Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Bell (Pepper) of the Ball

You know when you are just going along, minding your business, not thinking about anything in particular, and then suddenly you find yourself having a deep, profound thought? And you realize you are thinking about something in a whole new way, as if a secret door opened up to reveal a new room in your brain?
Well, this is not one of those thoughts. It was more like a medium-intelligent observation. But those are rare enough in themselves, so here I share it with you: The difference between an okay meal and a really good one is sauce. (I warned you it wasn't going to be mind-blowing). No, but think about it: when you have a great dinner at a restaurant, there is always another level of flavor added to the food by a great sauce. It's such a simple thing, but it really makes the difference in elevating a meal from so-so to something specual. Here is one of those sauces, which is guaranteed to enhance anything you want to put it on top of: fish, chicken, veggies... even pasta. Make extra and it you can freeze half of it for a later date when you have a boring dinner that needs boosting. And, as with everything I make, it's quick and easy to prepare, leaving you plenty of time to ruminate on your next deep thought.

Bell Pepper Sauce
3 Red or Yellow Bell Peppers, diced
1 Red onion, diced
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/4 cup orange juice
1/2 lemon
salt and pepper

Here's what you do:
Put the olive oil, peppers and onion in a large skillet or pan over medium heat. Cook until soft and tender.
Put the peppers and onions in a foodprocessor or blender, and add the orange juice. Blend until smooth. Add lemon juice, salt and pepper to taste. Enjoy!


Anonymous said...

Great post! Speaking of cooking, we just saw the charming movie "Julie and Julia"- about Julia Child and her fan and blogger- a Julie in NYC. Couldn't help but notice a few parallels between characters/situations in the movie, and our very charming blog mistress here. Was wondering, has blog mistress seen the movie?

Chloe said...

I have to say Lil you are so right and having tried this on the night you so sweetly cooked us dinner, not to mention on your vacation it was awesome! Really pulled the whole thing together. Everyone needs to try this one! xox

Katie said...

I completely agree that sauce is the key ingredient in a delicious meal. Just watch any cooking show or challenge/competition show like Hell's Kitchen...there is always a sauce. I can't wait to try this sauce! Thank you for the recipe.