In the northeast late summer is the perfect season for getting excellent produce and also for turning me into a sweaty, complaining mess.
We didn't get home until 8:00 PM so while Jen rested on the couch I put out these slices of rosemary bread with Kerrygold butter, sliced radish, salt, and pepper. After a couple of servings both of our lips (or sets of lips, we don't collectively share two lips) were tingling. Much like with good arugula I consider this to be evidence of some mighty fine radishes.
For the main course I cooked some crushed garlic, spring onion, red pepper, and shiitake mushrooms (from New Jersey) in a little olive oil and butter. When they were slightly softened I added some fresh ramps, cooked linguine, slat, and pepper. This made for a great light pasta dish for the season.
For beer I decided to try this Simcoe Spring Ale from Peak Organic Brewing Company in Portland, Maine.
I think last year at this time I might not have liked this beer but after developing my beer palate for the last 365 days I found this highly enjoyable. It was not too bitter but had a nice flowery, piney taste from the Simcoe hops. It also had what I like to call the "Budweiser Exhale" which was detectable on the aftertaste. I'm thinking there must have been a hop used in this beer that is also used in Budweiser. This was also detectable in my home brew so it may be the Saaz hop.
A quick Google search might even be able to give me an answer for this but that's an awful lot of work.