Kitchen gardeners love EYB

Let's step away from the bookshelf and into the garden for a moment, shall we?

I don't know if there is a time of year when I am more grateful for EYB than midsummer.  This year especially, when a temperate spring and a balanced summer have made my vegetable garden yield up treasures nearly every day.  A good garden calls for care--in the harvesting, in the weeding--just as a bad garden does, though.  And that means less time for cooking and the pondering that goes with it.

That is why every afternoon at 4:00 finds me washing the dirt off my hands and going hunting on EYB.  Radishes + peas = Sugar snaps with diced bacon and radishes.  Zucchini + mint = Sicilian zucchini and mint frittata, one of my all-time favorites.  Carrots + tarragon? = Chicken Salad à la Danny Kaye!   And if I am too hot to eat and just want a garden cocktail?  Who can resist Lavender + blueberries = Lavender Lush, deep-dyed in indigo?

I'm not saying it's not fun to browse through cookbooks--preferably while slung in a hammock and sucking on a popsicle.  But you don't want to have to.  Because less time sorting through cookbooks + beautiful summer afternoons = more time in the garden.

Thank you, EYB!

1 Comment

  • BettyC  on  7/27/2011 at 3:00 PM

    This is also true of Farmer's Markets this time of year. You go with no particular ingredients in mind and buy what's fresh and in season that week, and then go home and look up your purchases on EYB to see all the delectable things you can make.

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