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I am UmberDove.

And by that, I mean an artist.  One who hears stories in the wind, who paints because it is what her soul tells her to do, who smiths because the muse moves through her fingertips, who loves nothing more than the promise of an unexplored trail, the sound of the ocean in her ears, and scent of a serious cup of coffee.



Maybe I am a little bit of a foodie. I get so excited when our Pioneer Organics box arrives on Wednesday afternoons; its like a big present (with a bad, plastic, grey wrapping job) that I tear into, scrupulously checking out each item (by that I mean the snif test) and laying produce out like a grocery wish list come true. The produce really is that good, and I have been widening my circle of veggie knowledge each week with a local, seasonal item that could be a bit scary. This week its mizuna, last week it was raab (delicious sauteed with garlic and crushed red pepper!).
I have also become addicted to a new blog, Orangette. Orangette's writting is beautiful, and her recipes have proven to be even better. The chocolate-apricot-espresso cookies have been a huge hit (even though our terrible apartment-grade oven threatens to murder anything I attempt to cook) and I have dinned on her spring-chopped-salad about 11 days in the past two weeks. And she lives here, in the fabulous, pouring rain of the PNW (Pacific Northwest for all you out of towners). So she must be great.