I was watching Louis CK’s 2011 comedy special, Live at the Beacon Theatre, the other night and was cracking up at his rant about how he believes humans are aliens because we are constantly complaining about how uncomfortable we are here on Earth.  We use air conditioning and heating units and fans to make everything juuuuuuust right.  Louis notes that it just doesn’t make sense that we were meant to be on this planet.  If we were, we would just be able to deal with the extreme highs and lows without freaking out.  I’ll admit that I’m one of those complainers. While I can handle winter weather alright, the heat and sweat and that stickiness that takes over from June to August is unbearable.

This weather we’ve been having recently, however, has been perfect… and I feel the need to say that out-loud to myself that at least once a day. “This is fantastic! It needs to stay like this forever. Ah, yes… seventy degrees and sunny with a slight breeze.”  I know it won’t last long, but I’m taking as much of it in as I can before it gets warmer.

You may have noticed a lot of beverages on here recently and I’ve been enjoying playing around with some fun cocktail recipes for you (Hope you’ve been enjoying consuming some of them too!).  Over the last few weeks, Eric and I have switched from whiskey drinks to gin and vodka and tequila. Just like food, our bodies crave different libations as the seasons change. So, here is a vodka “refresher” for you to all enjoy that utilizes some of Honest Tea‘s Honey Green Tea, which the company generously sent over for me to try.  I was thrilled with the subtle sweetness of the tea, especially since I had planned on including a little simple syrup in the cocktail.

In addition, they’re offering one lucky A Thought For Food reader a chance to win a month’s supply of their tea (30 drinks)!   Woo hoo!

See below for details on how to enter the giveaway:

A word from the folks at Honest Tea:

“Honest Tea would like to keep you refreshed for 30 days, on us. Brewed with organic tea leaves and half the calories and sugar of other bottled teas, we hope you’ll find it a sip in the right direction.  ”

To Enter the Honest Tea Givaway:  Leave a comment here telling me what your favorite warm-weather beverage is (alcoholic or non-alcoholic).

Giveaway Disclaimer: No purchase necessary. Open to US residents only . Giveaway will end on May 27th 2013 at 12:00 pm EST. One winner with a valid entry will be selected at random using random.org. Winner will be notified by email and will have 48 hours to claim their prize or another winner will be selected. Samples of Honest Tea products and the giveaway items were provided to me by Honest Tea through the NoshOnIt Publisher Partner Program. 

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  • May 20, 2013 - 2:31 am

    Dee - I love herbal tea when it’s hot outside.ReplyCancel

  • May 20, 2013 - 4:11 am

    Amy Orlandi - I love lavender lemon water!ReplyCancel

  • May 20, 2013 - 8:50 am

    Tieghan - This is such a perfect summer drink!ReplyCancel

  • May 20, 2013 - 9:00 am

    Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic - My favorite summer drink is just ice cold water with a squeeze of lemon. So refreshing! I love Honest Tea, I usually chug down a bottle after hot yoga :)ReplyCancel

  • May 20, 2013 - 9:10 am

    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar - This looks so good!! Omg, LOVE that Louis CK special! Have you seen the new “Oh My God” tour?? This is my fav segment:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bkjmzEEQUlEReplyCancel

  • May 20, 2013 - 10:24 am

    Marnely Rodriguez-Murray - Oh I do love Louis CK! And my favorite summer drink has to be a local restaurants summer sangria, which is too die for but is even better since I typically sit outside and enjoy the 70F and breezy weather. Where can we move that has this weather ALL THE TIME!?ReplyCancel

  • May 20, 2013 - 10:53 am

    Sarah H.P. - I love lemonade!!!ReplyCancel

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    Brittany Burke - I love a spicy margarita! ReplyCancel

  • May 20, 2013 - 12:30 pm

    Alison Lewis - Homemade strawberry lemonade! Great photos by the way.ReplyCancel

  • May 20, 2013 - 12:40 pm

    Lisa - Fresh squeezed ice cold lemonade. Cools you down in an instant!ReplyCancel

  • May 20, 2013 - 2:38 pm

    eleanor - I love half and half. Tazo Passion Tea and Homemade Lemonade. MmmmReplyCancel

  • May 20, 2013 - 3:23 pm

    Meredith - My favorite warm-weather beverage is lemonade!ReplyCancel

  • May 20, 2013 - 5:08 pm

    Whitney - Honestly? Perfectly made lemonade (a bit tart, not too sweet) or some sweet tea.ReplyCancel

