We are officially suffering from Spring fever. Anyone who has spent two or more years in Colorado knows they’re going to have their hearts broken if they plant before Mother’s Day. I believe that our collective resistence to planting too early has induced Mother Nature to extend the warmer-than-average streak.
“Go ahead,” we say. “Test us.” And she does.
So I nearly caved on this bright, warm morning when I found an incredible issue of Country Living online. The ultimate kitchen garden design is feeding the fever. It has a plan — put together out of ideas from chefs like Alice Waters, Peter Hoffman and Rick Bayless — and it has a list of specific varieties of edibles, seed resources, instructions for scaling it down to the size of your own garden plot, recipes, gardening advice — everything.
This is as local as you can get. And we love local foods.
To put some “spring” in your step, try this bright, seasonal asparagus frittata with horseradish sour cream – seems like a perfect plan for an Easter weekend brunch.
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Tagged Alice Waters, asparagus, CHOW, Country Living Magazine, Easter, garden, gardening, horseradish, Lexington, Peter Hoffman, Rick Bayless, seeds, spring, University of Kentucky
Bless your little Irish heart and every other Irish part.
We all recognize the earliest signs of spring, even here in the high country where spring occurs from May 19 to Memorial Day — with the possibility of at least one fat wet snow in there. We have years of experience with enticing, warmer-than-usual March days between reruns of winter. Our snowiest month is usually April.
Our signs of spring, whatever the weather, are college basketball playoffs and St. Patrick’s Day and then the anticipation of Easter and Passover.
Reminded that college basketball and the snake-banishing St. Patrick are forever entwined in our 21st Century culture, I was steered to a savory hard-Irish-cider dip (along with soda-bread croutons and shamrock-bacon confetti) at 1finecookie.com . Now that is March Madness.
Almost any raw crunchy vegetable will go down better dipped in aioli. And then Food Republic comes along with a recipe for Redeye Mayonnaise courtesy of the chefs from momofuku. (It actually calls for coffee and Thai hot sauce – but I tried it and it is wonderful.) If the hectic basketball schedule begins to wear you down snack-wise, fall back on the very best basics: salsa and chips of some variety. The Pioneer Woman cookbook has the perfect restaurant-style salsa for your munching pleasure.
Lafujimama has this incredible looking shamrock smoothie for a dose of liquid Irish luck. And I found a guinness chocolate pudding on closetcooking.com. That just has to be worth a try…
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Tagged basketball, college, Food Republic, guinness, March Madness, momofuku, NCAA, shamrock, soda bread, spring, St. Patrick, St. Patrick's Day