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Surprise!

I was away from home last week, working on the other side of the country.  When I returned, a visit to my farmers market was very near the top of my “To Do” list.  Once there, I found the summer produce season at its peak, and amaranth, corn, lemon cucumbers, sweet onions, green garlic, chilis of every variety, baby eggplant, carrots, zucchini, okra, edamame, sugar snap peas, English shell peas, cranberry beans, watermelon, cantaloupe, peaches, cherries, blueberries, and countless varieties of tomatoes, all found their way into my cart.

I still have no idea what I will do with most of it, but I can hardly wait to find out.  I love a surprise!

Surprise!

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Peas and Carrots

The older I get, the more I wonder why we teach our children not to play with their food.  Why not?  Playing is how children learn.  If they’re being fussy and refusing to eat something, wouldn’t it be better to allow them play with it rather than to push them into resisting it even more?  The more often they’re exposed to a food, the more familiar it becomes, and the more familiar it is, the more likely they are to eat it.  So the next time the children in your life refuse to eat something, try telling them to play with it instead . . . they might just pop it in their mouths.

Peas & Carrots

Spring Pickle Salad

When two people share a 450 square foot apartment, there’s not a lot of room to “put food by” the way our ancestors did ― and the way our country cousins still do.  As a result, pickling for us is of a more temporal nature, and is really nothing more than marinating fresh vegetables in different vinegars, sweeteners, salts, spices, and herbs.  The need to eat them within a few days to a week isn’t much of a burden; we probably couldn’t refrain from eating them much longer than that anyway.

Spring Pickle Salad

Baby Carrots

Spring has arrived and, with it, baby vegetables.  Among them, baby carrots, some as small as my little finger.  They’re beautiful, sweet, and delicious.  Consider buying yourself some baby carrots this weekend at your local farmers market, then find a child or two and delight them with your best Bugs Bunny imitation.

Baby Carrots