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Rooftop pepper drying

September 12, 2007 | 11:04 am

Img_1641_2While browsing at Windrose Farm's stall at the Santa Monica farmers market last Wednesday, I found some amazing fresh cayenne peppers.  Just as I was trying to figure out what to do with them, Melisse chef Josiah Citrin happened by (yes, he's there every week).  So I asked him.  He said he dries them himself.  How?  Oh, in his dehydrator.  When I told him I didn't have one of those lying around, he suggested drying them on my roof. In Culver City?  No, said Citrin: too humid.  "You should do it on the roof of the Times building," said Citrin, smiling.  So that's where they are, drying in the dehydrating winds above the 12th floor, with a happy view of the downtown cityscape.  Maybe buildings where newspapers are published have their own terroir?

-- Amy Scattergood

Photo by Amy Scattergood