Early Spring recipes from the New Jersey shore
Early April is a tough time of year here in New Jersey for produce, unless we are experiencing unseasonably warm temperatures you really won’t see a substantial assortment of local spring vegetables until May or even June. If you are lucky you may have a produce market in your neighborhood or know an ambitious home gardener who may have some early asparagus or fresh spinach just ready for the picking. One great thing about living in such close proximity to the Atlantic Ocean and having a brother in law who is a fisherman on a scallop boat is that I get more than my fair share of fresh fish and seafood. The fishing season has officially kicked off here at the Jersey shore and in honor of it I’m going to share one of my favorite recipes, Scallop Cerviche. Enjoy!
* One thing to note, last week I discussed shortcomings from my sustainable kitchen and one big one that I forgot to mention was citrus fruits. What decent home cook worth their salt can go with out fresh limes, lemons, oranges, etc. So I’m guilty as charged on that note as well, but I figure better from Florida than California.
Next Time: “There will be no wine before its time” – Taste testing organically made wines against the more well known big bottle brands.
Heather Jones is a wife, mother, freelance food writer, and graduate of the Institute of Culinary Education in New York City. She has worked for Gourmet Magazine, TV Personality Katie Brown, and the New York based Indian-fusion restaurant Tabla. Heather resides in New Jersey with her husband and two daughters. She is a strong supporter of the Sustainable Food Movement and believes that education is the key to making a difference.