My favorite day. . .

July 2, 2008

I live in superlatives. I have at least a hundred favorite songs and probably 30 favorite movies so, sometimes when I say that something is “my very favorite,” people take it with a grain of salt. But, this time, I really mean it.

I am a child of summer — I love the warm weather and long days. I adore the bounty that the summer garden provides. And, I especially love sweet summer peas. As far back as I can remember, the first peas of summer were reason to celebrate. Every member of my family loves peas — six week peas, crowder peas, pink-eye-purple-hulls, rice peas. . . the list goes on.

So, today is my favorite day this year. The Coon Rock family has produced it’s first batch of peas for the summer. Ours are pink-eye-purple-hulls and they are beautiful. I am going to sit down this afternoon and shell my bucket and we’re going to have the sweetest dinner of the year so far. I may not even serve anything with the peas — just might let them shine on their own.

If you wonder how I cook them:

For a quart of peas, place peas in pot, cover with water and add a tablespoon of oil (I use olive oil), salt and pepper to taste, and 1/4 cup of beef broth. Cover and bring to a boil. After boiling, turn heat down to medium and cook until peas reach desired tenderness.