Asparagus & Mint Pesto

Makes approximately 2½ cups
Ingredients
1 bunch asparagus, ends trimmed (½ inch off only) and chopped
½ cup fresh mint leaves, stems removed and chopped
2 teaspoons lemon zest
2 tablespoons lemon juice
¼ cup raw almonds
½ cup extra virgin olive oil
1½ teaspoons salt
Directions
Place all ingredients, except the oil, in food processor and pulse until chopped pretty fine. With the processor [...]

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Asparagus and Ramp Zeppole with Minted Honey

Makes 20-30 small zeppole
Ingredients
1 pound fresh ricotta, drained
3 eggs, beaten
1 teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
3 teaspoons baking powder
1 cup flour
1 cup shaved and chopped asparagus
½ cup ramps, chopped fine
¼ cup fresh mint leaves, chopped
Oil for frying
Minted Chili Honey*
Directions
In a large bowl whisk together the ricotta, eggs, salt, cayenne pepper, baking powder and flour until combined. [...]

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Asparagus Salad with Mimosa and White Wine Vinaigrette

Serves 4
INGREDIENTS
1 pound thin asparagus, 1 inch trimmed from the bottoms
Sea salt or kosher salt
4½ teaspoons white wine vinegar
1 tablespoon minced scallion (white part only)
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
1⁄8 teaspoon honey
4½ teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
Freshly ground black pepper
Mimosa (optional)
1 hard-cooked egg
1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh chives
DIRECTIONS
Fill a bowl with water and ice. If you have time, [...]

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Asparagus Spear & Wild Mushroom Pilaf

Serves 6-8
Ingredients
1 tablespoon butter
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 medium yellow onion, chopped small
1 medium shallot, chopped small
1 cup mixed fresh wild mushrooms (morels, chanterelles, etc)
Pinch of freshly ground nutmeg
1 cup asparagus spears, ends trimmed
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
½ cup white wine
¼ cup vegetable stock
1 cup brown rice, cooked
1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped
1 tablespoon fresh lemon [...]

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Creamy Asparagus Soup

Serves 6-8
Ingredients
3 tablespoons butter
1 medium yellow onion, chopped
1 medium shallot, chopped
2 cups asparagus stems
1 tablespoon fresh lemon thyme leaves
4 cups vegetable broth (preferably onion-herb or neutral based)
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1 tablespoon lemon juice
½ cup heavy cream
Salt
Black pepper
Directions
In a large skillet, over medium high heat, add butter. Cook the onions and shallots for a few minutes [...]

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Fritto Misto of Ramps, Asparagus and Fiddleheads with Citrus Mint Aioli

Serves 6

Ingredients

4 cups canola oil
2 cups all-purpose flour
¼ cup cornstarch
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
Zest of 1 lemon
Zest of 1 lime
½- 1 cup ice cold club soda, diluted with 2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 ½ to 2 pounds mixed fiddleheads, ramps (or green onions) and asparagus, cleaned and dried
Maldon salt, to season
Citrus Mint [...]

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Mushroom Herb Asparagus Risotto

Risottos are an Italian delight!

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Panko Crusted Asparagus Spears with Citrus Aioli

Serves 8
Ingredients
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons citrus champagne vinegar
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon salt
2 bunches (about 12 pieces per) asparagus, ends trimmed
1 cup white Japanese-style breadcrumbs (Panko)
Directions
Preaheat oven to 450°F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. In a small mixing bowl, whisk together the lemon juice, vinegar, olive [...]

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Perfectly Steamed Asparagus with Citrus-Garlic Salt Butter

Serves 6
Ingredients
1 pound (about 30-40 medium spears) fresh green asparagus, ends trimmed
1 teaspoons lemon zest, plus 2 teaspoons extra
Salt
¼ cup butter
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 cloves garlic, chopped superfine
1 teaspoon lime zest
1 teaspoon orange zest
1 teaspoon coarse salt
Maldon salt
Directions
Bring 2 inches of water in a large skillet to a rapid boil. Toss in 1 teaspoon of [...]

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Pickled Asparagus with Mint & Lemon

Makes 1 bunch pickled asparagus

In a world where dinner parties, picnics, holiday & religious gatherings, and lazy Sundays still prevail, a beautiful glass jar of homemade pickled vegetables or fruits makes a unique and thoughtful gift.

