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Rainy Night Washington Comfort Food 
Feb. 23, 2010 5:31 pm 
Updated: Mar. 11, 2010 1:16 pm
Last night was an omen of things to come as I watched the clouds rolling up the Columbia River. We have had beautiful weather the last week with temperatures in the mid-to-upper 60's. But the clouds grew darker and darker and kept rolling on over, no matter how hard I wished for them to be gone! About 9 pm last night, the first sprinkling of rain could be heard on my tarped, tin roof....this morning, it was pouring down. Not unusual for my beloved state of Washington, mind you! My husband wanted Stuffed Peppers tonight for dinner, so off we went, in the pouring down rain to the grocery store across town, not our usual. They had red and green bell peppers on sale 2 for 98 cents, so we got one of each. They are also the only grocery store in town to stock shallots in their produce department.

We picked up just shy of a pound of lean ground beef for around $2. This is how I make meatloaf. As a lot of you know, if you read my blogs, I have a big DISLIKE of ketchup...really, that's putting it mildly...let's face it and be honest, I hate the stuff and think it's the most disgusting concoction on earth. Anyway, for 2 servings (1 pepper each), the ingredients are: 2 bell peppers, whatever colors you like: red, green, yellow...heck, I even saw a purple one once, I think...; a pound or so of burger...
One minced shallot, unless they come like these double ones, if that's the case, just use one!

The spices I used are: Sicilian sea salt & coarse ground black pepper to taste; 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes; a teaspoon each of worcestershire sauce, balsamic vinegar and tamari (aged soy sauce, in the Asian section of your supermarket)...

I like garlic, so I used 2 finely minced cloves, if you don't like it so much, just use one or none, depending on your tastes.

2 tablespoons of freshly grated parmesano-reggiano (I hope I spelled that right!) cheese...

1/3 cup of Italian-style bread crumbs; 1 egg (I hope you get double yolkers like I did); 1/2 teaspoon of chipotle hot sauce...add more if you like things more spicy...and the kicker ingredient...1 big tablespoon of currant jelly...I know it's sounds completely off the mark, but trust me, it makes a huge difference because there is not much liquid in here, it helps to bind.

And mix this all up with clean hands.

Still reading after the currant jelly?

Anyway, back to the recipe, I used 1 one green and 1 red bell pepper, cut in half and the guts taken out...

Divide the meat mixture into fourths and stuff those peppers...

I cut 2 strips of bacon in half and placed a half-strip of center cut applewood smoked bacon over each pepper half and used half of a jarred, roasted red pepper cut into strips and draped it over the whole works...I added about a tablespoon of water to the bottom of the baking dish...this is my 9 x 9 glass pyrex and I love it!

Cover with foil and put in a pre-heated 350 degree oven...I hope your oven is bigger than mine! The foil is on the bottom and the baking pan is on the rack to diffuse the heat and get rid of the hot spots in there that will burn food quicker than anything! I have heard that a tile will help with this problem, but the foil and baking sheet do the trick, too! Bake for 30-45 minutes or so until the meatloaf mixture is done.

Horseradish Mashed Potatoes for 2: 2 medium sized russett potatoes, peeled and quartered
2 cloves of garlic, smashed and peeled
2 tablespoons minced Italian parsley
2 tablespoons butter
1tablespoon heavy cream
1 -2 tablespoons prepared horseradish
Salt and pepper, to taste...I, again used my standard coarse sea salt and coarse ground black pepper...I like the taste!
Basically, make mashed potatoes, you all know how...using all the above! These are really grubbin'!

And this was my Washington Rainy Night Comfort Food....

I hope you enjoy!

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Feb. 23, 2010 7:08 pm
WW you inspire me!! I too love the PNW and can hardly wait for my home here in GA to sell so I can get back home. From reading your blogs and enjoying your pictures, I do know I want to come to dinner when we get back home!! :)
Feb. 23, 2010 7:34 pm
You're on, Lynda...I think it would be cool to meet you!
Feb. 23, 2010 8:07 pm
You make me long for 60 degrees and beautiful cloudy sunsets... after 80+ days of a snow covered ground, I would kill for it!
Feb. 23, 2010 9:22 pm
Gosh, we've had 3 days of 90 degree plus heat here in New Zealand (yes, summer did finally arrive) but this is lookin' GOOD! I totally get the jelly!
Feb. 23, 2010 9:23 pm
PS - great with the pics!
Feb. 24, 2010 6:42 am
Great photos and step by step instructions again, WW!! You've really got it goin' on! By the way, who are the folks on your Profile Photo? Keep on cookin'!!
Feb. 24, 2010 6:45 am
That would be our wedding picture taken 4 years last December.
Feb. 24, 2010 7:54 am
We'll find out after Tuesday, next week...the biopsy was postponed!
Feb. 24, 2010 8:22 pm
beautiful photos WW! I love stuffed peppers and you sure made them look yummy! I like the weather pictures also.You are a good protographer.
Feb. 28, 2010 7:09 am
Just gorgeous WW! And your pictures are great too...a serious accomplishment!
Mar. 11, 2010 1:16 pm
just discovered your blog and subscribed. I love all the interesting recipes you have done and in an rv to boot. We camp on weekends and live in Spokane,Wa. I've never made such wonderful food in my trailer however,lol.
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I've been married to my husband for almost 10 years. My husband is a cancer survivor. We live in SW Washington state about 30 miles Mt. St. Helens, but I'm originally from Forks, the little town made famous by the Twilight series. First, I am a food writer. My blog is called Baked Lava and I'm currently cooking my way around the world, a meal from every country and territory and lots of original recipes. I feature my original recipes in a monthly column for our local newspaper. I've had my blog featured in Trailblazer Magazine. I love my container garden and the community garden that I've helped get started. My garden passion is growing rare heirloom tomatoes. I admin several garden groups on Facebook. I love to create new recipes. I don't have children unless you count the 4-legged variety. I am a multiple prize-winning nature photographer. I am also a professional cook and work in the food industry and continue to further my education with every opportunity that comes my way.
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I don't have really a favorite thing to cook, per say...I'm not afraid to cook anything. I've recently taught myself how to can and make bread. I still have no great love of making cookies. I'm getting very well-versed in worldwide cuisine, as I'm cooking my way around the world. I love to create new recipes and rarely, anymore, do I have one that flops, but it does and will happen...the road to hell was paved with good intentions, or so they say. My favorite cuisine in this worldwide culinary adventure has been, so far, Belgium...fantastic food! I also am partial to Vietnamese, Korean, Azerbaijani and Hungarian cuisine...and Middle Eastern food kicks @ss!
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My favorite family cooking tradition is the weekly international meals that I prepare. The tradition is that my blog readers choose what country they would like to see from week to week and I cook an entire meal for 4 people with a budget of $20. Right now I am in the middle of my "Austerity" project where we are solely eating from the freezers and cupboards...you really have to creative to do this and I am making up recipes as I go...I have used a few AR recipes and credit back to them, though.
My cooking triumphs
I've had several of my original recipes published. I've had my blog featured in a magazine. I now write a monthly food column based on my blog for our local newspaper. I am a Food Buzz featured publisher, I'm on PetitChef, RecipesUS and Foodista among many, many other cooking websites. I guess it's safe to say that due to my cooking, I have now ventured into the world of food blogging and into a smaller group of us fellow global food bloggers and I've made some amazing friends. I've recently had several recipes published in a co-op cookbook of international food bloggers.
My cooking tragedies
There have been several and there aren't enough characters in the 1000 allotted to list them all down! My motto? Nothing ventured, nothing gained. You've got nothing to lose by trying something new!
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