I should note that, as I write, I'm eating an Asian pear that I picked up from the Pacific Grove Farmer's Market yesterday afternoon. I'm not sure I've had a pear like this in a long time if ever: crisp, bright, delicate floral and honeyed flavors...it's really fairly magical.
I've been going slightly crazy in the kitchen lately, due mostly to the fact that I actually have time now and also to the unbelievable produce available in the central coast of California. Figs the size of my hand, gorgeous avocados, strawberries, raspberries that melt under the tongue, and the list goes on. I have to limit myself each time I go lest I end up with more than we can possibly eat!
My mother in law gave me a fantastic cookbook for our wedding and I'm going to share a few recipes in the following posts from it and another that I picked up. I usually just throw whatever I feel like cooking together but these recipes meld flavors that I would never think to combine.