Celebrate new seasons with the vegetables and fruits they promise to deliver. For us in Northern California spring means a lot of lovely asparagus (I developed a simple recipe around asparagus, check that out here) , strawberries, chard, cauliflower, kale, and lemons. Here are four fun ways to celebrate spring with in-season produce:
Simple roasted veggies: By far the easiest way to celebrate in-season vegetables is to chop them up, dress them with a little olive oil or ghee, sprinkle with salt and pepper, and bake them for 20-30 minutes at 375F. For veggies like chard and kale, they taste great de-ribbed and sautéed over medium-low heat on the stovetop. Squeeze half a fresh lemon over everything!
Go say hi to your local farmer: Break out of your winter shell and mosey on over to your local farmers market. Check out the seasonal produce, introduce yourself to a farmer, ask them for their suggestions, load up on a week’s worth of produce, try some new vegetables while you’re at it, and consider signing up for a CSA (community supported agriculture) box.
Juice please! Take advantage of late-season citrus like lemons and oranges and make lemonade or squeeze yourself a tall glass of orange juice. Add a pinch of salt to enhance the citrusy flavor.
Celebrate with friends: Invite your friends over for a spring brunch to toast in the season. Serve scrambled local eggs, freshly squeezed OJ (why not, go ahead and make mimosas too), roasted cauliflower, a simple kale salad dressed (olive oil, flaky salt, & lemon), a basket full of strawberries with a side of whipped cream, and crusty sourdough bread with pats of butter. Keep the table decorations simple: a narrow mouthed glass jar with two or three long stemmed flowers.
Author: Divya Pahwa
Author Bio: Divya Pahwa is a recipe developer, a butter enthusiast, and wellness advocate. Her thoughts on food, nourishment, health, and fat can be found at www.butterandghee.com. She has been passionate about food and cooking since she was seven years old. Divya is currently living in San Francisco, California.
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