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Yesterday our friend and neighbor, Tama Matsuoko, went foraging in the backyard. She wrote Foraged Flavor (Clarkson Potter, 2012) so she is our guru on the subject. Inspired—and lured  by the warm sun and the greens that grow more lush by the day—we headed out ourselves. We found:  par-cel (a hybrid of parsley and celery), wild garlic mustard greens, mint, oregano, baby beet greens, chives, and just beyond the garden fence, violets. It was enough for a salad for two with a simple olive oil and lemon juice dressing. But still, not quite enough to hold us until dinner. So we added hot smoked salmon with dollops of doctored mayonnaise.

We looked for the wild arugula that comes back every year—no sign of it yet, maybe tomorrow.


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