CULINARY THRILL SEEKING — What about those carrot greens?

Published 12:06 am Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Someone gave me just-pulled carrots and insisted I inhale their fragrance.

It was actually a delicate culinary perfume that made me think of how fresh babies smell. Must be those babies found in the cabbage patch?

The growers suggested I keep orange parts submerged in water and that made a beautiful display.

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The lush, feathery green tops were so attractive that I asked if they’d found a way to eat them. Sprinkle it as a garnish on salad, they suggested.

I hit the computer and found some ideas.

Pesto won, but the chimichurri looked appealing, too.

For my pesto I processed the green tops with toasted walnuts, olive oil and a bit of mayonnaise, just because I had some.

I added garlic powder and topped it with red pepper flakes. I know cheese is a main pesto ingredient, but I skipped it and made a thick dip for fresh veggies, including the orange part of the carrot.

By the way, the produce came from Jim and Dodie’s Big Adventure, which has “shut down” for the season. But Mr. LaBove’s next book in the Cotton’s Seafood tradition is on the horizon.

Southeast Texas rice is nice

Carolina Gold is grown Anahuac. Texas Highways magazine featured this “nearly extinct” variety’s comeback via Harvest Grain Mills.

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Darragh Doiron is a Port Arthur area foodie socially distancing and still enjoying great company and flavors. Reach her at