Peas! Today we're talking about peas, which are so ubiquitous as a readily-available frozen food that it's almost hard to remember that they are fleetingly in season come early summer. There are three major varieties of peas, and we'll be talking about them separately: shelling peas (also called English peas or garden peas), snow peas, and snap peas.
Today: Tom muses on the raw materials of the kitchen and why he cooks over a plate of Ham-Cured Goose Legs with Butter-Poached Peas and Carrots. Just the other day, my dad was leaning against the fence watching the chickens do what chickens do while I knelt nearby, weeding some rogue arugula out from around the grapes. All the while, we engaged in a round of small talk. Soon enough, the conversation turned to the chickens.
As spring produce floods the Greenmarket, we're excited to be cooking fresh, springy meals -- it's about time. Winter root vegetables are all well and good, but there's nothing like a tender bunch of ramps, bright asparagus spears, and loamy morels, especially after months of sturdy carrots, potatoes, and apples. We're fully ready to welcome spring's bounty, and to do so, we will be cooking a feast -- a light Greenmarket feast -- full of recipes highlighting the best of this season's fruits and vegetables. We suggest you do the same.
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