This is the time of year when you don't need recipes. The produce is so good that you can just cut a tomato and serve it as is. Or eat a plane green salad that just tastes like fresh lettuce. In a few months, tomatoes will need to be roasted and salad will need nuts, feta and bacon to give it some character. But for now, cooking is simple and I have been taking advantage of our farm stand to be lazy.
The last few weeks they have had white alpine strawberries, and these little guys haven't even made it home before they were eaten. They are soft and sweet, and remind me that I actually like strawberries. (I think I have been traumatized by one too many bodega strawberries that are hard, white in the middle and sour.) Last week, they actually let us pick our own. Xavier said he felt like he was in Blueberries for Sal. How about that for good parenting? I figured that earned me at least 10 hours of "let my kids watch TV while I tune out and pretend I'm not a mama" time. Score.
Anyways, buy up that produce! Before you know it, we'll be in beef stew and pumpkin pie territory.