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Spring Fest: 4 Reasons Not to Turn on Your Oven

With temperatures heating up, get ready for an al fresco meal without turning up the heat: These quick no-cook sides are perfect for a picnic on a warm spring day. 1. Five-Minute Salad: Goat Cheese, Herb and White Bean (pictured above) Ellie’s no-cook salad truly does come together in five minutes, combines fresh, seasonal ingredients […]

Spring Fest: 5 Mozzarella Appetizers, Sides and Salads

Mozzarella just might be the season’s quintessential cheese. Prized for its creamy texture and mild flavor, it’s a neutral canvas for spring produce, complementing light and bright flavors without adding making things too heavy. 1. Caprese di Farro (pictured above) Farro — the oldest cultivated grain — is a great base for sides. Dress it […]

Spring Fest: 5 Fresh Takes on Hummus

While we’re waiting on perfect peas to come into season, fudge it with mashed (chick)peas. These clever takes on hummus are light for spring entertaining and will make great use of crudites as they come into season. Here are recipes for classic hummus plus four variations that are ideal for using seasonal ingredients. 1. Hummus […]

Spring Fest: 6 Easy Easter Sides

Though ham and lamb may get the Easter spotlight, spring’s marquee holiday is the ideal time to play with the season’s fresh vegetable superstars like asparagus, peas and green beans. A welcome respite from hearty winter greens, these three are healthy, quick and easy to dress up. Here are six preparation ideas that could easily […]

Spring Fest: 5 Kid-Friendly Cupcakes

Cupcakes, when you get down to it, are just cakes sized for kids. And some of the best cupcake flavors — including strawberry — are at their peak in spring. Give in to sweet temptation with these spring cupcake recipes that appeal to kids of all ages. A few are even decorated with seasonal, floral […]

Spring Fest: Clean Out the Pantry Night

These days it’s a waiting game to see which early spring favorites pop up first at the farmers’ market. While you wait for asparagus sprouts to become snappy spears, clear out your pantry to make way for new seasonal bounty. With a few key canned goods, it’s easy to prepare a well-rounded springtime meal without […]

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