Tag: spring

7 Ways to Make Pasta Primavera, aka the Most-Springy Dish Ever

by in In Season, Recipes, April 14th, 2016

Pasta PrimaveraIf you’re like us and are just about ready to dance down the streets and proclaim your excitement over spring’s long-awaited arrival, you need to celebrate by taking advantage of the best parts of spring — and, of course, that means the bounty of seasonal produce. In Italian, primavera means “spring,” and the classic dish of pasta primavera brings together the bounty of in-season veggies in a single light, bright dinner that’s ideal for longer days and warmer nights. Read on below to check out our favorite takes on this tried-and-true staple.

Giada De Laurentiis’ Pasta Primavera
With nearly 400 fan reviews and a 5-star rating, Giada’s go-to recipe is a good place to start if you’re new to the primavera party. She lets the sweetness of the roasted carrots, zucchini and bell peppers shine in her no-sauce sauce, which is made just before serving as the hot noodles get tossed with the tender veggies and a generous splash of the cooking liquid.

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What Do I Do with Parsnips?

by in In Season, Recipes, April 9th, 2016

The parsnip is a root vegetable related to both carrots and parsley (and, come to think of it, don’t the tops of carrots look a lot like parsley?). Parsnips are shaped much like carrots, a bit wider at the base, with a creamy yellow-beige skin and interior. They should be smooth, hard and free of soft spots or sprouts, and are best when harvested young so they don’t develop a woody core.

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5-Star Blueberry-Lemon Tart — Most Popular Pin of the Week

by in Community, April 3rd, 2016

Lemon-Blueberry TartThough lemon and its citrus pals, like orange and grapefruit, are technically in season in the throes of winter, their vibrant, sunny colors and bright, refreshing flavors make them especially craveable as the weather starts to warm up in the spring. In this week’s Most Popular Pin of the Week, Tyler Florence combines the refreshing taste of lemon with another seasonal pick — juicy blueberries — to create a foolproof tart. He builds the creamy filling upon a buttery pastry shell for decadent results.

For more fresh, seasonal recipes, check out Food Network’s Let’s Celebrate: Spring! board on Pinterest.

Get the Recipe: Blueberry- Lemon Tart

Chefs’ Picks: Spring Vegetables

by in Restaurants, April 2nd, 2016

Fava Beans

Chefs’ Picks tracks down what the pros are eating and cooking from coast to coast.

 

Everyone loves spring for its greenery, new life and, more importantly, warmer temps. What chefs appreciate most, however, is the abundance of fresh produce. Here are some of their favorite recipes for spring’s first vegetables. Read more

5 Ways Peas Are Better with the Italian Treatment

by in Recipes, March 31st, 2016

Peas and ProsciuttoIf winter was the time for stick-to-your-ribs meat sauces, hearty layered lasagnas and other forces of Italian-made comfort, spring is the time for dishes with a much fresher inclination. And if there’s anything that screams “spring” above all else, it’s peas. This week, we’re celebrating the season by giving peak-season peas the Italian treatment in pea-centric sides, pasta dishes and more. Though many of these recipes call for frozen peas, go the fresh route instead. ‘Tis the season, after all.

Giada De Laurentiis combines peas with an Italian mainstay, prosciutto, for the epitome of a fresh springtime side. Her recipe for Peas and Prosciutto is a stunner when served beside any main dish, and it takes just 18 minutes to prep.

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6 Ways to Turn Your Food Into Flowers for Spring

by in Recipes, March 31st, 2016

Avocado FlowerSince everything looks cuter turned into a flower, spring is the time of year we totally advocate playing with your food. Here are a few truly impressive ways to eat a “flower” whenever you please, all season long.

Avocado Flowers (above)

Avocado smashed onto toast or blended into dip is already enough to get our hearts fluttering, but no one makes avocado as swoonworthy as Colette, the blogger behind Food Deco. Colette has an incredible knack for wrapping the green slices into the perfect little blooms. Follow along with her creations, like this “flower pot” with whipped feta and black quinoa, on Instagram.

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The Prettiest Desserts to Make This Spring

by in Entertaining, In Season, March 27th, 2016

italian cream cakeSunny skies call for bright and merry desserts. Chocolate and caramel are survival mechanisms for winter, but they’re not necessary when all you need is a light spring jacket outside. So bring on the tart fruits and dreamy meringues. Below are some of our prettiest spring treats. They’re all beautiful, and most are fun and easy to put together. (We’re looking at you, Easter dessert procrastinators.)

Italian Cream Cake with Blueberries

Naked cakes are all still in style this spring, and The Pioneer Woman’s four-layer beauty deserves the spotlight at your spring soiree. (No one has to know how easy it is to actually make.) Read more

6 Easter Desserts Almost Too Cute to Eat

by in In Season, Recipes, March 26th, 2016

This Sunday, amp up the cute factor and make an adorable sweet centerpiece for your spring feast. Admit it: A cake shaped like a bunny is just as exciting to you as it is for the youngest Easter egg hunters at the party. A cake is a cake, regardless of whether it’s topped with frosted biscotti ears. Whip out the icing and pastel candies for a dessert that is sure to make everyone smile. Here are some of our happiest recipes that are almost too cute to eat.

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Carrot Cake Everything: 7 Delicious Takes on the Classic

by in In Season, Recipes, March 22nd, 2016

carrot cheesecakeIt’s officially spring and Easter is right around the corner, which probably means that finding a carrot cake recipe is on your to-do list this week. Let’s face it: Carrot cake plus cream cheese frosting is the season’s best combination. Whether you’re looking for a classic two-tier beauty or a fun twist on the classic, we’ve got you. Below are some of our favorite ways to incorporate the bright orange veggie into dessert.

Carrot Cheesecake (pictured above)

If you believe that cream cheese frosting is the best part of any carrot cake, you’d probably agree that it makes perfect sense to replace it with a thick layer of creamy cheesecake. Do yourself — along with your lucky friends and family — a favor and make this showstopping mash-up dessert.

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7 Spring Produce Picks You Should Be Cooking with Right Now

by in In Season, Recipes, March 21st, 2016

Hearty winter produce will always have a place in our kitchens, but the best part of spring’s arrival is the sudden abundance of fresh greens and delicate strawberries — a stark contrast from last season’s heavy tubers and tart citrus. Sadly, there is one downside: The window for spring fruits and vegetables is fleeting, with many of the season’s popular items peaking now and fading out of the spotlight as early as late April or May. That’s all the more reason to head to the farmers market and get cooking, we think.

Here are seven in-season produce picks you should be taking advantage of right now:

Peas
Food Network Magazine’s Spring Peas with Dates and Walnuts features three varieties of in-season peas: English peas, snow peas and sugar snap peas. For a festive spring side, blanch the peas to bring out their vivid green color, then toss them with walnuts, dates and sauteed shallots.

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