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Favorite spring dishes and menus?

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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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  1. 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!

    1. 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.

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

          1. roasted asparagus
            strawberry shortcake with cream biscuits

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

              1. 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. 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...