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Hey world,

It is so fun sitting here without a clue about how I want to start this blog. I mean, how do I introduce myself? What do I say? Where the hell do I start? Paul Morley’s litany of answers written on the sleeve of a long-lost electronic album from the 1980s, Who’s Afraid of the Art of Noise comes to mind as a possible template, means to break the ice. Maybe this will give y’all an idea of where I’m coming from and what I’m thinking about right now:

What to read:

French Feasts by Stephane Reynaud

The Elements of Cooking by Michael Ruhlman

Lulu’s Provencal Table by Richard Olney

The Provence Cookbook by Patricia Wells

What to eat:

Fava Beans

Strawberries

Spring Lamb

Cowgirl Creamery Inverness

What to cook by:

All American by Weekend (Mexican Summer Records)

Falling from the Sun by The Album Leaf (Sub Pop Records)

Quick Canal by Atlas Sound (Kranky Records)

Future Games by Fleetwood Mac (Reprise Records)

What to drink:

2005 Tabula Rasa (Andrew Rich, vintner)

2008 Sinister Hand (Owen Roe winery)

2008 Cakebread Cellars Sauvignon Blanc (Cakebread Cellars)

2008 Butterfield Station Chardonnay (Butterfield Station)

Where to go:

Delfina (San Francisco)

Little Owl ( New York City)

Black Salt (Washington D.C.)

Ma Cuisine (Beaune, France)

These are just a few of the things I’m into (at least this week). I think the food speaks for itself. Each of these items are in season and really, really good right now. By now you all know that eating things in season tastes better than out. Inverness is a lovely, tiny, cow’s milk cheese from local fromagerie Cowgirl Creamery. It’s about an inch and a half tall and three-quarters of an inch across.The wines are in the $20 range, except for the Butterfield Station which retails for about $6. It is good to know that good wine doesn’t have to be spendy. It just chooses to be. Lamb is delicious! More attuned to wine pairing than beef in my opinion. In fact a seared rib chop and a scattering of a few Fava beans is all you need to make a great meal in May.

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