Food Trends

Shishito Peppers

Ever wonder how food trends get started? You see a new food on a menu, you spy the ingredient at the grocery, then Allrecipes has a million (okay many) recipes for the same food on line.

Sometimes it’s a grower, sometimes a distributor but often a celebrity chef who brings an item to the table. A news article, a great picture, a radio interview and you’re eating spelt. Or whatever.

Shishito peppers are a new trend for me. We love peppers in general; mild tasting cubanelles were a staple of my youth. And we grow peppers in the summer garden with limited success. So, when I saw these Japanese shishito peppers on a trendy appetizer menu, I thought I would try them

Like most peppers these are low in calories, low in fat, rich in vitamins C and K. They can be eaten raw or cooked. They are fairly mild though recipes comment that about 1 in 20 peppers have a bit of heat.

We buy them at the grocery in quart size bags and do find a mix of very mild to just a trace of heat to them.

Shishitos are small, perhaps the size of your pointer finger. They contain seeds that are edible and, although I suspect you could eat the stems, we didn’t.

We blistered them in a hot non-stick pan with just a skim of oil. Typically I put peppers on an outdoor grill to blacken them but these are too small for that.

We added a light sprinkle of salt, pepper and white balsamic vinegar and ate them like a finger food.

I can’t now recall how that first restaurant served them – only that they were delish.

During this in-between produce season, try a variation on one of your favorite veggies (purple cauliflower anyone?) to be well,


PS Let me know of any new veggies you’ve tried recently.



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Nutrition “news”

Haven’t done this in awhile, but here we go today: POP QUIZ.

Should you get your nutrition advice from:

  1. a Russian “bot”
  2. your neighbor (but honestly, would Janis steer me wrong?)
  3. the magazines at the grocery store check-out line
  4. someone selling you something
  5. Facebook
  6. none of the above

Did Facebook stump you? Food and nutrition information on Facebook is consistently specious;  and we often buy right in. We take the grain of truth we recognize from an article and figure the rest of what they’re promoting must be correct. Oops.

So, let’s review. What we want to see on Facebook are pictures of kids, grands, cat videos, a great sunset.

What we should avoid is health information (probably on any health subject but definitely related to nutrition).

You can skip reading: bananas cause weight gain, coconut water is a superior fluid replacement drink, juice cleanses are the way to go (pun intended) or keto diets for weight loss are IT  (since no scientific studies support that). Well, I could go on, but you get the picture.

While promoters of these fallacies are getting smarter and “publish” articles that look more scientific, they aren’t any better than the old grocery tabloid…though, sometimes I do wonder about the Elvis sightings.

Answer #6 to be well,


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