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Raw Asparagus & Arugula Salad

Serves 6
INGREDIENTS
1 bunch asparagus, sliced at an angle
1 bunch arugula or rocolla (about 2-3 cups) chopped
½ cup parmesan, grated finely
¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
3 tablespoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon salt
Ground black pepper
DIRECTIONS
In a large mixing bowl, combine the asparagus, arugula and parmesan, and mix well. Drizzle the olive oil [...]

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Roasted Spring Vegetable Salsa and Whole Wheat Chips

Makes 2-3 cups salsa
Ingredients

2 cloves garlic, chopped fine
2 small spring onions, chopped fine
½ cup fennel bulb, chopped fine
1 red bell pepper, deseeded and chopped fine
3 spears of asparagus, chopped fine
½ cup fresh peas
½ cup carrots, chopped fine
¼ cup fresh parsley leaves, chopped fine
½ cup fresh mint leaves, chopped fine
1 tablespoon chopped chives, chopped fine
2 tablespoons [...]

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Spring Asparagus & Mint Pesto with Chive Blossoms & Smoked Gouda

Makes 2 ½ cups pesto

Ingredients
1 bunch asparagus, ends trimmed (½ inch off only) and chopped
½ cup fresh mint leaves, stems removed and chopped
2 teaspoons lemon zest
2 tablespoons lemon juice
¼ cup raw almonds
½ cup extra virgin olive oil
1½ teaspoons salt
Baguette
Smoked gouda
Chive blossoms

Directions
Place all ingredients, [...]

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Spring Spelt Ratatouille With Roasted Tomato Sauce

Serves 8

Ingredients

Olive oil
6 cloves garlic, chopped coarsely
2 medium spring onions, chopped fine
1 tablespoon lemon zest
1 medium carrot, chopped medium
1 medium fennel bulb, sliced thinly
1 cup snap peas
1 cup asparagus spears
½ cup fresh fava beans (shelled, cooked and subskins removed)
1 tablespoon salt
1 tablespoon black pepper, cracked finely
1 teaspoon red chili flakes (optional)
¼ cup of each [...]

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Spring Vegetable Minestrone with Herb Pesto

Serves 6
INGREDIENTS
For spring vegetable minestrone
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 yellow onion, chopped small
3 cloves garlic, chopped fine
6 cups vegetable stock
1 tablespoon fresh thyme, chopped fine
3 carrots, chopped medium
3 celery ribs, chopped medium
5 asparagus stalks, trimmed and cut into ½-inch pieces
1 cup green beans, trimmed and cut into ½-inch pieces
1 cup fresh English peas
1 (15 oz) can [...]

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Spring Vegetable Minestrone with Herb Pesto

Serves 6
Ingredients
For spring vegetable minestrone
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 yellow onion, chopped small
3 cloves garlic, chopped fine
6 cups vegetable stock
1 tablespoon fresh thyme, chopped fine
3 carrots, chopped medium
3 celery ribs, chopped medium
5 asparagus stalks, trimmed and cut into ½-inch pieces
1 cup green beans, trimmed and cut into ½-inch pieces
1 cup fresh English peas
1 (15 oz) can [...]

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Spring Vegetable Salad

Serves 4
Ingredients
2 pounds beets
1 fresh bay leaf
4 spears asparagus, cut into 1-inch spears
1 orange, segmented, juices reserved
1 small red onion, half moons
1 pound thick-cut bacon, cut into ¼ inch lardon (optional)
8 ounces baby arugula
½ teaspoon spring garlic, minced
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 sprigs thyme
Directions
In a stock pot, place beets, bay leaf and one sprig [...]

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Steamed Asparagus with Citrus Salt & Olive Oil

Serves 4-6

Ingredients

1 pound (abut 30-40 medium spears) fresh green asparagus, ends trimmed
1 teaspoons lemon zest, plus 2 teaspoons extra
Salt
¼ cup olive oil
2 cloves garlic, chopped superfine
1 teaspoon lime zest
1 teaspoon orange zest
1 teaspoon coarse salt
1 tablespoon maldon salt

Directions

Bring 2 inches of water in a large skillet to a rapid boil. Toss in 1 teaspoon of [...]

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Tofu and Asparagus Spears With Fresh Herbs, Ginger & Lemon Zest

You can put virtually anything in a foil packet dinner – whatever inspires you at the market or in your ‘fridge. To get your creative juices flowing, here’s a few ideas to play around with. Simple and delicious!

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