Valentine's Day and the Super Bowl seemed like yesterday, but in reality, St. Patrick's Day and March Madness are just around the corner. With the third month of the year, we're officially kicking off our Spring coverage. To ring it in, I've compiled 10 dishes that are getting us pumped for the new season.
Searching for an interesting and unexpected meal to feed your family? Look no further than this shrimp and noodle stir-fry. It comes together in less time than it takes to order out and is full of flavor and textures. The shrimp is tossed with bell peppers, pea pods, bok choy, and green onions before being coated in a simple sauce made from hoisin and orange juice. Use the recipe as a guide and substitute in tofu, mushrooms, broccoli, or whatever veggies you have on hand. To get the details, keep reading.
With the poison potential packed into some veggies, it's good to keep up on the safe list of human food OKed for pets. Now, I've raved about frozen carrot bits in the past, but equally good are lil frozen peas.
The green circles work well as tiny training treats — they're small and easy to digest, but still better (calorie-wise) than using the same number of most doggie yums. Next time you're getting your dog to sit, lie down, or shake, trying asking with some pretty peas, please.
Brighten up the middle of your week with an exotic meal inspired by the cuisine of Singapore. This recipe combines everyday ingredients — shrimp, onions, peas, and ham — with Asian elements like rice noodles, fish sauce, and curry powder.
The resulting dish is complex, delicious, and wildly flavorful. Trust me, your family will be fully content while slurping on these noodles, so learn the method and read more
It's almost July, and the palatable parties just keep coming. If you're a wine enthusiast, head over to Pinot Days or the Telluride Wine Festival. Beer more your thing? Throw back some sake bombs at the Beer & Sake Festival, or hit up the Colorado Brewfest. Here in Fog City, the Best of the Bay looks to be one heck of a soirée. What happenings are you hitting up?
If you know of anything that's been left off the list, please go ahead and chime in below!
- Sedona, AZ: Dine in Sedona Restaurant Fest — June 23-30
- Hampton, SC: Hampton County Watermelon Festival — June 23-28
- Gettysburg, PA: Gettysburg Festival — June 23-28
- Portsmouth, NH: Taste of the Nation Portsmouth — June 24
- London, OH: London Strawberry Festival — June 24-27
- San Francisco, CA: Pinot Days — June 24-28
- Wisconsin Rapids, WI: Cranberry Blossom Festival — June 24-28
- San Diego, CA: Beer & Sake Festival — June 25
- Milwaukee, WI: The 2009 Big Taste — June 25
- San Francisco, CA: Best of the Bay — June 25
- Ft. Lauderdale, FL: Taste of the Nation South Florida — June 25
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Salmon is remarkably versatile and can be cooked to perfection in a multitude of different ways, from roasting to searing to grilling. One of my favorite ways to prepare this pink-fleshed fish is by poaching it in water until it's just barely cooked through, which results in an ultra-moist piece of seafood.
Work a savory salmon dinner into your hectic schedule tonight by adding leftover fillets to an already-simmering pot of rice. Cooking multiple elements of a dish together simultaneously not only saves time, but it also saves resources like water and energy. Bring together this one-pot dinner in under 30 minutes when you read more
Livening up your Monday night meals doesn't have to mean dedicating more time to dinner. Case in point: A Spring salad that tosses leftover asparagus and sugar snap peas with farro.
A nutrient-rich Italian grain with a nutty flavor and a satisfyingly chewy texture, farro can be found in most specialty stores and takes as much time to cook as pasta. Broaden your culinary repertoire when you read more
For dinner tonight, opt for a straightforward meal that won't have you spinning wheels. Take advantage of market-fresh items like asparagus and sugar snap peas to make a healthy yet hearty vegetarian noodle stir-fry.
Apple cider vinegar and fresh ginger add zing, while a handful of walnuts add meatiness and crunch. To put this on the table in under half an hour, read more
Although balmier weather and longer days clue me in to Spring, the season doesn't officially begun until the day I spot fresh garden peas at the farmers market. Although I take advantage of frozen peas to enjoy the legumes year-round, there's simply nothing that can replace the toothsome snap of a freshly-shelled English pea.
English peas — also known as shell peas and garden peas — enjoy a short-lived season during late Spring and early Summer, and are at their best in May. For peas that are sweet and crisp, start by looking for shiny, firm, brightly-colored pods that feel swollen and heavy. When cooking with English peas, buy much more than you think you will need, as one pound of peas will only equate to roughly one cup of shelled peas. While it's ideal to eat garden peas as soon as they're picked, they can keep for up to three days when wrapped tightly and placedin the coolest part of the refrigerator. For more pointers on preparing them, read more
While many people celebrate Easter over brunch, my family gathers together for a late lunch/early dinner. Since both Spring and Easter are about rebirth, serve a menu that highlights seasonal ingredients. Start with smashed peas and mint on crisp bruschetta. For the entree, offer guests a juicy leg of lamb roasted with garlic and rosemary and topped with a red wine reduction.
Traditional steamed artichokes get a modern makeover when paired with a quick tarragon mayonnaise. Luxuriously creamy scalloped potatoes with Parmesan cheese and thyme round out the rich holiday menu. To savor these dishes, get the recipes when you read more