It might say spring on the calendar, but that ain’t no spring out there. The kids and I spent the better part of an hour at the park this morning freezing our donkeys off. Until I can break out the spring clothes, I certainly won’t be able to wrap my mind around spring ingredients.
Having all these root vegetable remnants from my winter farmshare doesn’t help matters. They’re just a cold reminder of winter’s icy grip on the season, not to mention the steely vice of forbidden love that has clamped itself around my heart. So, I’m proud to announce my newly launched Farmer-Crush Eradication Program, a multi-but-less-than-twelve-step process to help you cope with the inevitable heartache brought to you by that special farmer in your life. You’ll be glad to know that I came up with this myself, with no help at all from my dumb therapist.
Step 1: Eliminate all traces of CSA vegetables in the off-season.
It’s best to do this right away. Compost them if you have to. I, for one, couldn’t bring myself to compost them, so instead there’s been some ill-conceived experimentation in my kitchen. Things with parsnips that tasted horrifically like vanilla pudding. Things with turnips and molasses that tasted okay in moderation, but they’re definitely not for everybody. The Meyer lemon gnocchi in the March issue of Food & Wine actually turned out half-decent. The recipe had a twist where you pan-fry them after boiling, which lent them an interesting hash-brown quality you don’t usually expect in a pasta. But, would I make them again? I don’t know. Gnocchi always seems too heavy to me, which I never remember until after I’ve made them.
Anyway, I’m down to mostly carrots, now. I’ll have to eat about a pound a day if I want to get to Step 2 by next week. And I do, I do. Step 2 promises to be delicious.