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You know it is spring when the forest of skinny green trees sprouting from crushed ice begin to show up in your grocery store. Here in the Northeast we are entering the early asparagus season – although I have been cooking it up for a few months now thanks to modern transportation! The majority of the time I consume asparagus it is roasted, grilled or blanched. All of which are delicious, but I was intrigued by cooking it ceviche style

Ceviche, traditionally with fish, uses citric acids to break down or cook the proteins and carbohydrates in the food – as opposed to heat.  Which was absolutely perfect during our weekend kitchen renovations when the oven couldn’t even be cracked open, few pots were to be found and it looked like a two year old had a temper tantrum throughout the house.  However a newly finished table and chairs and more shelves to store all my baking pans and Cuisinarts was absolutely worth it!

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Life, work, sleep…they all seem to have some way of getting in the way.  But maybe that is all just an excuse for my blogging hiatus.  Truthfully, besides work and life obligations, I have spent the last two weeks in the kitchen.  I even moved my office into the kitchen so I could watch all of the beautiful breads rising (and maybe snack on a few cookies).  Yes, it has been a few weeks of very, very unhealthy baking.  Not healthy whole grain breads, but sugary and buttery loaves.  Cheesecakes and cream cheese based tortes.  I had some successes, but I also had many a failures.  Specifically, a blueberry torte that turned out looking like cookie monster’s cousin – complete with a white chocolate ganache and blueberries dotting the top, I just needed some black licorice to make the mouth (what was I thinking?!).  It tasted good, but I didn’t even have the confidence to give it to the boyfriend for the work lunchroom, scared off by the glares the poor thing might get… 

Truthfully I am a baker, living in the body of a 2 petite.  Which due to my eternal baking issue may quickly jump two sizes (need to stop hitting the snooze button for the 5am gym sessions!).  So I have gotten back in touch with my relationship to food.  Some live to cook, others cook to live.  (I surely live to cook, eat and save room for dessert!)  And I am working on getting back to the cooking to live.  And last weekend (yes, this took me four days) I did…

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When it comes to edamame, I have a hard time resisting.  I normally think of it boiled, salted with some fine sea salt and released from the pod with the pressure of your teeth.  This is exactly how we had it this past weekend in the company of the boyfriend’s brother and fiance as we watched the UConn Men’s basketball team make their way to the final four!  (And the edamame made their way from stove to stomach quite quickly as we watched this nail biter of a game…)

Tonight the women play in the elite eight and there will be no soybeans in their pods…but they will be swimming in a sea of wild rice and sesame seeds.  Sure the work required to prepare it is a bit more difficult than some boiling salted water and frozen pods, but it is well worth the effort and can actually serve as a complete vegetarian meal (edamame, cheese and bread are oh so delish – but don’t really cut it!).

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Really, I hate lasagna.  Mainly due to the fact that I really hate ricotta cheese, yes to the point it makes me gag if I try to politely eat it at a dinner party.  I was that girl in college who ordered my calzones with only mozzarella – bread and mozzarella – delicious after all of the carbilious cold ones had gone down!

But with my affinity for red sauce, and getting out of the rut of having it with the raviolis from the grocery store (love these, especially the pumpkin ones with a little sage butter on top!) I thought it would be fab with my polenta squares from yesterday.  Or maybe just the chub of polenta you have in your pantry :(, you don’t know what you’re missing…

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When I think of carrots, I think of a vegetable normally coated with butter and served as an afterthought with a holiday meal.  Yes, my mind wandered back to the holidays as I prepped the carrots with snow flurries falling out the window over the kitchen sink yesterday.  But, I smirked at Mother Nature as I remembered all those little tomato and herb plants germinating in my indoor greenhouse.  She had me convinced New England would not make it through the winter of 2010, but we preserved despite the ice dams freezing our front doors shut, water leaking into our basements and snow banked narrow roads causing held breath each time a car (especially snow plow) came the other way.

Reluctantly thinking of the holidays and the under appreciated carrots I had sitting in my fridge, I thought it was time to up the ante.  Carrots serve as the basis for many stocks, stews and French dishes.  A component of one of the first French words a culinary student will easily roll off their tongue – Mirepoix.  Carrots add flavor to so many other dishes, yet are rarely highlighted on their own – unless in baby carrot form, maybe with some ranch?!

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A post, with an animal involved! Yes, thanks to my dear friend’s request for pasta and meatballs for her birthday dinner. And I could only oblige as the little Italian compartment in my stomach started to speak to me in incoherent grumbles.  Translation – Mmmeatballs, you couldn’t find a better present to give your friend. Plus, those veggie balls, they  just didn’t do it for me.

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Pesto Succotash

Succotash….

I have tried a many succotash recipes this week and none beats this one.  But in the whole process, the one thing I have learned is I truly have a love/hate relationship with cooking magazines.  It all started off with the Carribean Succotash from Bon Appetit magazine.  Well, it wasn’t terrible, but it wasn’t remarkable either.  I added salt, I added cayenne, pepper, more thyme, more nutmeg and I finally decided…well this isn’t the recipe for me.  All those out of season ingredients shipped in from half way across the world that I trashed the environment to buy…  But imperfect recipes just incite my determinism to charge forward and forge on for perfection. (Me…a perfectionist?!  Oh, you don’t know me all that well yet!)

Left over lima beans, left over pesto in the fridge and a new Food Network magazine I must have read at least six times before going to sleep over the last few nights.  What to do next…well try out Food Network’s succotash recipe in the 50 things to do with pesto section.  So much for using a schwag foodie magazine…

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