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Category Archives: Spring

Barley Salad with Asparagus & Herbs

Barley Salad with Asparagus & Herbs

I Go Down to the Shore by Mary Oliver I go down to the shore in the morning and depending on the hour the waves are rolling in or moving out, and I say, oh, I am miserable, what shall— what should I do? And the sea says in its lovely voice: Excuse me, I […]

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fleeting | marinated favas with ricotta & toast

fleeting | marinated favas with ricotta & toast

Spring and summer propel me toward urgency. Everything at the market is fleeting, here for only an instant before disappearing for another year. Shelling peas, fava beans, sour cherries, rhubarb, figs: these are the worst offenders. So too with balmy weather and vacation and those weekends that are just made for camping. Look at it another way, and it’s rare and precious, […]

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magic itself

magic itself

I was sure I’d already mentioned my rhubarb theory here, but it turns out I have not. I’ve talked about rhubarb, yes: how nicely it plays in a coffee cake (plus a poem, there, for good measure), how lovely it is roasted, how to tuck it underneath a crumble. But I’ve not mentioned my most profound thought on this […]

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all at once

all at once

And all at once, the markets are overflowing with bright spring greens, fresh favas, formidable artichokes, rosy strawberries, slender asparagus and so much more. I hear that warmth and sunshine are bursting through after the long, weary winter that so many east of here endured. Flowers are blooming, baby geese are hatching and we’re dreaming […]

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the hopeful reminder

the hopeful reminder

Spring is upon us, and with it, asparagus and pretty purple spring onions and chives and soft greens and the first strawberries. Here in Northern California, the sky has been a brilliant blue and the days warm and full of sun that lingers into evening. Rhubarb will be coming soon, and fresh peas and fava […]

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