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    Babs - My favorite summer/warm weather drink is any type or flavor of iced tea!ReplyCancel

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    dixya| Food, Pleasure, and Health - alcoholic – gin & tonic with lime is my goto drink and non-alcoholic would have to be – green teaReplyCancel

  • May 20, 2013 - 5:53 pm

    Bonnie - Tanqueray and tonic with lots of limes.ReplyCancel

  • May 20, 2013 - 6:24 pm

    Christina - I love a big glass of iced tea with lemon in the summer.ReplyCancel

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    Alison - Iced tea and vodka tonic with a large piece of limeReplyCancel

  • May 20, 2013 - 6:35 pm

    Sarah - I love a good sidecar in the summer.ReplyCancel

  • May 20, 2013 - 6:40 pm

    Dorothea - I like carbonated water with lemon or lime – so simple yet so refreshing!ReplyCancel

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    Loretta | A Finn In The Kitchen - I love ice cold kombucha flavored with lime and strawberries!ReplyCancel

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    libby - My favorite is iced sweet teaReplyCancel

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    Audrey - Smoothies with lots of ice.ReplyCancel

  • May 20, 2013 - 8:54 pm

    Szkent - One part blood orange soda one part Trader Joe’s orange flavored mineral water over ice or in a chilled glass. If I am going for full orange overload then I add a splash of orange juice.ReplyCancel

  • May 20, 2013 - 9:10 pm

    Sommer @ ASpicyPerspective - My favorite warm-weather beverage is either still or sparkling water infused with fresh berries. (Your Green Tea Refresher sounds pretty good, too!) :)ReplyCancel

  • May 20, 2013 - 9:25 pm

    Nadine Joy Kurland - I’m a martini girl, all the way!ReplyCancel

  • May 20, 2013 - 9:26 pm

    Liana Marie White - Ginsing Tea!ReplyCancel

  • May 20, 2013 - 9:36 pm

    Ouida Duke Lampert - A gin and tonic with a little St. GermainReplyCancel

  • May 20, 2013 - 9:52 pm

    Cellabella - Passionfruit Iced Tea! With a little bit of mint :)ReplyCancel

  • May 20, 2013 - 9:55 pm

    Madeline - My favorite warm-weather beverage is a mojito, or a long island iced tea!ReplyCancel

  • May 20, 2013 - 10:35 pm

    Dawn Shelton Connelly - a fresh, frozen slushi w/ vodka of course :)ReplyCancel

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    Leanna R - Im a margarita gal but I also love cherry limeade.ReplyCancel

  • May 20, 2013 - 10:55 pm

    Andrew Frishman - Mnnn… I LOVES me some honesty, especially when it’s sponsored.

    el dinero es el alma del capitalismoReplyCancel

  • May 20, 2013 - 11:31 pm

    Arthur in the Garden! - OH, that would be yummy!ReplyCancel

  • May 20, 2013 - 11:35 pm

    Stacey Steinbach - White peach sangria and here is the recipe I use: http://wine.about.com/od/howwineismade/r/Whitelightsangr.htm.ReplyCancel

  • May 21, 2013 - 12:09 am

    Calli - strawberry daiquris!ReplyCancel

  • May 21, 2013 - 12:26 am

    Michelle Doherty - Home made lemonade with a sprig of rosemary and a shot of vodka :)ReplyCancel

  • May 21, 2013 - 1:55 am

    Maybelline Mendoza - Passion fruit lemonade unsweetened with just a hint of honey. Yum!ReplyCancel

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    Kiran @ KiranTarun.com - That rosemary simple syrup sounds divine!ReplyCancel

  • May 21, 2013 - 6:31 am

    Joanne - I never really believe my body will stop craving certain foods as the weather gets warmer but it always happens, like clockwork. One thing I always love is Honest Tea! That’s one of my favorite fun drinks to get to go with my lunch. I love the cocktail you made with it…honey and rosemary are such a great combo.ReplyCancel

  • May 21, 2013 - 6:43 am

    Janet - I really love to drink water with spices and fruit in it.ReplyCancel

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    Carolyn - What a gorgeous, refreshing drink. Love the rosemary!ReplyCancel

  • May 21, 2013 - 8:14 am

    Stacey M - On a super hot day I like a nice cold Dos XX!ReplyCancel

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    DessertForTwo - My favorite summer beverage is an icy cold gin + tonic!ReplyCancel

