Cucumber and Tomato Salad with Mint

Cucumber and Tomato Salad with Mint

Cucumber and Tomato Salad with Mint

Well into the growing season, our community supported agriculture program and our garden have been providing all of the vegetables our families needs, with some left over for preserving, for a few weeks now. I hadn’t realized it until I ran into the grocery store the other day for some red wine vinegar, but it’s been weeks since I made a real grocery trip.

I was almost stunned when I crossed the produce section to remember just how much of everything – and I mean everything – that’s available. The beautiful, expansive displays of every imaginable kind of tomato and the boxes of boxes of fruits that aren’t quite in season yet – raspberries watermelons, cantaloup – were almost overwhelming.

I realized suddenly how much I’ve enjoyed waiting each week for vegetables and fruits to take their place on our table in their own good time, showing up in our CSA box or on the farmers’ markets table only after the weather and the soil have willed them to ripen and local farmers have brought them in from the fields. Vegetables: first the chard, kale, spinach and asparagus, then the sweet English peas and the baby zucchini, and then, finally last week, the first tomatoes. Fruit: first strawberries and rhubarb, then blueberries, and now cherries. Waiting has meant really savoring each ingredient.

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Summery Carrot Dill Soup

Summery Carrot Dill Soup

Have I mentioned before that I’m a yogi? A full time job and a full load of classes have kept me off my matt for a couple of weeks, and I can’t wait to get back to it. What I’ve missed  the most isn’t physical, though my limbs do feel heavier somehow. What I miss the most… 

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Chilled Pea Soup with Tarragon and Chives

Chilled Pea Soup with Tarragon and Chives

Sharing this post from the early days of Three Beans on a String since about three people saw it back then. Fresh peas are back in the farmer’s market. On Sunday mornings I get up early, have a copy of coffee while I cruise Pinterest and eat my usual breakfast — a veggie omelet and… 

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No Bake Strawberry Chambord Pie

No Bake Strawberry Chambord Pie

With strawberries already available in much of the country, I thought I’d share the recipe for this no bake pie, which I made last season from the first fresh strawberries that came in our CSA basket. If this recipe sounds familiar, it’s adapted from an old Cooking Light recipe, and it was the inspiration for our  Strawberry,… 

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Sunday Chicken with Carrots & Fennel

Sunday Chicken with Carrots and Fennel

The weather was so beautiful this afternoon – the wind low and gentle, the light liquid through the trees as I wound my way down a foot trail during a run after work. I never crave the outdoors more than I do during the first few weeks of spring, when warm days are like a… 

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Indian Spiced Chicken with Spring Vegetables | threebeansonastring.com

Indian Spiced Chicken with Spring Vegetables

What’s not to love about asparagus? It tastes like green and sunlight. By the time it starts to show up at markets here in Maryland, I’ve been pining for it for weeks, inspired by countless photos of California-grown asparagus that show up on the pages on Bon Appetit, Saveur and Cooking Light starting in March. This… 

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Honeyed Orange Marmalade

Honeyed Orange Marmalade

Last week was completely bizarre – like it just rained frogs at the end of Magnolia bizarre.  To make up for it I spent a luxuriously slow weekend  putzing around the kitchen and sitting outside in the Adirondack chairs reading while we smoked a turkey. It’s that time of year when the sun is just warm enough for a… 

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Seared Scallops with Pea Puree and Mint Gremolata

Seared Scallops with Pea Purée and Mint Gremolata

The boys and I  just returned yesterday morning from an action-packed and mercifully warm week in Orlando. We all loved Universal – particularly the Wizarding World of Harry Potter and the wild Transformers 3D dark ride. In comparison Disney seemed dated and overly focused on various princesses, though H.T. loved the baby gorillas at Animal Kingdom and we all… 

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Introducing the Pale Island Sky, a cocktail with freshly squeezed Ruby Red grapefruit juice, vodka, Patron orange liqueur and coconut water.

The Pale Island Sky: A Grapefruit Crush Cocktail

I’m in L-O-V-E with this pretty cocktail, which I’ve named the Pale Island Sky for its sunrise-over-the-ocean color.  Served in traditional cocktail glasses over crushed ice, it’s the most refreshing thing I’ve tasted in a long time. Anyone who knows me very well knows grapefruit is one of my very favorite things – I tend… 

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Spicy Korean Cod Soup

Spicy Korean Cod Soup

Every year for St. Patrick’s Day J. and a friend of his do a bus tour of Baltimore’s Irish bars with his friend’s dad and several older gentlemen, many of them retired Baltimore City police officers. I drop him off in Ellicott City and he climbs on the bus wearing something green, and when I… 

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Mustardy Kale Salad with Roasted Sweet Potatoes & Bacon

Mustardy Kale Salad with Bacon & Sweet Potatoes

  Today, I’m posting our first ever — drumroll please — original video! It’s a little 3 minute clip with step-by-step instructions for our featured recipe, Mustardy Kale Salad with Bacon and Sweet Potatoes. The entire video was produced, filmed and edited by my 10-year-old, J.B. on my iPhone, in our tiny kitchen. I’m pretty… 

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