Tag: spring

What to Do with the Season’s First Asparagus

by in In Season, Recipes, March 25th, 2017

Roasted AsparagusSomething new has happened in our house this year. We’ve become a two-bundle family — in terms of asparagus, this is. One dainty parcel of asparagus, wrapped in a single rubber band, won’t cut it anymore. That’s because every time I cook a pound of asparagus, my husband and our four small rascals hoover that stuff up so fast I hardly have time to snag a spear myself.! So we’ve graduated. And it’s for the best. Now if I could just decide on which of these dishes to start with.

Ina Garten’s Roasted Asparagus (pictured above)
If you’ve never cooked asparagus before, and certainly if this is your children’s first taste of it, you must start with this classic recipe. Only the Barefoot Contessa could use so few ingredients to generate a fan-favorite dish with more than 300 user reviews.

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Your Guide to Utilizing Spring Produce

by in In Season, Recipes, March 21st, 2017

Pasta PrimaveraBeautiful cherry blossoms are not the only thing coming into full bloom this spring — plenty of vegetables are entering their prime season as well. And while snacking on vegetables in their au naturale state is always delicious, these recipes take them to a whole new level. So the next time you are in the produce section at the grocery store, grab some rhubarb, asparagus, carrots or peas, and try one of these 11 spring recipes.

Pasta Primavera (pictured above)
Primavera means “spring” in Italian, and there’s no shortage of seasonal flavors going on here, thanks to the addition of snap peas, carrots and bell pepper.

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11 Fresh Takes on Spring Recipes from Bobby

by in Food Network Chef, Recipes, March 20th, 2017

Quinoa Salad with Asparagus, Goat Cheese and Black OlivesWhile recent snowstorms and confusing weather patterns across the county might have you revisiting your winter wardrobe, the truth is that spring is officially here. It’s time to move away from soups and stews and venture into all the fresh produce this season has to offer. In celebration of spring, we’ve rounded up some of Bobby Flay’s best recipes that will have you craving the flavors of the season.

Quinoa Salad with Asparagus, Goat Cheese and Black Olives (pictured above)
As pasta salad season approaches, think outside of the box by using quinoa instead of the usual noodles. Follow Bobby’s lead and boil the quinoa with fresh thyme to infuse it with flavor as it cooks.

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Your Weekend Project: 5 Fresh Recipes to Make for Spring

by in Recipes, March 17th, 2017

Though some of us are still seeing frost-filled mornings and might not be quite so ready to relinquish our soup bowls, spring is finally on the horizon and it’s time to make the most of it. Take this weekend to introduce some springtime flavor to your cooking, with meals featuring fresh herbs, sweet strawberries and green produce. Here are 5 recipes to make this weekend.

Spring Vegetable Fettucine Alfredo

Bridging the gap between hearty comfort food and leafy spring mains, this creamy pasta has a mix of spring vegetables – peas and asparagus – and some lemon zest to brighten the dish.

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What Do I Do with Rhubarb?

by in In Season, Recipes, June 11th, 2016

Rhubarb Custard PieRhubarb, a classic produce variety of spring and early summer, is a vegetable that often gets cooked as though it were a fruit. Its long, crisp stalks look a lot like reddish-pinkish-purplish celery. They are quite tart; often some sort of sweetener is adding in the cooking process, especially when rhubarb is used in dessert recipes. Its nickname is the “pie plant,” since it so often ends up as a pie filling — or crisp or cobbler — sometimes along with a sweeter fruit, like strawberries or raspberries. Rhubarb can also be made into jam or compote to be canned.

Rhubarb is sold in bunches, or sometimes as individual stalks. Choose fresh, crisp stalks with good color and no blemishes, then trim the tops and bottoms and peel off any noticeably stringy bits. If any leaves are attached, throw them out — they have a high level of natural toxins and should not be eaten. Rhubarb can be stored in the fridge for up to five days, wrapped in plastic.

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What Do I Do with Ramps?

by in In Season, May 29th, 2016

Spring PizzasIf there is a niche vegetable that garners more controversial attention from the foodie set, it would be hard to name. Still cool? Yesterday’s news? Please. Read more

What Do I Do with Beets?

by in In Season, Recipes, May 15th, 2016

Roasted BeetsIf you believe that cooking beets (sometimes called beetroots) at home is a messy and intimidating undertaking, you are not alone. But they are so wonderfully sweet and versatile, and have such a luxurious, silky texture that it’s worth giving them a second look. Plus, they’re actually easy to prepare. Read more

7 Top-Rated Strawberry Recipes

by in In Season, Recipes, May 8th, 2016

Heart Pancakes with StrawberriesWe’re edging into strawberry season, which means that in warmer parts of the country those fragrant, ruby-hued berries are popping up at the farmers markets, and pick-your-own operations are finally open for business. In cooler areas, we’re relying on supermarket berries for now, but even those are flavorful and juicy at this time of year.

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A Perfect Pair: What to Eat with Rosé

by in Drinks, April 29th, 2016

Rosé WineIf picturing yourself drinking a glass of chilled rosé wine conjures up images of hot summer nights spent outdoors, eating and chatting with friends, there’s a good reason: Rosé was made for warm-weather drinking. Factor in its food-friendly, easy-to-drink nature, along with a generally affordable price tag, and it’s no surprise that rosé is a popular party choice. So when choosing foods to serve with your rosé, it should come as no surprise that spring and summer party fare is just the ticket.

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Why Spring Is the Best Time to Get Kids to Eat Their Veggies

by in Recipes, April 28th, 2016

Garlic Oil Sauteed Pasta with BroccoliIf your kids turn up their noses at the mere sight of their vegetables night after night, do not fear. A bounty of peak-season spring produce is here to change all that. Now that green beans, broccoli and more veggies are at their finest, there’s never been a better time for your kids to learn to love them — and we’ve got just the dishes to make it happen.

Broccoli

Big, bad broccoli gets a bad rep among the little ones, but Melissa d’Arabian’s Garlic Oil Sauteed Pasta with Broccoli will change their minds. Tossing it together with crowd-pleasing pasta is a good way to get some good bites of broccoli in. Plus, you can make this easy, hearty recipe as the main course if you amp up the portions.

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