While I'm all about making simple things regardless of the time of year, this is especially true as summer approaches. Part of this is a practical thing (don't want to have the stove on all day), but it's mostly because I like to enjoy summer's bounty almost naked, with just a few accents to make things pop.
Summer is a time for satiny leafy greens, curvaceous summer squashes and sweet succulent berries with all laid to bare. Can they be adorned with a few accessories? Sure! Just as long as you don't cover up the best bits. Is this starting to sound like a steamy romance novel? Well good! because I'm passionate about the foods of summer.
As it gets warm outside, I'll be visiting farms, gathering summer's beauties and exposing them, centerfold style. The following highlights two gorgeous greens with little bits of fleshy pink bacon and bronzed walnuts setting the whole thing off.
- Cook the bacon in a saute pan over medium heat until a good amount of fat has rendered out and the edges start turning brown (but not crisp). Turn up the heat and add the swiss chard, tossing until wilted and the white stems turn translucent.
- Add the ramps and walnuts and cook for a few more seconds until the ramps wilt and turn a vibrant green. Grind some black pepper on top and serve.