Ramping it up

Make this.


I used dough from our favorite local pizza joint and a bit more cheese than I’m entirely comfortable admitting to, and it was still so good I’m considering purchasing a bigger pizza stone just to make more of these at once.

Why are you still here? You should be hunting down ramps and grating fresh mozzarella!


It’s Spring up in here!

Finally found ramps at the farmers’ market. Hot damn.

I’m convinced Spring is here now that I’ve seen the herbs and ramps at the Union Square Greenmarket — let allergy season commence! Despite feeling like a kid in a candy store, I kept my purchases reasonable and only bought some winter baudolino and cave-aged cheddar cheeses from Bobolink Dairy and two bunches of ramps.

Just in case you missed it — ramps! They’re here! (They’re queer! Get used to it!)

Last weekend’s Seder was a success; Miriam did most of the heavy lifting, and the only thing I really screwed up was overcooking some asparagus, which I put into the fridge for later comsuption. Heidi‘s recent post on plump pea dumplings convinced me that we needed to have them in our lives, and I thought the asparagus would be a natural addition to the filling. Alas, it was not meant to be, as I am lazy. After work, the last thing I wanted to do was slave over wonton wrappers and spilling filling, so the asparagus languished too long and turned in a way that only asparagus can.

:: shudder ::

So I made the dumplings Saturday using my greenmarket find. I cooked one bunch of the ramps in some bacon fat (yummmm) and mixed it with about a cup and a half of peas, lots of black pepper, and two teaspoons of sumac instead of lemon rind; my lemon was nearing its final journey to the afterworld and I thought it should arrive complete with the rind that saw it through its full life on earth. Otherwise, I stayed true to the original recipe.

The easy part, she is over. Now the sealing must begin.

OK, not as bad as expected. And they even held together as they cooked.

I fried them in just enough olive oil to cover the bottom of the pan and they were really something — creamy, fresh and vegetal, like Spring in a bite-sized wrapper.

But we have lots of filling left over, which gives me an idea for another dinner…