Steamed Baby Carrots with Ginger-Garlic Butter

Andrea Meyers - Steamed Baby Carrots with Ginger-Garlic Butter

There’s something about whole baby carrots steamed with the tops on, fork tender and sweet. I adore that delicate flavor and crunch and think they really add beauty to a plate. They are like the little black dress of carrots. And many times they are insanely easy to prepare, like this recipe from Cooking Light.

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 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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Chicken Stir-Fry with Asparagus and Snow Peas, and My Thoughts on Carbon Steel Woks

Chicken Stir-Fry with Asparagus and Snow Peas - Andrea Meyers

My carbon steel wok is 13 years old and a treasured part of my kitchen gear. I found it for $5 on a clearance table and snapped it up, and that little bargain has proven invaluable over time. It wasn’t my first wok as I had given the nonstick woks a try, but after going… 

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Zabaglione with Strawberries and Moscato

Andrea Meyers - Zabaglione with Strawberries and Moscato

I can’t think of Mother’s Day without also musing on strawberries, probably because the beautiful red fruits come into season around this time and they seem like such a wonderful treat after cold winters. Strawberry season is also one of my children’s favorite food times of the year and we can’t resist celebrating with luscious… 

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Spring Greens Salad with Asparagus, Snow Peas, Radishes, and Honey Dijon Vinaigrette

Andrea Meyers - Spring Greens Salad with Asparagus, Snow Peas, Radishes, and Honey Dijon Vinaigrette

Our spring garden is not as full as the summer garden, but each year we add a little more with the hope that eventually we will have a large cool weather garden space. This spring we planted snow peas, sugar snap peas, rhubarb, three kinds of radishes, two kinds of radicchio, butterhead and romaine lettuce,… 

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Slow Cooker Paprika Chicken

Slow Cooker Paprika Chicken - Andrea Meyers

Though the days are getting warmer and the summer daylilies have just started to bloom, I still feel the urge to pull out the slow cooker on cool spring mornings. When most of our days are swirling with activity, it gives me a sense of accomplishment to get a meal going in the slow cooker…. 

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Creamy Asparagus Soup

Andrea Meyers - Creamy Asparagus Soup

“I don’t like that.” Those words popped out of Monkey Boy’s mouth when I said we were having creamy asparagus soup for dinner, before he had even seen it. This is his new favorite thing to do at every meal. Anything he doesn’t recognize is automatically assigned to the “don’t like” category, which is growing… 

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Asparagus Quiche with Mushrooms and Shallots

Asparagus Quiche with Mushrooms and Shallots - Andrea Meyers

If I had to choose a favorite spring vegetable, it would be a tie between asparagus and snow peas. Pencil-thin asparagus stalks look so pretty on a plate and like snow peas it tastes delicious either fresh or cooked. Though we don’t yet grow our own asparagus, the thought has crossed our minds on several… 

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