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Old Lady Holley and Marinated Peppers

I hold out hope for my children’s vegetable consumption because of personal experience.

Growing up, I didn’t like green salad, cauliflower, watermelon, asparagus, mushrooms, onions, tomatoes, or brussels sprouts. These are all things that “old lady Holley” loves now.

Of the list above, my kids eat green salad (slathered in ranch) and asparagus on random, unexpected occasions. Miss Rae will eat watermelon. That’s it. No mushrooms, cauliflower or brussels sprouts.


But, praise Mother Earth, something crazy happens to taste buds as you get older and unless your name is Matty B, you start liking more things. Am I wrong?


I like dill pickles (always have), but NOT sweet pickles.

Until today. I found a recipe for marinated peppers and the process was too easy to ignore. Basically, you throw whatever raw veg you have on hand (think asparagus, green beans, onions, etc) in a marinade of apple cider vinegar, sugar and garlic. I used bell peppers. Let it sit for an hour or so in the fridge.


And I tasted my peppers. And they were so yummy! And they tasted how I thought sweet pickles might taste. And I wondered, could it be that “old lady Holley taste buds” have kicked in? Do I like sweet pickles?


It turns out that I do! Now, I just need to get used to “old lady Holley gray hairs”…

Marinated Peppers


1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
3 TBS sugar
1 minced garlic clove

1 1/2 bell peppers, varying colors if desired.


Whisk first three ingredients together in a small bowl. Chop peppers to desired size and mix into vinegar mixture. Cover and refrigerate for at least an hour.


One response »

  1. Old lady Holley tastebuds?!!! Excuse me, but you aren’t old yet! Just had to clear that up for you.


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