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  • May 31, 2012

East meets west—steamed bok choy and English peas and their shoots, dressed with an ume plum vinegar, shoyu, and sesame oil vinaigrette. Hai!

  • May 30, 2012

Still catching and riding the asparagus wave while they are still in the markets. We throw the spears into a pot of salted boiling water then scoop them out a few minutes later and anoint them with a nice oily vinaigrette while they are still hot. Along with a piece of French feta piled with chopped parsley, we crown crunchy toasts with crisp bacon to round out our lunch.

  • May 29, 2012

We are eating spoonfuls of a refreshing ice cold, tremblingly soft, tomato-water gelée with a Meyer lemon mayonnaise on this hot steamy 91° summer day. We’ve been traveling for three weeks and have just returned to our beloved Canal House. We are so happy to be back. We’ve missed you.

  • May 7, 2012

We found these strawberries at our farmers’ market yesterday—the very first berries of the season and almost a month early. They are as sweet as candy with an aroma to match. We are making cream biscuits, whipping  a bowl of heavy cream, and settling in for the afternoon to enjoy an early taste of sweet summer.

  • May 3, 2012

Time to start watching our waistlines, we are coming up on bikini weather. But it’s easy to say no to a burger with all this lovely young produce—little potatoes, a handful of green beans,  baby leeks, chives with their blossoms, and some lettuce we picked from the garden this morning. All doused with some really good extra-virgin olive oil and seasoned with salt and pepper.

  • May 2, 2012

Today’s afternoon tea of our homemade melba toasts with potted crab, blue cheese with black pepper, smoked salmon butter, and anchovy & lemon butter. We are slathering it on!

  • May 1, 2012

Look what we pulled up from the little Canal House kitchen potager—the first radishes of the year. Guess it’s bread, good Irish butter, radishes, and a little Maldon salt for lunch. (If we get hungry later, we’ll head upriver to Dilly’s and grab a burger.)

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