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The Food Lab's Asparagus Week, Day 3: Asparagus and Spring Vegetable Risotto

I've already gone deep into the science of risotto in the past, so there's no real need to re-tread in already-been-treaded-in waters. What we're here to talk about today is vegetables, in particular, asparagus and morel mushrooms. The two are partners in crime that could give Pinky and The Brain a run for their money in terms of sheer awesomeness, and now's the time of year to get 'em. More

Dinner Tonight: Fava Bean Salad with Toast and Poached Egg

Though it initially looks like a super healthy plate of food, this dish actually reminded me the most of a proper English breakfast. Just think about it: you have your bacon, eggs, tomatoes, peas, toast, and beans (albeit the green kind). Sure, you're missing the sausage, but the feeling is the same. There's a lot of green on this plate, but it's a hearty meal. Just about everything is cooked in some kind fat. More

The Nasty Bits: Sweetbreads

Sweetbreads, though mild in flavor, have an offal-reminiscent flavor somewhat akin to brain. People often describe the texture as "tender" and "creamy"; I would add "marginally juicy." Sweetbreads made from an animal's pancreas and thymus glands (called the "heart sweetbread" and "throat sweetbread," respectively). Heart sweetbreads are usually slightly larger, but they taste the same and are cooked the same way. Serve with fresh vegetables, preferably those that are creamy and nub-like too, like fava beans and peas. More

In Season: Fava Beans

The pale flat seeds of fava beans, while difficult to extract from their pods, are buttery and a bit nutty once cooked. They are versatile and delicious. Here are a few recipes for you to experience them at their best. More

Dinner Tonight: Chicken Casserole with Morels, Fava Beans, and Spring Potatoes

I usually think of roast chicken as a comforting winter meal, especially when served with potatoes that have cooked in all the glorious chicken fat. But there is no doubting that this recipe from Cooking with Daniel Boulud is a spring dish. There is no other time of the year when the combination of morels, fava beans, and small new potatoes would taste so good. More

Broad Beans with Dill Butter

[Photograph: Max Falkowitz] This is one of my go-to spring recipes. While asparagus, morels, and ramps tend to get all the attention, broad (fava) beans languish in obscurity, a shame given their grassy flavor, hearty texture, and the distinction of... More

Cook the Book: Linguine with Fava Beans, Garlic, Tomato & Bread Crumbs

Linguine with Fava Beans, Garlic, Tomato, and Bread Crumbs from The Frankies Spuntino Kitchen Companion & Cooking Manual by Frank Falcinelli and Frank Castronovo is less of a recipe and more of a template for incorporating spring and summer vegetables into a quick and very satisfying pasta. Fresh pasta is great in pretty much any preparation and when you match it with a perfect tomato sauce studded with freshly shelled beans it's pretty hard to beat. More

In Season: Fava Beans

While fava beans are often dried and stored, our favorite recipes make use of the beans in season, when the flesh is tender and the nutty flavor is at its freshest. Here are a few recipes to get you started. More

Cook the Book: Egg Noodles with Fava Beans, Leeks, and Morels

These Egg Noodles with Fava Beans, Leeks, and Morels from Edible: A Celebration of Local Foods by Tracey Ryder and Carole Topalian is a fresh take on pasta primavera for all of us who have relegated the 1980s-popular dish to the dusty halls of dishes that have gone out of fashion. It's a plate of pasta that brings together all of the wonderful vegetal elements of spring and pairs them with just the right amount of butter, cream, and pasta. More

Market Scene: Spring in San Francisco

I live in San Francisco, so let's be honest: it's not like I just survived through a long, hard winter. Not as long and hard as some of you have. Through the shortest days, we still have lettuces and citrus, year-round markets, and quite a variety of fruits and vegetables. But even the heartiest locavores among us get a little weary of butternut squash and stored apples and canned tomatoes. Enter Spring. More

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