It’s above degrees and the grass is green – here in Minnesota! Usually we’re buried under snow, or there is at least a grey, frozen thing going on with melting piles of dirty snow. When it’s this warm, it’s spring, whether it happens in March or May.
Another sign of spring? Asparagus shows up at the grocery store! Artichokes follow. Best of all, they become reasonably priced.
We feel, too, like going outside more. People drive crazy, with loud radio and much singing. Wearing sunglasses.
And most of all, my menus lighten up. Funny thing is, I always wish this time of year I had made more stews and braises over the long winters, but there’s always next year, right?
Always looking for new recipes using Kale, I came across these little Shrimp and Kale bundles. A few simple ingredients in a fancy package, what caught me by surprise was how incredibly, indescribably fantastic these are. This recipe has more than just looks, the bundles seal in and intensify the flavors.
Tuna Cakes (crab cake’s lesser cousins) are beautifully browned and crunchy on the outside, soft and creamy inside and bursting with flavor. Even my son, a notoriously picky eater when it comes to fish, eats these little gems with no problem. These are just as good made with Salmon.
Quiche is one of those dishes that has you covered any time…it goes from breakfast to brunch, to lunch and even to dinner with ease. There’s nothing like it when you’re snowed in and want a casual meal in front of the fire, but it’s just as good on a balmy afternoon on the deck.
Old-Fashioned Butterscotch (or Caramel) is one of my favorite things – I love the way it drizzles out of the jar in a golden buttery waterfall, hits the cold ice cream, then slides, slowly, over the creamy mound, pooling at the bottom of the bowl.
The slightly sweet, slightly tart apple brings out the best in pork, and a child, we often had applesauce with our pork chops. Sometimes we had stuffing with our pork chops (raise your hand if your Mom jumped on the Stove Top Stuffing when it was introduced in 1972.) It’s safe to say, though, we never had a gorgeous dinner like Apple Glazed Stuffed Pork Chops.