I have always liked this photo. It comes from my time as chef of EverMay on the Delaware. This truck was located about a mile down the road from the inn and was where I bought corn every summer. I thought it was pretty funny one winter to see that truck advertising sweet corn(they never moved the truck from the front of their farm) covered with winter’s snow and took the photo.
Looking through my photos recently, I was brought back to this photo and started to reflect on it. On one hand, it shows that even though there is snow on the ground and the wind is howling, summer is right around the corner. I suppose that may be the easiest way to look at the photo because who doesn’t love warm summer days and the bounty of spring and summer produce? It’s a wonderful thought to have. I also used to spend this time of year pouring over seed catalogs; hoping with every day that Spring would hurry up and get here. However, as I’ve gotten older, I have come to realize that time is precious and wishing for Summer to get here at the expense of celebrating Winter is a fool’s errand.
So, I propose a second perspective on this photo. I choose to look at it as a celebration of Winter. Certainly the photo reminds us that Summer is on its way so we should embrace every minute of every day; get to the store and pick up some hearty meat to braise on these frigid winter nights. Explore roots like parsnip, rutabaga, turnip and celery root. Get some citrus and make a dessert(wonderful blood oranges are abundant right now). One of my favorite meals of all time, pork and sauerkraut was custom made for winter months.
The message here is to get into the kitchen each day, grab some really seasonal food and some seasonal ideas and shake the hell out of them. When Spring comes, do the same( I eat asparagus until it makes me sick and then I don’t touch it again until the next year)…When that summer sweet corn comes in, do the same; eat it so many different ways you can’t see straight….I think what you’ll find after cooking this way through each of the seasons, you’ll be left with no regrets only fond memories of seasonal cooking as time well spent.
What did you cook today?