Pictured here: Logan picking strawberries at Crystal Bay Farm. I posted it already in his photo album, but I just love it.
I heard back from Michael Ruhlman, who wrote his list of Five Things You Should Eat Before You Die, which is circulating the food bloggers' world now. Not surprisingly, pork and foie gras figure prominently in Mr. Ruhlman's happiest food fantasies:
1. Oysters and Pearls at The French Laundry: a truly unusual dish mixing the luxurious adult pleasures of caviar and cream with the juvenile comfort of tapioca, mediated by the Dr. Seuss element of the oyster. I never tire of this exquisite dish.
2. One whole roasted foie, eaten with friends.
3. The tomato out of my mom and dad's garden behind the garage in Cleveland, circa 1970, the first one I'd ever picked and eaten right there: it was hot from the sun, the best tomato ever, a revelation, biting into something familiar and finding something completely new.
4. Deep-fried pork belly confit, with a baguette and a big zin, as can be had at Le Pichet in Seattle or in your own home if you go to a small amount of effort, eaten in greedy solitude.
5. Home-cured bacon from an Amish hog in central Ohio, eaten with my wife Donna.
How do you know if a hog is Amish? Do non-Amish hogs have motorcycles?
Thanks, Mr. Ruhlman: I look forward to the French Laundry someday myself.
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That's all for now.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: “Green is the prime color of the world, and that from which its loveliness arises.”
— Pedro Calderon de la Barca
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