet the roasted bell pepper.  This is a deceptively simple little treat that you could hypothetically have an assembly line if your game is especially strong.  The steps are simple and materials rather cheap.  Plus the colors are pretty and spruce of the aesthetics of many dishes.  Salads, sandwiches, appetizers and your lover’s naked body all get a little tastier with roasted peppers on top.  So what are you waiting for?  Save some cash with a splash of panache.

Step 1
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Place the desired amount of bell peppers into a glass, metal or ceramic bowl/pan with walls that go higher than the vegetables.  Roast them for approximately 45 minutes until the pepper’s skin starts to blacken and wrinkle.
Step 2
Place the roasted peppers in a plastic bag that can be tied or sealed and place in the refrigerator.  Allow at least an hour for the peppers to cool down.  Remove the peppers from the bag, remove the seeds and stalk, then peel the now loose skin off.  Jar them whole or cut into strips and give them to your lover(s).

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