Why do peppers figure so prominently in my life?
A tour of the Coop produce aisle in October would have brought tears to my mother's eyes - mounds of cherub-cheeked peppers in red, yellow, orange, and green - an organic kaleidoscope. Perfect for making the star dish of our Rosh Hashanah meal - Roasted Pepper Salad (Salade de Piments), a spectacular side dish/condiment of garlicky, carmelized roasted peppers.
But the High Holy Days happened in Florida for most of my adult life, which meant a semi-annual expedition to Publix. Every other Jew in Plantation had the same idea. My Mom, sister, and I always felt a permed grey hair's breadth away from an auntie fight over gefilte fish.