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The Official First Day of Spring

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So, today officially spring begins even though it has been evident for days that the calendar and the flowers, trees and shrubs have already synched up.

The tulips in our yard are up. In Columbia, where I went today for a doctor’s appointment, they are already way ahead of us in terms of the color all around. We are a few degrees cooler and a few hundred feet higher in elevation than Columbia.

To me, my favorite thing to celebrate spring is fennel salad. Light and tart, full of the delicacy of the baby fennel, the tartness of juice oranges, and bite of red onion, I love making this every spring.

It will be dressed with the best olive oil I have, and sprinkled with sea salt and white pepper.

My other favorite thing to cook in spring is asparagus. We have wild asparagus growing out under our crepe myrtles. I keep going out there to look for it, but it usually doesn’t show up until mid April. Just checking to see if the warm weather has hastened the sprouting of them, but no luck yet. Asparagus frittata, yum!

As for my trip to Roots the other day, I had to indulge in Hummingbird Farms tomatoes, from their hydroponic plantings. I know I really should eat tomatoes in season to get the best tasting tomatoes, but these beauties just called to me from the case.

I think they will be sliced open and served with Cherry Glen Gold goat cheese. Drizzled with St. Helena Olive Oil’s lemon infused oil, and some herbs de Provence. Truly a spring time pleasure.

Add to all that, my husband insisted on picking this up at MOM’s yesterday.

Their web site says it is mild. They lied.

I think it needs something to mix it with, and serve it with grilled lamb kebabs maybe. I know, maybe I need to use this Treuth skirt steak.

All this great weather inspires me to get out and grill.


Out and About – Roots, MOM’s and R&R

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The past two days saw us out doing errands and shopping for a few things I needed in order to meal plan for the week.

The destination Monday was lunch at R&R. We decided this time to try the tortas. Trust me, ours did not look like this.

Tortas are R&R’s contribution to the sandwich trade. OK, but not my favorite. We ate there, crowded in a corner. We had the barbacoa, aka lamb. The lamb was very good, as was the Mexican cheese. Bread a little soggy and not much avocado. We will go back to eating the tacos in the future. You just can’t beat their tortillas.

Before hitting R&R, we stopped at MOM’s to get a few things. That grew, but I did get quite a few local items. They have a larger selection of local items than Roots.

The local haul from MOM’s. These will find their way into my next two local meals.

As for Roots, we hit there Sunday while my hubby had to go to Kendall’s.

Highlights included: sea salt, rosemary crackers, hummingbird farms hydroponic tomatoes (local) and bulk pepitas for salad.

I also picked up some locally baked croutons from Canela Bread to serve with my Bowling Green Farm jalapeno spread.

And organic limes for the mojitos Sunday night. The mint in the mojitos is from my garden pots outside that are already producing.

Yum, mojitos and appetizers on the patio. In March. Love the weather this month.