  • May 21, 2013 - 8:47 am

    Leigh - Dark n Stormys!ReplyCancel

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    Kristina N. - I love making sangria and adding a hint of whatever fruit is in season!ReplyCancel

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    Stephanie - My favorite is Passion Iced Tea!ReplyCancel

  • May 21, 2013 - 4:34 pm

    Chelsea - I love strawberry green tea!ReplyCancel

  • May 21, 2013 - 5:00 pm

    Marcia - I love an old-fashioned unsweetened (black) iced tea!ReplyCancel

  • May 21, 2013 - 5:18 pm

    Vanderbilt Wife - I’m a big Arnold Palmer fan. Or anything with peaches!ReplyCancel

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    Madeline - I love iced tea with lemon.ReplyCancel

  • May 21, 2013 - 9:16 pm

    Robin Moss - I love water with lemons and oranges cut up in it.ReplyCancel

  • May 22, 2013 - 1:54 am

    Pat Joseph - I really like to make some sangria and sit/drink with friends.ReplyCancel

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    Robyn - A minty mojito is one of my warm weather favesReplyCancel

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    green coffee extract weight loss - Thanks in favor of sharing such a good opinion, piece of writing is fastidious, thats why i have read it entirelyReplyCancel

  • May 22, 2013 - 7:46 am

    Toni - Ice cold water with a squeeze of fresh lemon…works every time. Something more fun, a green tea ginger gin sour made with gin, ginger simple syrup, lime juice, candied ginger and green tea. mmmm.ReplyCancel

  • May 22, 2013 - 8:34 am

    Barb S. @ FL Mom's Blog - My favorites to drink during the summer are actually Iced or iced coffee! And I do love the Honest Tea Honey Green Tea—I can get it from my local Publix supermarket and from some areas on WDW property when my family goes to WDW!ReplyCancel

  • May 22, 2013 - 10:05 am

    Seth - Half iced tea, half lemonade, also known as an Arnold Palmer.ReplyCancel

  • May 22, 2013 - 10:18 am

    Jennifer - Just an old-fashioned iced tea!ReplyCancel

  • May 22, 2013 - 10:20 am

    Russell van Kraayenburg - Where’d you get those glasses? They’re super adorable!ReplyCancel

  • May 22, 2013 - 10:29 am

    Debbie - Margarita – on the rocks, with salt! Or a Corona with lime – takes me right back to the beach in Mexico every time!ReplyCancel

  • May 22, 2013 - 1:24 pm

    M.C. - For an alcoholic beverage I do like Sangria especially if there are a few friends about. And definitely iced tea! :) Happy summer greetings!ReplyCancel

  • May 22, 2013 - 1:51 pm

    Corbin - Lemonade is the way to go!ReplyCancel

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    Molly Queen - Water with cucumbers and strawberries! Yum!ReplyCancel

  • May 22, 2013 - 2:30 pm

    Hilary - Pimm’s Cup, with fresh cucumber. :)ReplyCancel

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    Brandon @ Kitchen Konfidence - I love an ice cold ginger beer.ReplyCancel

  • May 22, 2013 - 5:39 pm

    Sneh | Cook Republic - So refreshing! I love the idea of rosemary syrup. xReplyCancel

  • May 22, 2013 - 5:48 pm

    Jaime Lopez - This sounds so simple and delicious for a hot summer afternoon. I think I will be trying this out for myself very soon!

    – Jaime
    http://www.southonbroadway.blogspot.comReplyCancel

  • May 22, 2013 - 6:43 pm

    nusrat2010 - Rosemary syrup sounds and smells incredibly beautiful :)ReplyCancel

  • May 23, 2013 - 2:27 am

    Shelley Annem - white wine, soda water and fruit, such as raspberries, over ice. My kind of wine spritzer :)ReplyCancel

  • May 23, 2013 - 11:30 am

    Barb | Creative Culinary - Margaritas made with all fresh ingredients and good tequila; still my summertime favorite.ReplyCancel

  • May 23, 2013 - 1:39 pm

    Greg Henry - Maybe you’re an alien from Los Angeles. It’s almost (nearly) always 76 and sunny here. GREGReplyCancel

  • May 23, 2013 - 10:56 pm

    PPL - I need to know too – where did you get those highball glasses, SO adorable?!ReplyCancel

