Today was a beautiful day in central PA. Honestly, this winter has been mild and it's not like this is the first day that we've seen temperatures in the 60's, but if you take a look at the 15 day forecast, you'll see that quite quickly, our temps are going to be in the 60's and most importantly, over night temps are going to be out of the 30's and solidly in the 40's. I can't tell you how happy all of this makes me!
Why the weather report? Because, just like school age kids who wear shorts on the first warm day of the year, it is easy for us to want to jump right in bed with Spring. Nobody wants warm temps to get here faster than me. I'm literally itching to get my hands dirty in the garden, but there is a lesson here: Don't Rush. The first real ingredients of Spring are still weeks away and we'd be doing ourselves a disservice if we didn't spend these next few weeks really discovering and celebrating the end of Winter. I know, I know.....everybody wants to kick Winter square in the butt and move on to asparagus season. However, I urge you to spend a few more weeks exploring your root cellar, pantry and garden. Yes, I said garden. If you're savvy like us, you still may have some root vegetables in the garden and you can create amazing 'bridge' dishes that serve as a bridge between your 2011 growing season and what is still growing in 2012. I'm thinking specifically about our leeks paired with an array of colored beets that we 'put up' in the Fall. They're going to make an amazing salad on our tasting this week. Will you try it?
This is a pic of our pheasant torchon. No real relevance to this post, but I love the pic!
Don't Rush. Look around at what is NOW, not what is next week. Celebrate it.