Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Beautiful spring at last: All in one salad

by June

The days are longer. The light pours down from the sky (when rain doesn't). And the grass is coming up green. So it's time for us to push past the dark season and into the sunshine ourselves.

To those of you who missed us, we thank you for your kind patience. We missed you. We'll be skipping right over to visit your way too.

Winter and its darkness we consign now to winter. Be done. We are grateful this moment for spring of the year and its seed packets arriving by mail. We are grateful for birdsong when we wake each morning and also for falling asleep at night to the sound of rain tapping against the window glass. We are grateful that the hens are laying bountiful eggs, and that Fern and Blossom's egg-money savings has now mounted up to $171.35 cents, which is maybe half-way to their dream of welcoming home a goat (or, dare I say it, twin goats). We are grateful that it is the season of matzah ball soup and bright eggs hidden on the garden gate (and soon enough in nests along the honeysuckle hedge).

To celebrate this season, we're sharing a couple of recipes that make the most of early spring's delights. Here is Lidia Bastianich's Scallion and Asparagus Salad, paired with some Pennsylvania Pickled Beets. (Please note that my eggs were only dipped in the marinade for an hour or so because I wanted a pink color rather than a red.) Garnished with fragrant dill, this dual-salad makes any table feel as though family and friends are gathered.

Enjoy! And please do tell us what you love most about this spring. We're so happy to be back in our nest here, catching up with you. So what's new?


33 comments:

Sheila said...

Very pretty!

Conny said...

Only because I'm still here at work (6PM) do I get to be the 2nd to comment. :>)

Sooo glad you've posted on your family blog once again. I must say that I've missed reading it and admittedly fretted a bit about what may have happened at Four Green Acres.

Glad that Spring has come your way. The asparagus salad looks delicious! Spring has arrived here in California (including some rain with squalls this morning). For my family the arrival of six chicks has marked the beginning of Spring. They're in a brooder cage in my kitchen - not the ideal place (feathers flying and all) but the cage is too wide to take through any doorway.

Happy to have you back! Cheers ~ Conny

Stephanie said...

Too beautiful to be eaten! What lovely salad :-D

June said...

Sheila: Thank you!

Conny: I've missed you! It has been a hard winter, but springtime gives me hope. And I'm so excited for you: There is nothing like the arrival of chicks to make it seem like a new season...and a whole new world. They quickly become part of the family, yes? Especially in the kitchen! Congratulations!

Stephanie: I agree...but we ate it anyway! We were hungry for green!

a tasteful garden said...

welcome back and happy spring!
i love Lidia's recipes. can't wait to try out the asparagus salad.

Linda said...

So good to see you back. This has been a rough patch for many people this year. Looking foward to spring and to seeing it unfold in your family.
Your salad is a work of art.

JGH said...

Welcome back - missed you, June! I love asparagus combined with hard boiled egg - probably because that is the way my mother served it.

Great idea to save the egg money to buy goats - the farm version of the divident reinvestment plan. I'm looking forward to getting some chickens this year!

Tania said...

Ah, now that it's officially April, and I've officially survived another year of March Maddness in Maine, I'm happiest about Four Green Acres being back (whew!) and about the opportunity to get outdoors for 'yahd work'.

A Friend Across the Miles {Camie} said...

So glad you're all back!!!! You have definitely been missed....

Still keeping our eyes peeled here in NW Montana for spring - I think it's buried under the snow...

June said...

Allison: It's great to be back! Spring is so early this year for our part of the world, yes? And while that worries me, I have to say I needed it early this year.

Linda: What a thrill to hear from you. I've thought of you so often and hoped that hardship was easing for you and your family. Can't wait to catch up with everything YOU.

Jen: Oh, SO good to see you here. I've missed you too. It's so so wonderful to hear that chickens are coming your way. They are so rewarding...and not just for egg-money in the goat fund!

Tania: I'm laughing. I saw your call for March survival ideas. And honestly, I was crawling on my elbows to get to the end of the month...and the winter. It's a good thing mud season started early and is almost over. It is almost over, right? I'll yoo-hoo from my "yahd" to yours.

Camie: Oh, dear Camie! It is wonderful to hear we've been missed though I do feel so terrible about it. Terrible. But we feel a new beginning deep in our spirits now. I wish you spring. We had almost no snow this year. That was a blow to us. We need the snow to lighten up the view and to give us a winter playground. It made for a bleak season. I know it's hard to wait for it to melt though... Hurry up, mud season!

RunninL8 said...

Beautiful salad!!! Can't wait to get some spring here in Alaska!

Nan said...

SO good to see a new posting! I was beginning to feel worried. Spring has certainly sprung, hasn't it!!

June said...

Running Late: I wish you spring. But next year, I would like some snow in Maine. It was a scanty season, and it was a little unsettling to see Fern and Blossom hunting for eggs in little summer dresses...in Maine...on April 4. Where were the snow boots? Where was the mud?

June said...

Nan: Thanks for waiting out our dry season. It's so great to come back with the spring in New England! Now onto the next season...WHEN does Mad Men return to the air?

Nan said...

From what I've read mid-August!! I'm tempted to rent season 3 dvds to see them again and see the extras! As for the winter, sometimes we do have such things! I remember one end of March Easter with very warm weather.

June said...

Nan: I'm so happy you recall a precedent for this mild spring! I don't want to wish away summer just to get a Mad-Men fix, so I think maybe a DVD rental will be in the offing for us too. THANKS for the update!

underthebigbluesky said...

catching up myself. and glad to see i am not the only one who has had her head elsewhere.

can i just say "yum".

so nice to see green again, isn't it!!!

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