    • May 23, 2013 - 11:28 pm

      Brian @ A Thought For Food - I actually got them from Ikea. :-)ReplyCancel

  • May 24, 2013 - 12:39 am

    Heather Goesch - Water with cucumber and mint leaves! Simple, simple.ReplyCancel

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    Debbie Bray - unsweetened iced tea with fresh lemonReplyCancel

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    rachel - I love iced tea or iced coffee!!ReplyCancel

  • May 24, 2013 - 5:36 pm

    Honey Green Tea & Rosemary Refresher | Honest Tea Blog - […] libation created by our friend Brian Samuels—photographer, blogger and adventurous pescatarian at A Thought For Food.  This lively mixer is sure to make your taste buds sing—think citrus meets earthy notes of […]ReplyCancel

  • May 25, 2013 - 12:50 pm

    Jessica w - my favorite drinks are lemonade, ice tea, and any cocktailsReplyCancel

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    Kellie Allen - iced tea with lemon!ReplyCancel

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    Catherine - I love Arnold Palmers!ReplyCancel

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    Karen - I love a tall glass of Campari and OJ — I can tell when I’ve got it right because the color is magnificent!ReplyCancel

  • May 26, 2013 - 12:46 pm

    Kim C. - I love Honest Tea and my favorite warm weather drink is actually Honest Tea’s Half & Half.ReplyCancel

  • May 26, 2013 - 8:22 pm

    Tracy - Diet Coke always. Just water if it’s really hot. And lemonade if we’re having a picnic.ReplyCancel

  • May 27, 2013 - 10:47 am

    Sippitysup - g&t. Big surprise, right? GREGReplyCancel

  • May 27, 2013 - 10:52 am

    Faye - Green Tea, seltzer, grapefruit juice, over ice. Make a simple syrup with grapefruit zest, sweeten to taste. A splash of vodka, later in the daytime!ReplyCancel

  • May 27, 2013 - 11:18 am

    Krista W.c - I adore iced coffee when the weather is warm!ReplyCancel

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    Pat J - I live on ice water with some lemon or lime when its hot outsideReplyCancel

  • May 28, 2013 - 9:35 am

    Whitney - A mojito is my favorite drink when the weather is warm!ReplyCancel

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    Anonymous - I love Honest Tea all flavors and water and lemon with lots of ice.ReplyCancel

  • May 28, 2013 - 2:27 pm

    RomanHans - I love a good Arnold Palmer. That way I don’t have to decide if I want an iced tea or a lemonade.ReplyCancel

  • May 29, 2013 - 2:55 am

    Hé Ré A - I love a nice big glass (or pitcher) of ice water on a hot summer day! Sounds simple, but it works for me. :)ReplyCancel

  • May 30, 2013 - 2:28 pm

    Karen S - My favorite warm weather drink different kinds of iced teas with fruit added!ReplyCancel

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    Joe - Water or iced tea with fresh mint muddled in itReplyCancel

  • May 30, 2013 - 5:46 pm

    chuck p - Pimm’s and honest tea half and half-50% over ice-refreshing with a buzzReplyCancel

  • May 30, 2013 - 6:32 pm

    Marilyn Walker - I have to admit simple is better for me on a really hot day. I love an ice cold IPA with fresh squeezed limon juice.ReplyCancel

  • May 30, 2013 - 6:44 pm

    Toni Alva - I make fresh iced tea daily and add fresh sliced fruits like oranges, lemons, strawberries and my new fav, slice watermellon.ReplyCancel

  • June 5, 2013 - 5:13 pm

    Anonymous - homemade iced tea, lemonade or iced coffee…can’t choose which one!ReplyCancel

  • June 11, 2013 - 10:35 pm

    Eric Rodgers - I like nearly anything with mint in the summer — iced tea by day, mojitos by evening.ReplyCancel

  • June 14, 2013 - 6:05 pm

    Honey Green Tea & Rosemary Refresher | Honest Tea Blog - […] by Brian Samuels—photographer, blogger and adventurous pescatarian at A Thought For Food.  Click here to read how to make this lively […]ReplyCancel

  • June 22, 2013 - 12:39 am

    marla - Refreshing indeed & I love those vintage glasses!ReplyCancel

  • July 2, 2013 - 5:18 pm

    Claudia Schuster Burdick - Moroccan mint tea with a splash of real ginger ale.ReplyCancel

  • May 21, 2013 - 8:25 pm

    Maybelline Mendoza - Slightly obsessed with Honest Tea drinks. Mmmmm!!ReplyCancel

