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1 seems no one is here on Sun Sep 15, 2013 8:23 pm


no one is posting anything really.

This a forum for cooking . It looks to me like ya'll have lost interest.

I am not enjoying talking to myself.

I will be back when I see other folks posting.Crying or Very sad 

2 Re: seems no one is here on Mon Sep 16, 2013 3:18 am

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Barbara101 wrote:no one is posting anything really.

This a forum for cooking . It looks to me like ya'll have lost interest.

I am not enjoying talking to myself.

I will be back when I see other folks posting.Crying or Very sad 
we went out of town to visit my in-laws.. and did not online until we got home late at night

3 Re: seems no one is here on Mon Sep 16, 2013 3:16 pm


Well, come on back now or it'll just be me talking. And we can't have THAT!!

4 Re: seems no one is here on Tue Sep 17, 2013 10:56 am


Barbara101 wrote:will be back when I see other folks posting.

Okay, Missy!  We're posting now so come on back!  Tell us what you're smoking today.What a Face 

Brian bought 12 red bell peppers at the grocery (they were on sale -- when they're not, it's like buying meat!) and he's going to smoke about 9 of them today.  You really ought to try smoking some red bells, Barb.  You just plop them on the grill (well, we rinse and dry them first and take off those little aggravating stickers the grocery puts on) and they take about 2-1/2 to 3 hours of smoking -- just until they get puckered and collapse a little.  If you don't want to make Smoked Red Bell Pepper Soup (trust me -- make it as it's divine), just put the smoked bells in a couple of ziploc bags (I use the freezer type for this 'cause they can store for a while and they're harder to puncture in the fridge) and use right out of the fridge.  They peel in a flash with your fingers and the smoked bell liquid in the bag is also great to use in sauces or something you're making on the stove.  They're also great to peel and then use a half of one on a sandwich in lieu of a tomato -- they add a great sophisticated taste to a sandwich and look pretty, too, when the sandwich is sliced in half.  

I know I've posted this a bunch of times but here's my recipe for the soup again.  Hopefully, it will draw Barbara out of her self-imposed exile!

Smoked Red Bell Pepper Soup

3 lbs. red bell peppers (about 9 large)
2 Tbsp. unsalted butter
2 stalks celery
1 medium onion
1 tsp. dried thyme leaves, crushed between fingers
1 bay leaf
6 cups homemade rich chicken stock with little to no salt, heated (vegetable stock can also be used)
2 cups whipping cream
Salt & freshly ground black pepper
Croutons (garnish)

Prepare smoker and soak 4 hickory blocks for 1 hour. Once coals are ready and smoker is hot, arrange bells on two grills, leaving a bit of space between each pepper. Add hickory blocks to coals and smoke peppers for about 2-1/2 to 3 hours, or until skin is very puckered and the peppers have collapsed a bit. Cool peppers and peel (you can also put in fridge to hold them for a day or two until you make the soup or just use from the fridge; save liquid peppers give off, though). Remove core, seeds and ribs inside each pepper and chop fine, reserving any juice that accumulates while chopping.

Melt butter in heavy large soup pot over medium heat. Add celery and onion and cook for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add chopped peppers with any reserved liquid and cook for 5 minutes, stirring often. Add heated chicken stock, crushed thyme and bay leaf and simmer for 1 hour to reduce, stirring occasionally.

Remove bay leaf. Puree soup in blender in several batches. Return pureed soup to pot. Add whipping cream to soup, stirring until well blended. Simmer for 45 minutes, stirring occasionally and making sure soup isn't sticking to the bottom of the pot (if sticking, reduce heat slightly and stir more often). Season with salt and freshly ground pepper to taste. Ladle into warm soup bowls and sprinkle with croutons. If you have some fresh thyme sprigs, they look great on top of the soup as well.

This makes about 6 servings but could easily serve 8, as the soup is very rich.

This was a recipe I adapted from Bon Appetit about 25 or so years ago. Their version used chicken breasts cooked in stock to make it richer but I usually have homemade chicken stock in the freezer so after making it a couple of times, I eliminated the chicken from the recipe and added croutons. Also, I think they "smoked" the peppers on a BBQ grill using indirect heat method instead of on a smoker. Plus, they strained the soup after blending it which is totally unnecessary, and also blended it after adding the cream, which is something I never do with a cream soup.

5 Re: seems no one is here on Tue Sep 17, 2013 11:14 am


 thanks Michelle..

I know red pepper are expensive.I only buy them & other colored ones when on sale.

I have grilled them before.Smoking is high on my next to do list.Cheapo smoker I bought . I really like it tho. No brainer works for me.

I loaded up at the meat counter on sunday morning .Great sale prices.

Got a lot of country style ribs. May have to smoke some of those.

grilling a flank steak today/tonight.

BTW when I went to the store on Sunday they had 60% off patio umbrellas ..$20. heheheh I got one. then decided that was such a great price I went back yesterday & got another one geek 
back up..

It is till stinking hot here, coming down tho, 85` today.

thanks for the recipe..

6 Re: seems no one is here on Tue Sep 17, 2013 11:29 am


Yay! You're back! I missed you and your posts.

Super deal on the umbrellas, B. You can use one over the smoker when it's raining (grin)!!

I was telling Brian how you bought an electric smoker and how you were smoking your tail off -- he liked your idea of smoking bacon-wrapped chicken thighs and I think he put chicken thighs on the grocery list.

He's been using a lot of pecan wood lately (a female bartender at a sports bar he used to have lunch at saves it for him, as after a storm, she always picks up the branches that have fallen from her pecan tree) and it truly adds a lot of flavor -- much more than I thought it would. He even used it with the charcoal on the grill not so long ago when he cooked some stuffed bell peppers I made on the grill so I didn't have to turn on the oven. They were extra good, too.

He told me to remind you when you have an empty shelf when you're smoking something to smoke some sea salt or some Kosher salt. We just put it in a metal cake pan and put it on there, shaking it up every time you have to open the smoker. Then we bag it in a Ziploc when it cools and it's quite good. We hate having an empty shelf in the smoker so we always try to fill it up.

Another thing that's great to stick on there in a cake pan when you have the room is whole tomatoes. The smoked tomatoes taste great when sliced for a sandwich or used in whatever you're cooking on top of the stove (like a pot roast, for instance). They're also good chilled and used in a salad.

7 Re: seems no one is here on Tue Sep 17, 2013 12:34 pm


great info there. Thanks.I do have the top shelf empty.I forgot to do the salt.I sure will do that.
I still use the foil packs. I have to make the skinny to fit around the heater coil thing.I also am going to get more lava rocks. If I can find some now. Home depot may have some.??

That is the I had stuff all fixed to throw in & it poured down.So I ended up grilling burgers.I can do that under my patio roof.

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