Spring

Sticky-Sweet Sugar Snap Peas

This simple side dish adds Asian flair to any meal. These sugar snaps are delicious hot out of the pan or at room temperature for lunch the next day. Mirin is a sweet wine made from glutinous rice that’s a staple of Japanese cooking.

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Radish and Feta Flatbread

This is based on a bar snack Alison spotted while, well, sitting at the counter at a local wine bar watching the bartender turn out quick pizza-like snacks with lavash (a type of Armenian flatbread), a variety of toppings and a toaster oven.

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Sauteed Spring Mushrooms

Use any combo of wild spring mushrooms you find for this simple saute—porcini, shiitake, oyster, morel, hedgehog, etc. Or add creminis (brown mushrooms) to the mix.

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Romaine & Chicken Salad with Blue Cheese Dressing

We like to think of this as the warm-weather version of our popular Spring Vegetable Roast or Winter Ratatouille. Use any combo of veggies you like—you’ll need a total of about 2 pounds. These are delicious on their own or drizzled with Rustic Summer Herb Pesto. (A grill basket is one of our favorite summertime pieces of equipment.)

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Italian Migas with Chard and Sausage

Inspired by the Spanish dish of the same name, our migas combine day-old bread, leftover greens, eggs and sausage for a hearty one-pan dinner—or breakfast (but not to be confused with the Tex-Mex version using leftover tortillas or tortilla chips).

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Strawberry-Rhubarb Crostata

One of my mom’s springtime standards is strawberry-rhubarb pie. Here’s my take in a rustic crostata. In any form, rhubarb’s tart taste is a perfect foil to sweet strawberries.

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Grilled Chicken Paillard

Grilled Chicken Paillards

Chicken paillards are really just pounded-thin chicken breasts. They work great on the grill because they cook up quickly and evenly. These get an added punch of flavor from a quick paste applied before grilling.

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No-Crust Asparagus Quiche

This no-crust quiche is a quickie you can bust out at the last minute on those nights when you don’t have time for much more. It really focuses on the vegetables with just enough custard to hold it all together (very “nourishing!”). Leftovers are a treat reheated for breakfast or lunch another day.

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