Thursday, April 10, 2014

Springtime in the Kitchen

Ok, I'm finally calling it! It's SPRING in New England! This week I've seen the first little shoots of green leaves poking out of the ground, and bulbs are about to start blooming! What a relief and a joyous feeling after such a long winter! While I love cooking hearty stews and casseroles with a glorious amount of cheese in the winter, springtime cooking is so exciting and refreshing. Bust out your green peas, your asparagus, your fresh herbs, your fiddlehead ferns, your fava beans, your arugula, all things vibrant and green, and celebrate! Here are some recipes that I'm finding inspiring!

Cilantro Lime Skirt Steak with Chimichurri Sauce
Sometimes I think cilantro and lime are my love language. It just might be the perfect combination. And since I have a batch of chimichurri in the freezer, this recipe has me itching to wake up the grill from hibernation! 
(photo from Married Claire)

Minty Pea and Arugula Wonton Ravioli 
So pretty and fresh and green! This would be a fun project with friends or a special someone!

Asparagus with Eggs and Parmesan
How gorgeous is this salad? It looks like spring on a plate.

Sweet Potato, Quinoa, and Cotija Salad
We made this for dinner last night, and it's just as amazing as it looks. Please make it as soon as possible.
(photo from Love and Lemons)

Spring Salad of Asparagus, Ramps, and Peas with Poached Egg and Lemon Zest Vinaigrette
I love how a poached egg elevates something simple into an elegant meal. This is just lovely.

Asparagus-Stuffed Eggs
Are deviled eggs healthier if there's asparagus involved? Definitely. At least that's what I'll tell myself if I down too many of these in one sitting.
(photo from Smitten Kitchen)

This recipe is a favorite of ours thanks to the buttery croutons, flaky smoked salmon, and creamy avocado! Joy the Baker will never lead you astray.
(photo from Joy the Baker)

 Baked Halibut with Chimichurri
A simple, light recipe made even simpler thanks to a few batches of chimichurri in the freezer. We made this a couple nights ago with cod and loved it! 
 (photo from Anjali Prasertong of The Kitchn)

Prosciutto-Wrapped Asparagus Bundles
Beautiful, impressive side dish that is a cinch to make. We've also made these in foil packets on the grill with great success!
(photo from Gina's Skinny Taste)

Pimm's Cup
Last but not least, the unofficial cocktail of perfect sunny spring afternoons. Cheers!
(photo from Barbara Kiebel of Creative Culinary)

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