As the red and green of the winter holidays fade away, imagine those colors coming back into focus as slices of green and red jalapeños in the kitchen of A’Tavola Gourmet Marketplace and Café in Boise. These vibrant ingredients sit in large mixing bowls waiting for A’Tavola’s owner, Lisa Peterson, to gently press them into glass jars for pickling.
Peterson works off an old family recipe she’s stored on her smartphone while her father, Robert Rodriguez, mans the stove to heat a vinegary pickling mixture that is poured into these jars. Over time, the jalapeños’ spicy crunch will be transformed into the soft, sweet-and-sour tang of bread-and-butter-style peppers. … Read More