Thursday, May 15, 2014

Ginger Chicken Stir-Fry with Asparagus, Peas and Cremini Mushrooms

         Spring has been notable here for tempting us to believe it’s actually arrived. This is followed by plummeting temperatures the next day convincing us all it has not.  In New York City, you can count on the oddest collection of outfits this time of year.   The winter weary—mainly males—can be counted on to don their shorts and tee shirts the minute it gets close to 60 degrees.  They are accompanied by vast numbers of people who resist any wardrobe change until it’s at least 75.  At least that’s the impression I get standing on line in Trader Joes’ between a guy who looks ready for a run in the park and a woman who is wearing a wool hat, coat, scarf and gloves.  Ah well. 

Monday, May 12, 2014

Strawberry Spinach Salad

Did you know May is National Strawberry month?  Neither did I. But a couple of weeks ago, I was left with a clamshell half-filled with beautiful Driscoll strawberries that I didn’t want to see going to waste. Driscoll is not a species of strawberry. It’s a privately held company in Watsonville, California that’s been owned by the same family for over 100 years now.   It has a huge payroll, employing over 40,000 people around the world developing, growing and harvesting all kinds of berries: Raspberries, Blackberries, Blueberries and, of course, Strawberries both organic and conventionally grown.   It’s also a company with a shining history of giving back:  After World War II, Driscoll’s helped Japanese Americans, newly released from the internment camps they were held in, become sharecroppers for the company.  And Driscoll is a major supporter of Natividad Medical Center in Salinas, CA where it provides translators for speakers of Central America’s indigenous languages: Zapotec, Mixteco and Triqui. Driscoll is one of those companies I feel privileged to buy from.