It started with a chart.
When I was in Paris… I realize that I just lost about half of you because there are few more annoying ways in this world to begin a sentence then with “when I was in Paris”, but stay with me. Anyways, when I was in Paris I found a chart of seasonal produce at this little paper store. I bought it primarily because I thought it looked cool and would be an interesting decoration for my kitchen. I had dreams of someone asking me where I got such an interesting and cool piece and I’d reply nonchalantly “oh, I found it in Paris” like I find cool things in Paris all the time. After I got back from our trip I started thinking again about starting this blog. I’ve thought about starting this blog about a hundred different times, but have always been too afraid. Afraid of failing, afraid of getting bored, afraid of being disappointed, etc. But finally I decided that it’s time to stop being afraid and take a step. It was then that I remembered my chart.
I’ve always been passionate about seasonal eating. There are so many reasons to eat seasonally. I could talk about how it’s better for the environment, puts us more in touch with nature, etc, but I won’t go all hippie on you. I mainly do it because I believe that food tastes best when it’s most fresh. I know, pretty crazy idea. And food is most fresh when it doesn’t have to travel thousands of miles to get to me. When I buy food that’s in season I’m more likely to be getting food that’s grown in my area or at least my hemisphere. And bonus, food that’s in season is often cheaper than out of season food! Anyone who’s bought asparagus in February can testify to this.
In an ideal world I would always know what was in season because I’d buy all my food from local farmers. When I lived in Portland, OR with a a year-round farmer’s market which made this very doable. But, I now live in Colorado where farmer’s markets are only open July-October which leaves me with the supermarket as my only real option for 8 months of the year. And I imagine that most of you are in the same boat as me. That’s why I started this blog, partially as a challenge to myself and partially as a place to share fresh, seasonal recipes with others who may be trying to figure out how to eat seasonally while still shopping at the supermarket. I want the recipes on here to be achievable, not aspirational. You know, those recipes that look beautiful but take over 24 hours to make and require a trip to five different stores to get ingredients? I’m looking at you Sunday Suppers at Lucques (I should note that this is actually my favorite cookbook, but the recipes are pretty intense and time consuming). Therefore, I commit that I will post recipes:
- featuring produce that is in season and can be found in most supermarkets.
- containing ingredients that can be found in most supermarkets
- requiring a reasonable about of time to make.
- containing minimally processed ingredients