  • May 22, 2013 - 1:55 pm

    Stefano M. Rivolta - also: ice cubes with chopped cucumbers and fresh mint frozen inside.ReplyCancel

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    Molly Queen - I might have to try that…tonight. ReplyCancel

I’ve been on the road a lot recently.  Well, not just the road, in the air as well.  It makes writing a bit challenging, so I usually get most of my posts down on my iPhone. Whenever I mention this to people, they always shake their heads… they can’t imagine typing that much with their thumbs. I find it freeing though. Grammar and spelling become less important and I’m able to focus on my thoughts. I’m not a natural writer and often struggle to find the words to convey what I’m feeling. But this little keyboard allows me to get it out without over-thinking it.

As I mentioned, I’ve been traveling a lot these last few weeks. It started at the end of April with a whirlwind trip out to Los Angeles by way of New Jersey. After a long weekend out west for the Big Traveling Potluck, I returned to my parents house to help out as my mom recovered from an operation.  It was nice to be there… to be with my family and the daily routine of things, even though it was obviously a very hard time for my mother.

When I returned to Boston, things didn’t slow down. I’ve been fortunate enough to work on some great projects that have kept me pretty busy.  There were a few slow days this last week where I got to create some recipes that have been stewing in my brain for a bit.  One was this bowl of grits topped with two of my favorite seasonal ingredients: fiddlehead ferns and ramps.  I kept the dish fairly rustic.  My goal was to create a comforting dinner for a rainy spring night that would stick to your ribs a little.  With a bit of brown butter and cheese mixed into the grits, I would call this one a huge success.

Now my thumbs are tired. I’m going to give them a little rest.

Enjoy!

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  • May 15, 2013 - 7:34 am

    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar - Heavens, this sounds perfect! I need to make fiddleheads before they become out of season and this is the perfect recipe!ReplyCancel

  • May 15, 2013 - 7:43 am

    Joanne - I can barely blog via my iPad let alone a phone! I’m impressed. And grateful because to be without your posts would be such a sad thing! I haven’t yet gotten to enjoy fiddleheads this season but atop a big bowl of grits…seems kinda like the perfect way.ReplyCancel

  • May 15, 2013 - 9:03 am

    Jeanette - I’ve yet to try ramps, but I do look forward to fiddleheads every Spring. Grits seem to be very popular – love the way you served it as a bed for this dish.ReplyCancel

  • May 15, 2013 - 9:06 am

    Bev @ Bev Cooks - I have actually NEVER eaten a fiddlehead and aaaaaaaaaaalways wanted to. Plus I just like to say fiddlehead. You’re not surprised.ReplyCancel

  • May 15, 2013 - 9:22 am

    carrian - “I like it, I love it, I want some more of it”. Oh gosh, I just did that.ReplyCancel

  • May 15, 2013 - 10:07 am

    Sommer @ ASpicyPerspective - Great recipe! The fiddleheads are just gorgeous!ReplyCancel

  • May 15, 2013 - 11:20 am

    Stephanie Russell - I could seriously do some major damage to a bowl of grits or polenta. So yummy and satisfying! Speaking of satisfying, I sort of like doing work on my iPhone too. It forces me to be concise and to-the-point and I realize I get a lot more e-mails done that way without putzing around. And it’s a fun challenge to press all the letters correctly. 😉ReplyCancel

  • May 15, 2013 - 12:35 pm

    marla - Awesome that you could take care of your mom. Bet that means the world to her!! :) Fiddleheads ~ I’ve never had ’em now I’m obsessed with trying them. Lovely recipe!ReplyCancel

  • May 15, 2013 - 2:24 pm

    Eileen - Most northeastern dish ever! We can’t get either fiddleheads or ramps here in CA–I’m so jealous. :)ReplyCancel

  • May 15, 2013 - 2:26 pm

    Joshua Hampton (Cooking Classes San Diego) - I’ve never heard of fiddleheads before. Glad to learn new stuff every day. And gotta try these tasty-looking grits, too.ReplyCancel

  • May 15, 2013 - 2:36 pm

    dixya| Food, Pleasure, and Health - im very intrigued by both the ingredients used in this recipe..I made similar bowl of heaven using polenta, shrimp & sundried tomatoes. hope you will find some free time to relax soon :)ReplyCancel

  • May 15, 2013 - 2:45 pm

    Kelli @ The Corner Kitchen - This looks like the most perfect sprintime comfort food!ReplyCancel

  • May 15, 2013 - 4:00 pm

    Andrew Frishman - MMMnnn… I LOVES me some grits, especially when they’ve got ferns on top!

