Spring across Maine has been mix of stretches of cool drenching rain and blasts of hot sun. While many gardeners are debating when to put their seedlings in the soil, one thing is certain: the chives are popping! Usually one of the first plants to emerge in the spring, oniony chives have a subtle flavor and a soft, straw-like texture. Usually found minced into confetti as the finishing touch on dishes, chives can have a surprisingly versatile place in your kitchen and garden. They're easy to grow (reoccurring each year and resisting most weather changes) and easy to incorporate into most meals. Whether you're going to make these chive pancakes with the stems or an intriguing vinegar with the bright purple (and edible!) flowers, or even just use as an enticing garnish, chives are sure to brighten up any plate with their colors and flavors.
These simple, savory pancakes from local chef Foodscapes Board Member Scott Mazer can be adapted to your preferences and the ingredients you have on hand. Let's cook!