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L.A. Chowhounds, what are your seasonal cravings now?

Today's cool over on the westside, the 'June gloom' effect approaching. It kind of makes me want some sort of seafood chowder, but not a really heavy one like might be good when it's really cold.

How about you? Either re the weather or what your taste buds know is coming into season here?

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  1. cherries, heirloom tomatoes w/burrata, and corn on the cob.

    1. Ditto the corn on the cob. Strawberries & raspberries & ice cream. Au gratin potatoes. and bbq pork ribs or loin. Think that's what I'm making for dinner tomorrow night! I agree rethe June gloom all of a sudden, but we had a nice long pleasant spring. Maybe I'll make more spring soups! And fruit baked desserts!

      1. I can't wait for the plums to explode on the scene... and figs. I have missed Ann Tenerelli's white figs! I hope she comes down again this year.

        And I'm desperate for proper watermelon so I can have it with feta cheese from Soledad Goats, but I'm also mourning the end of the season of the Japanese white sweet potatoes (there's an aged Japanese lady at Irvine CFM who sells the very best sweet potatoes I have ever had in my LIFE).

        But! Shiso is out now, and fresh bamboo, and Rainier cherries are finally sweet enough to eat. It's just going out of green almond season, and sockeye salmon season is JUUUUUUST overlapping this year with basil season so that I can make excellent salmone al pesto (yes, Nonna, I know, please stop rolling over in your grave). Apricots are all over the place and we're just at the tail end of that magical season that makes possible salads with Murcott tangerines, fava beans and Romano cheese.

        So I'm pretty happy.

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        1. re: Das Ubergeek

          Just discovered last week that that tree in the backyard that's been growing up IS a fig... because I saw a green fig on it! (Hopefully there are no lookalike poisonous figs.) So now I'm browsing around for figgy recipes.

          1. re: Cinnamon

            Google what a fig tree looks like, nothing else looks like them. Bear in mind two things: fig trees produce a "false" (breba) crop in early summer and the real crop in late summer. Breba crop figs are perfectly edible, just not as succulent as the main crop. Also, birds steal figs. We had to wrap our trees in mesh during fig season when we lived in NoHo.

            1. re: Das Ubergeek

              Good to know. We've got birds, squirrels, an opossum, etc. despite being 'in town' so I will keep mesh in mind!

          2. re: Das Ubergeek

            I didn't see the white figs from Tenerelli Farms @ the Irvine farmer's market today. Mr OCAnn adores Rainier cherries, but I didn't find them sweet enough for our tastes. They weren't tart, but they weren't sweet either...they were sitting somewhere in the middle, but not enough to compel me to pay the higher price (compared to the Bings).

            1. re: OCAnn

              Tenerellis usually only bring the figs to Studio City, and it's not season yet -- hence the craving. :-)

          3. I think it's about time for the Mackinaw peaches again. It's like having a circus in your mouth!

            1. Grilled melons

              Strawberry cobblers

              Apricots (grilled, as pie fillings, or as ice cream)

              1. Endive... grilled on its own, sliced into in salads, placed on on sandwiches... it's my new obsession...

                --Dommy!

                1. sorrel, in sauce or soup, fresh favas, english peas with butter and dash of sugar. okra.....

                  1. Mmmm.....BBQ!!!! Also corn on the cob, and lots of watermelon!!! And cherries!

                    1. heirloom tomatoes, apricots and lots of cherries. I can't wait for peach season, it's almost here.

                      Right now I'm craving tabouli and some chicken tawook with lots of garlic sauce.

                      1. burrata stuffed zucchini blossoms wth heirloom tomato salsa on fried green tomatoes

                        strawberry or peach shortcakes or cherry or apricot upside down cake with vanilla ice cream made in mom's electric churner

                        oysters - at their peak right now - the carlsbad ones at the hollywood FM were amazing last week!

                        any grilled steak with potato salad, grilled asparagus, corn on the cob with chipotle lime butter

                        red sangria wth summer berries, or white sangra with peaches and white nectarines mmmmmmmmmm

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                        1. re: tastycakes

                          This sounds like my menu for next week!...We always do our carbonara with peas just as my Nonna taught me in Ferrara...and yes, the oysters are outstanding right now!

                          1. re: tastycakes

                            burrata stuffed anything, zucchini blossoms stuffed with anything, heirloom tomatoes with anything, strawberries daily.........mmmmmmmmm.

                          2. I bought some fabulous strawberries from a door-to-door seller and have been eating them every way I can think of. Today I toasted and buttered Trader Joe's thick cinnamon bread, then layered on sliced berries. Almost tasted like bread pudding. Wonderful.