    Cada helecho empieza como un pequeñito cabeza de violinReplyCancel

  • May 15, 2013 - 4:08 pm

    Ronald Hilbink - Brian:

    This is an amazing combination of some of my favorite spring time greens. Definitely have to try your recipe. Thank you,ReplyCancel

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    Michael Paez - Looks gorgeous!ReplyCancel

  • May 15, 2013 - 5:09 pm

    Brandon @ Kitchen Konfidence - Ohmygosh, YUM!! I’ve been obsessed recently with ramps, but I’ve yet to get my hands on some fiddleheads. Love the addition of brown butter too.ReplyCancel

  • May 15, 2013 - 7:33 pm

    merry jennifer - Well, you had me at grits.

    (ps – Hope your mom is doing okay!)ReplyCancel

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    ashley - baker by nature - This is Spring food perfection! I want.ReplyCancel

  • May 15, 2013 - 10:17 pm

    Kiran @ KiranTarun.com - Omg. I’ve never had grits, fiddleheads or ramps for that matter. Looks so delish, Brian :)

    ps: Hope you mom is doing well.ReplyCancel

  • May 16, 2013 - 7:53 am

    Carolyn - I have yet to try fiddleheads. I’ve seen them in all the grocery stores, and I’m tempted. Now I think I need to just go for it. Take your well deserved rest for those thumbs.ReplyCancel

  • May 16, 2013 - 8:59 am

    Kevin @ Closet Cooking - What a great spring treat!ReplyCancel

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    Tieghan - What an awesome spring meal. I love it!ReplyCancel

  • May 16, 2013 - 2:57 pm

    Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction - Confession – I have never tried grits. I’m terrified of grits for some strange reason. But, this dish totally makes me want to go for it. Our local farmer’s market opens up next week, and I think I remember seeing fiddleheads there last year, so I think I am going to pick some up and give it a try. That is, if I don’t chicken out on the grits in the meantime. :)ReplyCancel

  • May 17, 2013 - 9:49 am

    Stacey - Now I’m determined to find ramps and fiddleheads down here! If I can’t maybe I can still find them up in Boston in early June?? This looks SO good!ReplyCancel

  • May 17, 2013 - 9:49 am

    Molly - Ramps and Fiddleheads: Springtime in a bowl.ReplyCancel

  • May 19, 2013 - 10:06 am

    Lora @cakeduchess - I just love grits. I’ve never thought of pairing them with any thing but well, butter! And now you share this creative idea…love it. I hope your mom is feeling better and recuperating ok. xxReplyCancel

  • May 19, 2013 - 7:13 pm

    shelly (cookies and cups) - Now, I can’t say that I have had fiddleheads or ramps. I know. BUT I have had grits and imagine that they can make any meal just about perfect! Love this!ReplyCancel

  • May 19, 2013 - 11:12 pm

    Monet - I can’t believe you can type on your phone either…I’m terrible. I am not a good text messenger, so I can imagine having to type more than a sentence! But then again, I’m close to home now, so I don’t have a reason to do so! These ramps and fiddleheads look delicious. I don’t eat grits often, but when I do I want them to be like this! Thank you for sharing, sweet friend!ReplyCancel

  • May 20, 2013 - 10:35 am

    Jamie - 1) I have never eaten fiddleheads nor have I eaten ramps.

    2) I only discovered grits recently – okay forget the spoonful of grits I was forced to taste at Girl Scout Camp (which may be why I didn’t taste them again until 2 years ago and in New Orleans. I have never cooked grits.

    3) I love when you write without thinking or trying too hard. It is natural and lovely and sweet. I always tell my students – one writes best when one writes from the heart.

    4) I am so intrigued by this dish.ReplyCancel

  • May 20, 2013 - 11:58 pm

    Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen - Perfect timing, I just saw some fiddleheads and ramps the other day!ReplyCancel

  • May 22, 2013 - 9:23 am

    Russell van Kraayenburg - Gorgeous dish! I love the way those curly thingies look. Yum.ReplyCancel

  • May 22, 2013 - 4:48 pm

    Ceci Rose Dillon - Where do you get fiddleheads? Did you have to go out and collect these?ReplyCancel

    • May 22, 2013 - 3:59 pm

      Brian @ A Thought For Food - Hi Ceci! I actually found both at a local market and usually you can find them at Whole Foods here in the northeast. If you can’t find those, I’d recommend mushrooms and another kind of onion (or garlic scape would be good if you can get your hands on them).

