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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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. […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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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