Spring Recipes

Spring Green Minestrone

Apr 18, 2013
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Serves 4-6



2 tablespoons olive oil

1 onion, diced

2 cloves of garlic, minced

2 quarts chicken stock

1 cup dried macaroni

1 15 oz can cannellini beans

½ lb. asparagus, tips trimmed, cut into 1-inch pieces

½ cup frozen peas

10 oz fresh spinach, roughly chopped



Freshly grated parmesan

¼ cup fresh basil, cut into chiffonade



1. Heat oil in large sauce pan. Add onions, sauté 2-3 minutes. Add garlic, sauté until fragrant.


2. Add chicken stock and bring to a boil. Add macaroni and reduce heat to simmer. Cook 6-7 minutes, add beans, asparagus and peas. Cook 2-3 minutes or until asparagus is tender.


3. Add spinach and stir in until it wilts. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Top with parmesan and basil.



Strawberry Shortcake

Oct 3, 2012
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Serves 8



2 quarts ripe strawberries, washed and quartered

1/2 cup fresh orange juice

4 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 cup sugar

2 tablespoons baking powder

Pinch (1/16 teaspoon) kosher salt

1/2 cup cold butter (1 stick), cut into chunks

1 cup well-shaken buttermilk

1/2 cup cream, plus more for brushing

Finely grated zest from one lemon



1. Macerate the strawberries in the orange juice. Set aside.


2. In large bowl, sift together the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Use pastry cutter or fork to blend in butter until mixture resembles coarse meal.


3. In medium bowl, whisk together buttermilk and cream, then whisk in lemon zest. Add liquid mixture to dry mixture, stirring with fork just until dough forms.


4. Turn dough out onto floured work surface and knead gently just until dough holds together, about 10 turns. Place dough on plate, cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate until well chilled, at least 30 minutes.


5. Preheat oven to 400°F. On floured work surface, pat out dough to 1/2-inch-thick round. Using 3-inch cutter, cut out biscuits. Transfer to ungreased baking sheet. Bake until golden brown, 15 to 18 minutes, then transfer to rack to cool.


6. Whip cream until foamy.


7. Split the biscuits as you would an English muffin. Place on a plates. Spoon some berries and juice over the bottoms, top with whipped cream and replace the biscuit tops.


Strawberry Rhubarb Compote

Oct 3, 2012
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Serves 8



2 pounds rhubarb stalks, leaves removed, cut into ½-inch pieces

1 quart strawberries, diced

1/2 cup sugar



1. In a saucepan, combine rhubarb pieces with sugar over low heat. Stir frequently as it starts to cook, making sure the sugar doesn’t burn.


2. Add strawberries as rhubarb begins to cook down.


3. When strawberries have almost cooked down, remove from heat.


4. Taste for sweetness. Let cool.


Pear, Yogurt, and Granola Parfait

Oct 3, 2012
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Serves 12



1/3 cup dried apricots

1/3-cup dates

1/3 cup dried apple rings

3 cups rolled oats

1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut

1 cup sunflower seeds

1/3 cup dried unsweetened cranberries

1/3 to1/2 cup maple syrup

¼ to 1/3-cup canola oil

1-quart plain yogurt

6 ripe pears, halved, cored, and chopped



1. Preheat the oven to 325° F for 30minutes. Meanwhile, chop the apricots, dates, and apple rings. Also chop the pears.


2. In a large bowl mix the oats, coconut, sunflower seeds, and flax seeds. Working in batches if necessary, spread this granola base evenly on a baking sheet. Toast for 15minutes.


3. Transfer the granola base back into the mixing bowl and toss it well with the maple syrup and canola oil. Return the mix to the baking sheet, spreading it out evenly again. Bake for another 15 minutes. Let cool. Transfer the granola base back to the mixing bowl and add the apricots, dates, apple rings, and cranberries.


4. Assemble the parfait. Working in layers, add 2 tablespoons each granola, yogurt, and chopped pears to your parfait glass. Repeat layers once more, and top with a sprinkling of granola.


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