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Favorite spring dishes and menus?

Glam Foodie Apr 7, 2011 09:28 PM

What are your fool-proof, most delicious spring recipes? My new husband and I are hosting Easter, and we're having another dinner party next week. The farmer's market just opened up for the season, and I'm just dying to go in there with a few menu plans in mind and go wild! (Also, I really want to step it up on breaking in all my registry goodies, and use every single pot and appliance before summer, mwuahaha.) Share anything: appetizers, cocktails, entrees, breakfasts, and, mmm, desserts!

Mine:

Asparagus, Goat Cheese, and Lemon Pasta (Smitten Kitchen/Bon Appetit) http://smittenkitchen.com/2009/05/asp... <--- might have to make this over the weekend! I usually add some fresh cracked black pepper and cooked prawns or chicken

Ina Garten's 'Juice of a Few Flowers' http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/in... <---- gorgeous cocktail

Nigella Lawson's Chocolate and Raspberry Pavlova http://www.nigella.com/recipes/view/c... <---- instant guest pleaser, may do this for Easter!

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    eatswjoy RE: Glam Foodie Apr 8, 2011 10:57 AM

    I don't have a special recipe for a party but my favorite spring veg from the farmer's market are baby patty pan squash. They are cute, delicious and unusual. I cut them lengthwise (like a hamburger bun) and saute them in butter until tender crisp.

    Best wishes on your new marriage!

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      LJS RE: Glam Foodie Apr 8, 2011 12:26 PM

      Artichokes: and as they are the tiny spring ones, you don't need to de-choke them before cooking. I love them simply steamed, served with lemon-y garlic butter.

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        dfrostnh RE: Glam Foodie Apr 9, 2011 03:03 AM

        This week we had Maple-Dijon oven baked chicken with parsnip risotto and a side of asparagus. The maple syrup was local. The parsnips came out of our garden. Spring is here!

        1. roxlet RE: Glam Foodie Apr 9, 2011 05:16 AM

          Asparagus parmesan souffle or anything with artichokes. Soon the soft shell crabs will be available, and I can't get enough of them.

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            magiesmom RE: Glam Foodie Apr 9, 2011 06:51 AM

            roasted asparagus
            strawberry shortcake with cream biscuits

            1. Paprikaboy RE: Glam Foodie Apr 10, 2011 07:31 AM

              Chicken breast poached in chicken stock with fennel bulb, peas and baby carrots.
              Very light and and clean flavours.

              1. THewat RE: Glam Foodie Apr 10, 2011 08:25 AM

                Ramps, if you're somewhere they are in season. I look forward to them all year. The young greens are great sauteed & outstanding in eggs; I pickle the bulbs & serve them with good bread & cheese.

                1. krissywats RE: Glam Foodie Apr 10, 2011 04:12 PM

                  One of my all time favorites. I never bother with the tea smoked chicken, I just saute some chicken with salt and pepper, let it cool, and then shred it. The flavors are lovely and unexpected.

                  http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/foo...

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