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Lobster and Peas

July 6th, 2015
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Peas three ways: sautéd in butter, potato salad with fresh peas, and lobster roll with peas

Peas three ways: steamed with butter, potato salad with fresh peas, and lobster roll with peas

It’s hard to improve upon the classic lobster roll. Whether you fall into the butter or mayo camp, the basic principle is simplicity: pillowy white-bread bun, slathered in butter and toasted on the griddle, stuffed to bursting with lobster, oil/dressing of choice, and maybe a squeeze of lemon. Done.

This Fourth of July, inspired by the abundant fresh herbs in the garden and the haul of peas we brought home from the U-pick farm down the road (an afterthought when we’d finished our annual July 4th strawberry picking), we got a little crazy. To our lobster and mayonnaise, we added a few handfuls of freshly shelled raw peas, a scattering of chopped cilantro, and the juice of a lime. No change to the bun. The resulting roll had pockets of crunch and an overall sweetness that was balanced by the freshness of the cilantro. Delicious.

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It’s Spring!

May 14th, 2015
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The tastes of spring: fiddlehead quiche and strawberry rhubarb cobbler

The tastes of spring: fiddlehead quiche and strawberry rhubarb cobbler

After a long winter, we are so happy to leave dried beans and root veggies behind and move on to the flavors of spring: tangy rhubarb, earthy fiddleheads, the abundant chives that are just begging to be divided. We’ve got a porch full of plants, a forgotten fig tree that’s stretching towards the cellar window (weekend project: bring up the fig!), and blossoms that promise a season of fruit. The garden calls! Happy Spring!

Fiddlehead quiche!

Fiddlehead quiche!

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