The Freshness of Spring Vegetables

If you live in a cold climate, you have to rely on spring and summer for your local fresh vegetables. Here are some quick, healthy and easy recipes to celebrate the onset of spring from Fine Cooking.

#1     Quick Braised Baby Artichokes with Garlic, Mint and Parsley
This classic Roman dish includes two of the artichoke’s best friends: fresh herbs and lemon juice. Its simplicity requires the freshest artichokes you can find.

#2      Spring Vegetable Ragout with Fresh Pasta
This quick pasta is spring incarnate: fresh baby vegetables and their tender shoots, delicate pasta, and a light, brothy sauce.
#3        Sugar Snap Peas and Carrots with Lemon, Mint and Dill

Forget that bag of frozen peas and square carrots in the freezer section of the market. Spring is all about eating the freshest vegetables you can grow or pick up at the farmers’ market.

#4      Salad of Roast Chicken and Spring Vegetables
This dinner salad features warm, succulent slices of roasted chicken breasts, baby carrots, and tender asparagus over delicate fresh greens, shaved fennel, and herbs in a citrusy dressing. It’s the perfect dish for spring entertaining or Sunday supper.
#5        Asparagus and Spinach Soup with Roasted Garlic Custards
This elegant soup is a perfect spring first course. Creamy garlic-imbued custards lend rich flavor and texture.

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