My mom never saw a Peruvian asparagus spear that she didn't love; she thought that mankind's ability to fly food all over the world and eat asparagus in winter was the best thing that ever happened, even better than frozen food. The concept that someone would voluntarily live like she had to when she was a kid, eating only stuff that is in season or in cans, and going without the rest of the year, seemed positively primitive. Freezers and jet planes ended all that.
The trouble with that modern jet-fuelled diet is that you miss the excitement of each new fresh food. I don't cook, because I am married to retired TreeHugger and MNN food columnist Kelly Rossiter who cooks very well, and follows the TreeHugger approved local and seasonal diet. When she was still writing, we pretty much ate a 19th century Ontario diet of root vegetables all winter, so you can imagine how the first fresh asparagus tasted each spring after six months of turnip. And the first strawberry. It's like getting out of jail.
But nothing, absolutely nothing tops the first serving of Linguine with Brie and Tomatoes, made from the first really good field tomatoes of the season. And this dish is so simple that even I could make it; you don't even cook the sauce, just chop the ingredients, put them in a bowl and let them melt altogether for a couple of hours. Boil up some pasta and you're done.
This recipe was found originally in the famous "The Silver Palate Cookbook", and was on TreeHugger years ago. I don't know where it went, but Kelly posted it on MNN, where she notes that it's not just me:
It has become my signature dish of August. My kids love it, as do their friends. My friends love it, and everyone knows if they come to my place for a meal in August, chances are they are going to be treated to this pasta.
Really. Try it.