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Soup Season is Here!

Many, many apologies for my loooong absence from these pages. Other areas of my life have been crazy busy – NorCAN Conference organizing, North Coast Journal theatre reviewing, my best friend of forty years moving to Eureka to take the helm at the Sequoia Park Zoo Foundation – all of which left me little time for Humboldt Made-ing.

But it is fall, and that means soup season. However, the farmers' market is still overflowing with summer produce, so a couple of weeks ago I did a little experiment, roasting hot peppers instead of the usual bell peppers for soup. I was very happy with the result, so yesterday I cooked up a bigger batch that was equally delicious, and I’m happy to share the recipe with you here.

One word of warning – do not make this soup in an unventilated kitchen. Open a door or window, or at least turn on the extractor fan. Peppers off-gas like crazy and can cause coughing and breathing problems. (But it’s worth it, I promise!).

Roasted Hot Pepper Soup


  • 10-12 assorted hot and sweet peppers (mine came from Flying Blue Dog Farm)
  • 1 cup diced yellow potatoes
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 2T butter
  • 2t smoked paprika
  • ¼ cup white wine
  • 1 cup cream
  • 8 cups water
  • Salt to taste

Turn on the broiler. While it’s heating up, cut each pepper in half and scrape out and toss the seeds and ribs. Wash your hands thoroughly. When the broiler is good and hot, lay the peppers out on foil on a baking tray and place 4”-6” from the heat. Let cook for 10-15 minutes or until blackened and blistered.

Remove peppers from the heat and use tongs to carefully place them in a brown paper bag. Seal the bag and leave it alone for 20 minutes minimum. The steam inside the bag makes it easier to peel skin off the peppers.

While the peppers are steaming, melt the butter in a large pot over medium heat (I use a Dutch oven). Add the potatoes and onions, sauté until softened

onions and potatoes

Remove from the heat and set aside while you carefully peel the peppers. They will fall apart, but that’s OK. Chop them into small pieces and wash your hands again.

Place the pot back on the heat. Add the peppers, the smoked paprika, and the wine. Cook off the wine and add the 8 cups of water and salt to taste. Bring to a boil and then simmer for 20 minutes or so, until everything’s nice and soft.

Turn off the heat and blend the soup with an immersion blender until smooth. If you don’t have an immersion blender, carefully transfer the hot liquid to a food processor and puree it (you may need to batch-process it, depending on the capacity of your food processor).

finished soup

Stir in the cream, et voilà - a great soup for a chilly autumn evening!

PS – If the soup is too spicy, adding more cream will tone it down.

Oysters Ales & More Friday September 18th

Join us this Friday, September 18th

Oysters, Ale and More takes place under the BIG tent at the beautiful Marina on Woodley Island. Attendees will enjoy an evening of auction bidding, dancing to the cool tunes of Hip Joint, tasting fantastic local products and drinking frosty libations, all to benefit Humboldt Made. 

Guaranteed to be great fun you will enjoy yummy local food including oysters and beef, listen fantastic music and have the opportunity to bid on cool auction items, all under the tent at the beautiful Woodley Island Marina. 

The Hip Joint will perform Slam Jazzy Funk Bop Tunes with a Cherry on Top!

Mia Casasanta, Songwriter, songbird and rhythm whisperer ~ 
Cory Goldman, String Tickler to the Gods ~
Mike Tofu Schwartz, Beats 'n Boom ~ 
Chuck Johnson, Curly haired thump pumper ~ 
Justin Schwartzman, The Reed-Nastier Key-Master

Humboldt County's Celebrity Auctioneer AND County Supervisor Rex Bohn will be auctioning off some fabulous items. 

Tickets are $30 and include six tokens to be used for local food and drink with additional tokens available for purchase. 


Tickets can be purchased online at:

or in person at Wildberries Marketplace and Eureka Natural Foods

Oysters and Ales Live Auction Item #13

#13 Live Art with Matt Beard

Live painting by the talented Matt Beard!

A little about Matt......

Considers both art and surfing wonderful problems to have and stopped trying to quit either of them years ago.

Makes art for folks all over Humboldt County and beyond, and has been doing so for the last 20 years.

Draws until his eyes go blurry.

Paints when he gets fed up with everything else.

Has seen his art published in all sorts of international surf and art media publications, including The Surfer’s Journal (2008 -Vol.17, #3).

Makes art that is enjoyed and collected by folks all over the US, Canada, Australia, Europe, and even in parts of Arcata.

Yes, his last name really is “Beard”.

Never liked shaving anyway.

See,  it all works out.

Good Grief.

Oysters and Ales Live Auction Item #12

#12 A day with the Jacks basketball team!


Behind the scenes with the coaching staff and team preparation watchi

ng opponents scout video, observing the team day of the game 'oot around' practice session and have an all access pass to the Locker room for game time!

Oysters and Ales Live Auction Item #11

#11 The new Lost Coast Brewery Private Tour

You and 3 guests will be taken on a private tour with Briar Bush and owner Barbara of the new, state of the art brewing facilities in Eureka. Head on over to the cafe after for tasting and a bite.


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