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Spring is in the air! Three "firsts" of the year for this weekend 
Mar. 18, 2013 10:51 am 
Updated: Mar. 20, 2013 10:57 am
Greeting AR friends, been awhile since I've been here. I kind of forgot about the blog scene, but it's a really cool way to record what you've done and save it for later.

So the weather is definitely warming up here in the SF Bay area. Better than that, all kinds of fresh veggies are showing up in stores and farmers markets. Yesterday I saw my first bunch of local vine ripened tomatoes! Yeah ok, they were dwarf tomatoes greenhouse grown, but still fresh and flavorful. Made a simple crushed tomato sauce last night with butter that I'll post later before I forget what I did. And Saturday, made my first grilled paella. That is, paella cooked outside on an open fire or charcoal grill. I just love cooking my "weber" paella, this one was a seafood paella with shrimp stock.  Tonight is going to be one of my wife's favorites, Michael Chiarello's lemon braised artichokes over fettuccine with the chokes that we also bought at the farmers market. My wife was raised in Half Moon Bay, an artichoke stronghold for sure.

So what are your firsts of the year? Winter is hopefully behind us (most of us?). I'm excited to hear what people are up to. I love cooking fresh and now's the time to start after a long lull.

รจ buono!
Mar. 18, 2013 11:21 am
Good day to you mbrando,unlike you very lucky people,we still have a lot of snow here in Nova Scotia.Reading your blog made me really want artichokes.Would you mind giving your recipe?Sounds like spring has sprung there.Wishing you a very good day.
Mar. 18, 2013 1:20 pm
Ciao manella! The recipe we use is modeled from this one: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/michael-chiarello/lemon-braised-artichokes-over-pasta-recipe/index.html ( I hope the link works in the comment section) We don't follow it exactly (I leave out the spinach and use less garlic) but it is very good. I hope you also have a very good day!
Mar. 18, 2013 1:52 pm
Ciao to you also,and thank you very much,now I just have to wait till the stores get them in:o)
Mar. 18, 2013 2:59 pm
Your artichoke recipe sounds delicious! And, I love paella. Yummy! Spring was in the air here, then I wrote a blog about it and it's been cold, wet, and icy ever since!
Mar. 19, 2013 10:12 am
I think the ground hog was tipsy, cause he sure got it wrong this year. I can't wait for the Farmers Market to start again. It is this time of year I miss CA.
Mar. 20, 2013 10:57 am
I LOVE Michael Chiarello's Forever Roasted Pork. Make it often and highly recommend.
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