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Ground Breaking

Reuse, recycle, reduce. We hear these ideas all the time and I tend to think they are good ones. It comes in especially great when someone gives me an old kiln.  That is exactly what happened when the electric kiln that we used for cone 6 glaze firing gave up the ghost at Callanwolde. It’s a good size kiln, much bigger than my electric kiln but I’m not interested in rewiring this one. You may remember I did that with my electric kiln when I installed the kiln sitter (you can read about that here) which I got from another free kiln.

My plan for this kiln is to make it a reduction kiln since that is the look I like best for my pots. I am even considering adding a stoke hole so I can feed some small piece of wood into the kiln for some ash and wood effects.

Before I can start converting it into a gas kiln I need to build a kiln shed. My current kiln room is fine for the electric kiln but it’s too crowded to add flame to the mix. I’m designing a simple lean-to type shed that will have a m…

Meatless Monday - Roasted Pepper Salad with Capers and Avocado

Don’t you just love roasted vegetables? Something about roasting them really brings out the best flavors. Now that summer is fading it’s cool enough for me to want to have the oven on to roast the veggies but it’s still summer enough to enjoy a good salad. Of course a salad like this would be good in the depths of winter or the hight of summer because it’s so incredibly delicious.

Seriously, you owe it to yourself to try this salad. It’s got a bit of spice but not enough to hurt you if you’re sensitive. Of course you could always try even milder peppers if you’re super sensitive to spicy foods.

Roasted Pepper Salad

Roasted Pepper Salad with Capers


2 lbs bell peppers (or other)
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
salt to taste
fresh ground black pepper to taste

1 cup (or more) halved cherry tomatoes
6 oz. fresh mozzarella, diced to yield about 1 cup
1 tablespoon capers
1/4 cup pine nuts, toasted (or substitute with almonds)
roughly chopped basil or cilantro
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
1 avocado


1. Preheat the oven to 450ºF. Cut each pepper in half through the core. Remove seeds and stem. Cut each half into three or four strips. Place strips in a large bowl. Drizzle with oil and toss to coat.

2. Arrange peppers slices, cut-side up, on a large baking sheet. Roast for 25 to 30 minutes or until peppers are tender and slightly browned on the edges — thinner peppers will cook more quickly, so start checking at 20 minutes if thin.

3. Serve warm or at room temperature or continue on and make the salad.

4. Toss together the diced peppers, halved cherry tomatoes, mozzarella, capers, toasted pine nuts, herbs, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and avocado to taste. Taste and adjust seasoning as necessary. Enjoy.

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  1. sounds delicious, I never have roasted my own peppers and I love them (always got them in a jar), and love capers too.


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