Tender, grassy, and sweet, asparagus is a true marker of the triumphant arrival of spring. The stalks are at their best when freshly picked, in-season, and as local as possible since transportation and time are hard on the vegetable. We've got lots of tips to help you select the right bunch; once you've found one to your liking, the options are vast. You can braise or broil it, throw it on the grill, turn it into soups or shave it into a light and refreshing salad. Here are 20 recipes to get you started!
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This four-course meal looks fancy and tastes delicious, but that's just part of the good news: each of these dishes can be made in under an hour from start to finish, and all of them can be made simultaneously. In other words, with a little planning and prep work, you can have a full guest-worthy spread on the table without breaking a sweat.
The weather's warming up and you need rosé. But not all pink wines are created equal: some are dark and juicy, others are pale, fresh, and lean. Some go with salads, others suggest you throw some burgers on the grill. Here are our current favorite bottles.
Sichuan cuisine is famous for its stir-fried lamb, combining the hot and tingly flavors of Sichuan peppercorns and dried red chilies with plenty of cumin and other spices. So we asked ourselves, why not take those very same flavors and rub them all over a glorious roast leg of lamb? The results were phenomenal.
Versatile and inexpensive, carrots are one of my go-to kitchen staples. They keep well and taste great raw or cooked; you can juice them, blend them into a soup, roast, grill, or sauté them, and even make them into a dessert. But while carrots of some kind or another are available year-round, fresh spring carrots are especially worth seeking out. From bright, crunchy salads to sweet, slow-cooked sides, we've got 15 recipes to make the most of the season.
The often maligned oily bluefish is transformed into a crowd-pleasing main dish with little more than a lime- and chili-spiked aioli, for a satisfying dinner that's ready in less than 20 minutes.
A rich and juicy fish that's almost impossible to cook to the point of dryness, bluefish is practically custom-built for simple preparations like this one, where it's rubbed with a lime- and chile-spiked aioli, roasted until tender, then quickly broiled until browned on top. It's so easy, you can have it on the table in under 30 minutes.
Lent is over, the anniversary of the resurrection is upon us, and it's finally spring! In other words, it's time to celebrate. Whether your family does an Easter lunch, brunch, or dinner, we've got a four-course seasonal menu expressly engineered for maximum satisfaction. I'm talking fresh new spring greens, a choice between some mighty fine looking lamb and ham, and the cheesiest, creamiest potato gratin you ever did see.
This cocktail pays homage to both the egg and the colorful arrival of spring. It begins with lemongrass, which offers a more subdued grassy and just-bloomed floral flavor than the punchy citrus we've been eating all winter. Vodka provides a neutral backdrop so the lemongrass can shine.
Deep fried artichokes may be one of the best examples of the Roman-Jewish mastery of deep frying techniques. Shatteringly crisp outside, tender within, and as pop-able as potato chips, this is the way we should all usher in spring.
Deep-fried artichokes may be one of the best examples of the Roman-Jewish mastery of deep frying techniques. Shatteringly crisp outside, tender within, and as pop-able as potato chips, this is the way we all should usher in spring.
Artichokes look like the armored tanks of the vegetable world—an impenetrable defense of shield-like leaves and thorny tips. But with the right tools and know-how, it's easy to get them ready for eating. Here are three ways to trim them: all the way down to the heart, minimally for steaming, and also for the classic Roman-Jewish dish carciofi alla giudia.
Spring is in the air! Can you feel it? Because...I can't, not yet anyway. Luckily, I can see it, mainly in the form of fresh young produce on my supermarket shelves. It may not be picnic weather just yet, but the first tender asparagus and sweet peas are just starting to return to our tables, and in my book that's reason enough to celebrate. Here's a four-course brunch menu to get you started.
Nothing beats the plump, juicy strawberries you can get once spring hits. Here are 18 of our favorite ways to eat them as dessert.
Spring isn't just the time to load up on asparagus, artichokes, and peas; most herbs start their growing season with the warm weather. Looking for new ways to use them? How about incorporating them into dessert.
This simple pea-and-asparagus frittata is a quintessential spring dish that's as perfect for breakfast as it is a light lunch, snack or dinner. Served with a bright, fresh salad that's flavored with fresh mint and shaved asparagus, it becomes a quick and easy meal in its own right.
This warm one-pot farro salad is loaded with tender spring peas and asparagus, along with heartier ingredients like kale and crunchy almonds. Tossed with a tangy lemon-mustard vinaigrette and briny feta cheese, it's a healthy dish that celebrates of the transition from winter to spring.
Crisp-crusted, with salty bits of crackling fat and a moist, pink, juicy interior, a boneless roasted leg of lamb is one of those spring treats that makes me wish winter came more than once a year just so we'd have more excuses to cook it. I'm not sure exactly when lamb became associated with Easter, but I'd like to thank the person who made it happen (it baffles me how little lamb we eat in this country compared to the Big Three meats).
After a long, hard winter, spring is finally here. Ready to head to the market and stock up on the bounty of fresh produce? We've pulled together ten of our favorite salads to make the most of spring's vegetables. See 'em all after the jump!
Roasted fennel and arugula meet chewy, nutty grains in a warm salad accented with prosciutto and cheese.