In other DI/DO news, Moskin gets raw. The Times has never been reticent in its coverage of first world problems, but Produce Panic is a new one:
What should be a beautiful and inspiring sight — your kitchen, overflowing with seasonal produce — is sometimes an intimidating tableau of anxiety. The knobbly piles and dirt-caked bunches are overwhelming. Already the peak-ripe multicolored peppers are developing soft spots; the chard is wilting and the race is on.
Don't get it? Well, it's like this:
Vegetable anxiety can strike anyone at this time of year: C.S.A. subscribers, compulsive farm-stand stoppers and even vegetarians. “All this produce arrives with a deadline,” said Benjamin Elwood, a lawyer in St. Paul. “It’s like when a DVD comes from Netflix. You feel like you have to watch the movie ASAP in order to get your money’s worth, but the pressure makes you not want to watch it.”
Actually, it's the opposite of Netflix. The whole point of Netflix is that DVD's do not have an expiration date. Skeptical? Leave that red envelope with a copy of Silkwood on your DVD, and jam that CSA kale in your produce drawer. Spend one month ignoring kale and Silkwood in favor of dime bags of mesclun and Real Housewives marathons. Inspect DVD and produce drawer. You will find that you have made Netflix a little richer, and that the Creature from the Black Lagoon is now living in your produce drawer.
Anyway, this receipt is on the shortlist, and the idea of prepping the vegetables the day they arrive in your house might help fight Silkwood syndrome. The title had me thinking that Moskin was advocating for raw vegetables, but not so much. But this time of year, fresh and raw peas and tomatoes are where it's at. As you can see, Big Daddy Kane agrees.