Tuesday, July 28, 2009

I Love Lettuce



I just realized that I have taken too many pictures of lettuce this week to not acknowledge it here. It's fresh at the store, it takes up yards of table at the farmers market, it's overflowing CSA shares. To see all those lacy green piles... I am so taken with how beautiful they are. Sure I make salads, and I've made an intricate lettuce soup with a savory custard on two occasions, but no portrait series or Ode to Lettuce. Until today- I declare my love!





Growing up we had "real" lettuce, or green leaf lettuce. This was because my mom grew up on white bread and iceberg (among other things) and so she bought dry, dense wheat bread (boy has that come a long way) and real lettuce and did not stock soda or cereal more sugary than Honey Nut Cheerios. As soon as I was at other houses or comparing lunchboxes I yearned for the exotic crunch of iceberg and remember begging for it (she must have been so horrified). I was rejected with "there is nothing IN iceberg lettuce". I have forgiven her for that and am in fact totally grateful that she made the choices she did in feeding me. I actually still love iceberg, particularly involved in a red onion-blue cheese dressing situation, but now I love all the other lettuces too...



This varietal is called Salad Bowl! It truly fills a huge bowl...at least briefly.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

And what about bibb lettuce? Cut the head in half, slather it with olive oil and grill that puppy. Even better if you sprinkle with blue cheese or bacon crumbles.

That's love!

Anonymous said...

And what about bibb lettuce? Cut the head in half, slather it with olive oil and grill that puppy. Even better if you sprinkle with blue cheese or bacon crumbles.

That's love!

molly mcclintock said...

omg, my mom fed me the same way!! no soda, no sugar cereal, no iceberg etc etc

adam said...

whammy!

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