      Thanks for your message!ReplyCancel

  • May 23, 2013 - 2:23 pm

    Jeff - I really miss fiddleheads! They were one of my favourite veggies when I visited the East Coast, especially with a splash of vinegar. I’m really digging the grits addition, I imagine some great textures going on there! Thanks for sharing!ReplyCancel

  • May 29, 2013 - 6:00 pm

    Melissa - Wow…made this today for lunch and it was AMAZING! Thanks so much for sharing it! What a perfect end-of-spring meal.ReplyCancel

  • June 20, 2013 - 11:19 am

    Cheesy Brown Butter Grits with Ramps and Fiddleheads « welldined.com - […] Brown Butter Grits with Ramps and Fiddleheads adapted from A Thought For Food serves […]ReplyCancel

  • June 27, 2013 - 1:41 pm

    Sarah - I made this with Melissa (comment above me), and it was awesome! We were just in the nick of time to grab the last of the fiddleheads and ramps!ReplyCancel

  • May 7, 2014 - 7:01 am

    Fiddlehead and Tomato Salad with Pecorino - A Thought For Food - […] is, I had to buy a bag. I often do a sauté with butter and garlic and will throw them on pasta or grits. This time, I wanted something different. Because they are potentially toxic, it’s a good […]ReplyCancel

  • May 14, 2014 - 8:49 am

    Recipe Ideas for Your Week 2 Produce | Good Food Collective - […] Fiddlehead Soup with Tarragon Cheese Grits with Fiddleheads and Ramps Sauteed Fiddleheads Fiddlehead Frittata Fiddleheads and Angel Hair […]ReplyCancel

  • May 17, 2013 - 11:53 am

    A Thought For Food - Thank you Michael! And thanks for stopping by!ReplyCancel

  • May 17, 2013 - 11:54 am

    A Thought For Food - HA! Yeah, I’m not sure how much I succeed with letter pressing. Usually I find some pretty ridiculous spelling errors. Thanks for your comment!ReplyCancel

Silent Sunday: Food Truck Throwdown (photos from Brian of A Thought For Food)

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  • May 12, 2013 - 4:14 pm

    Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic - Awesome pics! Mei mei is my favorite :)ReplyCancel

  • May 12, 2013 - 5:50 pm

    Jeanette - I love the idea of food trucks – wish we had them in our area! Great photos!ReplyCancel

  • May 12, 2013 - 6:28 pm

    Arthur in the Garden! - Such great opportunities to sample so many kinds of food!ReplyCancel

  • May 12, 2013 - 6:55 pm

    Sarah - You take such beautiful photos. Can I ask what lens you were using here?ReplyCancel

    • May 12, 2013 - 9:07 pm
      Brian @ A Thought For Food -

      Hi Sarah! Thanks for your kind note. I used my 50mm for this. Hope all is well! -BrianReplyCancel

  • May 12, 2013 - 10:27 pm

    Arthur B Raleigh - These are always fun events!ReplyCancel

  • May 13, 2013 - 6:01 am

    Andrew Frishman - Mmnnn… I LOVES me some food, especially when it comes from a truck.

    Los camiones de comida, son mis favoritos.ReplyCancel

  • May 13, 2013 - 8:39 am

    shelly (cookies and cups) - This is so great! I need a food truck in the suburbs :)ReplyCancel

  • May 13, 2013 - 3:34 pm

    Cookbook Queen - So so fun!! Not sure I can get behind the pate cone, though… 😉 The maple bacon cupcake, however, is a sure WIN!!ReplyCancel

  • May 13, 2013 - 6:10 pm

    Monet - What a great day! I loved seeing the food…and the vendors serving the food. Sure made me wish I could have joined you guys for such a gorgeous day outdoors!ReplyCancel

  • May 13, 2013 - 6:33 pm

    Sommer @ ASpicyPerspective - Oh, man! I would eat every single one of these! :)ReplyCancel

  • May 14, 2013 - 2:50 pm

    TidyMom - I wish we had food trucks around us!! love your pics Brian!ReplyCancel

  • May 17, 2013 - 9:51 am

    Stacey - Still determined to get to the Mei Mei truck when I’m up there next month!! Gorgeous images Brian….ReplyCancel

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