Mediterranean Spinach and Bean Salad

Mediterranean Spinach and Bean Salad Recipe - Andrea Meyers

A few weeks ago, after a good treadmill workout at the gym, I stopped in the café to grab a quick and healthy smoothie for lunch. They had some prepared salads in the cooler and I stopped to check out the selection, and this bean and spinach salad caught my eye. I adore garbanzo beans… 

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Asparagus Risotto

Asparagus Risotto - Andrea Meyers

In 2011, we put in an asparagus bed, and for two springs we have patiently watched and tended, waiting for our first harvest. Last year we let the plants grow full and fern out, knowing this would be the year we would finally get to eat. The spears started popping last week, and I’ll say… 

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Mushroom Chard Frittata (The Kids Cook Monday)

Andrea Meyers - Mushroom Chard Frittata

When spring comes around our family looks forward to eating out of garden, and this easy frittata is a great garden recipe. We use the fresh chard, green onions, and garlic chives we pick right before cooking, and add purchased mushrooms. Frittatas are an easy meal for the kids to help with because they cook… 

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Wegmeyer Farms: Spring Strawberries (Brown Sugar Strawberry Shortcakes)

Andrea Meyers - Brown Sugar Strawberry Shortcake

The strawberry field at Wegmeyer Farms is blanketed with plants laden with blossoms and fruit. The field slopes down from the grass-covered parking area, and the rows are covered with black plastic to keep the weeds out and prevent erosion. During my visits, workers picked berries and put them in flats destined for nearby Whole… 

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Steamed Asparagus with Red Onions, Almonds, and Raisins

Andrea Meyers - Steamed Asparagus with Red Onions, Almonds, and Raisins

Last spring we planted an asparagus bed, and it has really taken off. At first we only saw small tips peeping up from the soil, then they shot up to tall spears almost overnight. Now the wispy fern sways in the breeze on long thin stems and will stay around for the summer. Asparagus needs… 

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From the Pantry: Instant Pectin (Strawberry Freezer Jam with Moscato)

Andrea Meyers - Strawberry Freezer Jam with Moscato

When summer rolls around and it’s time to start making jams and jellies again, I stock up on pectin. Many of the recipes I make call for regular pectin, which requires cooking the jam or jelly, but I also like instant pectin for no-cook jams. Skipping the cooking process keeps the wonderful fresh flavor of… 

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Strawberry Chocolate Cheesecake

Andrea Meyers - Strawberry Chocolate Cheesecake

Eight years ago we celebrated my first Mother’s Day, which for me is more important than my birthday. Builder Guy was six months old and he sat on Michael’s lap at the restaurant, trying to grab everything within reach, laughing like it was the best game ever as Michael quickly moved forks, knives, plates, and… 

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Strawberry Lavender Lemonade

Andrea Meyers - Strawberry Lavender Lemonade

We started growing culinary lavender in our garden two summers ago, then last summer had to move the plants to pots to make room for more vegetables. One of my lavenders didn’t fare well, but the other two were doing splendidly until the uber snow storms of 2010. They look rather spindly now, a mere… 

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