Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Spring in the East Valley- In the 80's

Heading home from a visit with my son and his family in Phoenix. We've had some great dinners at local restaurants and grilled at home. Hate to head back to "wintry mix".

By June it's too hot for Farmer's Markets around here but in spring they are overflowing with fresh vegetables. Saturday morning I went to the Gilbert Farmer's Market and sampled some cheese and flavored salts. We made BLT's with some golden orange heirloom tomatoes purchased there. The salty bacon highlighted the sweet tomato flavor. I'm taking the smokehouse salts home for summer grilling.

In season now, asparagus, beets, carrots, cauliflower, eggplant, fava beans, fennel, grapefruit, leeks, lemons, lettuce and more.

Some of my favorites have been grilled asparagus, yellow and red beet salad with feta and nuts. A friend picked some lemons from the trees in her yard and suggested we make limoncello. We also have a couple of grapefruits that should be ripe in a day or two. Everything is flavored with chiles adding zest to any food.

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