Ramps are in the huge category of “things whose megahyped status I will never comprehend or accept.” If you are into paying $12/lb for some oniony-tasting leaves I won’t stop you, but I will wonder why you don’t just save your Farmer’s Market $ for scallions, which are also extra flavorful and exciting in the early spring and are always cheap. I have been getting these purple ones from the Rexcroft Farm stand which are pretty as well as delicious. I put them in this easy, unexotic, relatively healthy spinach quiche that also contains a 10oz package of frozen spinach and cream cheese and it’s the best quiche I’ve ever eaten in my life. Score another one for Smitten Kitchen.
I was thinking of SK yesterday while reading the New Yorker profile of Ree Drummond the Pioneer Woman — a fascinating read. I will never stop being interested in the stories of women whose blogs are supporting their families, even as said blogs celebrate their somewhat airbrushed ordinary-housewifeness. (Didn’t that sentence press like three separate hot buttons for you?) I will also never understand why people get upset about self-revelation as an art project but are generally okay with fake self-revelation as a cottage industry.
Anyway, I wasn’t thinking of SK because any of that stuff describes her blog. SK posts cute photos of her baby now and then but mostly she posts perfect failsafe recipes with helpful realistic photos. She has a clearly stated policy about not accepting product placement. Her cookbook is going to be dynamite. The New Yorker will never assign a profile of her but that’s probably a good thing.