IGNITE THE NIGHT
How do you make dinner guests deliriously happy? Greet them with bite-size jalapeño-bacon johnnycakes. The batter balances sweet and hot peppers: You can substitute fragrant Fresnos for the jalapeños; or Anaheims, which have a juicy, thick flesh, for bells. Or try cherry peppers, which hit both spicy and floral notes. Dollops of avocado- cilantro cream put out the fire, and a sprinkle of crunchy chopped raw peppers stands in for pico de gallo.