Tagged: spring

Ramp Garlic Bread

Ramp Garlic Bread

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Every spring I experience the same single sleepless night.  I am always on the go so much that I don’t have trouble falling asleep. It only takes a few minutes with my head on the

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Ingredients
  • 1 bunch of ramps (about 7), trimmed, whites and leaves separated
  • 1/4 cup walnuts
  • 1/2 ounce grated Parmesan plus more for garnish
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt plus more for seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper plus more for seasoning
  • 1/3 cup olive oil plus more for drizzling
  • 1 round loaf crusty bread, sliced
  • 1/2 pound fresh mozzarella, thinly sliced
Pistachio-Crusted Goat Cheese Strawberry Salad

Pistachio-Crusted Goat Cheese Strawberry Salad

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Not a day goes by when I don’t consume cheese or nuts. That doesn’t mean they’re always together on the same plate. Whether sipping a peanut-butter-spiked smoothie in the morning or snacking on cheese-topped crackers,

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Ingredients
  • For goat cheese
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 cup finely chopped shelled unsalted pistachios
  • 1-8 ounce log goat cheese, sliced crosswise in 1/4-inch thick rounds
Spring Veggie Paella

Spring Veggie Paella

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Second to the olive bar, the bulk section is my favorite part of the grocery. How great is it that you can buy only as much as you need for a specific recipe? I was

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Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 small white onion, roughly chopped
  • 1/4 cup chopped pimientos
  • 1 tomato, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1-1/4 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric
  • 2 cups barley
Parmesan Roasted Lemon Garlic Asparagus

Parmesan Roasted Lemon Garlic Asparagus

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I can’t consume enough asparagus right now because it makes me hopeful that someday soon it will actually feel like spring. Asparagus is the kickoff to the joy that is spring produce and outdoor farmers

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Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 garlic clove minced with a grater
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 pound asparagus, ends trimmed
  • 1/4 cup whole-wheat panko breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan plus more for serving
Roasted Radish Salad

Roasted Radish Salad

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Radishes are veggies that deserve more love. Too often they are used just as a garnish or an accessory on something because of their reliable crunch, but they have personality on their own. Radishes are

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Ingredients
  • For radishes
  • 2 bunches Easter egg radishes
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
Asparagus Pea Soup

Asparagus Pea Soup

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I overheard someone say she’d already packed up and stashed away all her winter gear. That was over a month ago! At the time I couldn’t decide whether she was crazy optimistic or just plain

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Ingredients
  • 1 pound asparagus, trimmed 
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 small white onion, roughly chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 generous handful baby spinach
  • 1-1/2 cups frozen peas
Asparagus, Cannellini Bean & Sourdough Salad

Asparagus, Cannellini Bean & Sourdough Salad

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Last Friday I had trouble sleeping. It wasn’t because my mind was racing with anxiety or nerves. Nope. It was actually just pure excitement. I couldn’t contain myself. Saturday morning was the official start of

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Ingredients
  • 6 ounces sourdough bread, torn into rough pieces
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt plus more for serving
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper plus more for serving
  • 1/2 pound asparagus, bottom ends trimmed
  • 3/4 cup canned cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 scallion, thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh chives
Broccoli Flatbread

Broccoli Flatbread

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My son loves to ask me what is my favorite color. Since he was a young toddler before he could speak in full sentences, he would say purple, and that still is his answer now.

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Ingredients
  • 2/3 cup warm water
  • 1/2 teaspoon active dry yeast
  • 1/2 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil plus more for bowl
  • 1 cup bread flour plus more for work surface
  • 1/2 cup whole-wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 pound broccoli florets
Green Minestrone Soup

Green Minestrone Soup

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I know spring is official when these two trees in our neighborhood start to bud. They have the most delicate beautiful pink blossoms that are different from the other trees on the street. It seems

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Ingredients
  • 6 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 leek, white and pale-green parts only, finely chopped
  • 1/2 small white onion, finely chopped
  • 1 celery stalk, thinly slices
  • 4 cups low sodium vegetable or chicken broth
  • 2 small carrots, peeled and thinly sliced lengthwise with a mandolin
  • 1 cup shelled peas, fresh or frozen
  • Kosher salt and black pepper
Asian Chicken Salad

Asian Chicken Salad

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Fresh flowers are my new weekly shopping habit. I’ve been “splurging” on the cheapest supermarket blooms. It’s amazing what you can find under $10 a bunch. With flowers and spring veggies at home, our kitchen

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