My seeds from Pinetree Garden Seeds Seeds came today! Also in the order were plant markers a new marking pen, a complimentary packet of zinnia seeds and a new cookbook, The Pollen Family Table, written by Corky, Lori, Dana and Tracy Pollen with a foreword by Michael Pollen. It's a lovely cookbook with photos of the Pollans preparing and enjoying food and it's filled with hints, suggestions and biographical sketches of the authors.
I tried recipes from both my new cookbooks for supper tonight: pan seared salmon with salsa verde from the Pollan book, and saffron spinach risotto from Annabell Langbein's book. Here's a pic of the salmon dish and the recipe, since we gobbled ours down without taking a pic of it. It was fun to make the salsa verde with parsley and chives from the earthboxes on the deck and mint and basil ( the Pollans suggested basil as a substitute for people who don't like cilantro --and I definitely don't like cilantro) overwintering in pots in the greenhouse.
It was a delicious meal, with so many lovely flavors. I'm looking forward to trying more recipes from both books. And of course, I'm looking forward to sowing the seeds that came. Oh- and I also ordered more seeds- I've decided we MUST have summer squash and more annual herbs. Now I'm keeping my fingers crossed that I haven't bitten off more than I can chew with all these grand gardening plans! At any rate, I'm looking forward to spring and watching all the plants wake up and leaf out after their winter sleep.