'Cooking in the Moment' on Serious Eats
Tart, seedy little blackberries are mixed with slices of crisp apple and baked in a crumbly, lightly sweet cornmeal crust. It's that great sort of juicy, oozy pie where the filling leaks out, making for little bits of caramelized crust around the edges. Since the crust has a bit of sugar in it you can hold back on oversweetening the filling and give the berries and apples a chance to cook down and release their natural sugar
Marrying the flavors of Southeast Asia with that classic American summertime staple, cucumber salad, this is the kind of salad-meets-pickle that you can easily make and tweak all spring and summer and never tire of.
Rhubarb is one of the more confounding spring vegetables (or is it a fruit?). Sure, you can bake it into a pie with a handful of strawberries like most folks do, but there have to be other options for these...
These Garlic and Black Pepper Soft-Shell Crabs from Andrea Reusing's Cooking in the Moment get briefly dunked in fish sauce, coated in garlic and pepper-spiked rice flour, and fried until crackling crisp. Opting for rice flour instead of wheat flour gives these crabs an almost potato chip like crunch, and the fish sauce lends just the right amount of savory, oceanic tang.
Add the creamy yolk of a gently poached egg to blanched and lightly charred young asparagus dressed in butter and soy—that's it. Hearty and salty in the best way, the kind of plate that makes it easy to think about becoming a seasonal vegetarian because, really, who needs steak when you have perfect asparagus and runny poached eggs?
On paper, this recipe for Fresh Peas with Lettuce and Green Garlic couldn't be simpler. Virtually all of the dish's ingredients are listed in the title save for salt, pepper, and butter. It's all about tender young peas, earthy leaves of wilted lettuce, mild green garlic, and enough sweet butter to bring the dish together. It's a recipe that's indicative of Reusing's approach to home cooking—simple techniques and superb use of in season ingredients.