Just got a note from Mary Fishback at Bread & Ink Cafe that they're going to be featuring a very special ingredient from tonight through the weekend. Ramps, or allium ampeloprasum, are wild leeks and, according to the Wikipedia, are found from South Carolina to Canada in the late winter and early spring. They have a pronounced flavor of onions and garlic and are traditionally prepared "fried with potatoes in bacon grease or scrambled with eggs and served with bacon, pinto beans, and cornbread."
This is the second year that Bruce and Mary have brought in ramps from their secret Southern source, and Mary says that from tonight (Tues., 4/3) through Easter Sunday they'll have "ramp pesto pasta and polenta with ramps for evening specials - unless we decide to do something else." Ramps will be featured in breakfast specials on Saturday and Sunday, as well. See you there!
Details: Bread & Ink Cafe, 3610 SE Hawthorne Blvd. Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Phone 503-239-4756.