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These early spring days are so beautiful. They make us eager to start cooking with asparagus and peas, but we are still weeks away from feasting on local varieties. We checked in with our friend and forger Tama Matsuoka Wong ( and she says that nettles will be up in Pennsylvania this weekend. We might don our rubber gloves and go for a hike along the canal in search of the green leaves so we can make a potage with them. In the meantime, we haven’t tired of potatoes and onions, so today we added codfish and crisp bacon and lunched on bowls of luscious chowder—just the right choice for this lovely day.

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