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The fits and starts of spring
(article, Deborah Madison)
p(blue). Editor's note: Here's an installment we received a week or two ago from Deborah.
It shouldn’t come as a surprise and it doesn’t, really, but still, late snow rather spoils the illusion that spring is approaching. (And yes, we do need and want the moisture!) I hear from one person that their trees are blooming, and from another all about their lilacs and tulips, but this is what it looked like outside my kitchen window on March 28!
[%image reference-image float=right width=400 caption="Deborah's garden in late March."] I had just planted my grow beds with peas, lettuce, radishes, and chard when I thought it might be a good idea to put the tops back on. I'm glad I did! That thick coating of snow worked nicely as a blanket, and when I stuck my hand inside one of the beds, it was positively warm. Today the snow is gone and lo and behold, a few lettuce seeds have germinated. These beds are like little greenhouses.
One nice thing about a late snow is that a return to winter warrants winter cooking. The sweet potatoes I had lost interest in now look pretty good, so here they are as a sweet potato-coconut pudding. You can put it in a pie shell, too, and call it pie. The dark muscovado sugar has a molassesy note that’s just right here. Serve warm, with cold cream and a garnish of golden coconut strips.
p(bio). Deborah Madison is the author of numerous award-winning cookbooks, including Local Flavors. She lives in New Mexico.