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Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Of Great Social and Political Importance

I got a container of pepperoncini the other day. You know, those hot peppers you sometimes get topped on a salad? I've never bought them in such a large quantity, before. What am I gonna do with a peck of pickled peppers?

I just wanna announce that I love 'em and they're going fast! I can easily knock out a half dozen in a single sitting or continually munch on them while hanging out in the kitchen. They are particularly good with meaty, salty things, hence the oft used combination with pepperoni or mozzarella cheese. I have found that wrapping then in a crispy slice of bacon works just fine, as well.

Eating these little peppers requires a physical, whole body commitment. You gotta get involved. Most Italian food is like that--You throw the pasta against the wall, tear off slabs of bread, and meditatively stir the sauce like you were a gondolier. So with the peppers, you hold the stem, grab the pepper with your teeth and pull the stem off. Juices may squirt all over the place, but if you do it right they drizzle over your salad or sandwich or leave a tangy ring around your mouth to flavor your next bite. I don't want to make this sound too precise, because it isn't. It is more invigorating and refreshing. It does require a level of attentiveness much different than mindlessly drubbing your hand into a bowl of party mix.


  1. I should also mention I woke up at 1:30 with an intense stomach ache last night, but I refuse to believe it had anything to do with the 10 hot peppers I ate...

  2. I love peppicinis. I'm always the one who eats them all when they come with the pizza ordered...

  3. Hmmm. Maybe eat some papaya enzyme tablets after every 10 peppers consumed? Papaya enzyme is a natural remedy for stomach troubles. Much better for you than Pepto.