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Crowd-Peasing Recipes Using 3 Varieties of Spring Peas

As the trees begin to bloom outside, it’s time to add more green to your plate, too. Instead of making a bunch of sad salads, embrace the abundance of spring fruits and vegetables with inventive, colorful dishes.

Not sure where to get started? Give peas a chance. Whether you reach for classic English peas, sugar snaps or snow peas, there are plenty of ways to transform them into simple side dishes and appetizers to complement any meal. Check out some of our favorite recipes, starting with Tiffani Thiessen’s party-starting Grilled Ciabatta with Ricotta and Snap Peas, brightened with three green herbs: chives, basil and mint.

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Thirsty Thursday: May Day Margarita


It’s more than just alliteration; it’s a statement, a proclamation that Thursdays are when the weekend should really start. Kicking it off right is the key, and what better way than with a cocktail that not only takes the edge off, but tastes good too. A hard thing to disagree with, we know. Drink up, get down and go to sleep happy.

The early days of May are chock-full of toast-worthy celebrations: Since today is May Day and Monday is Cinco de Mayo, combine the celebrations with this Lavender Margarita where our favorite south-of-the-border cocktail combines with a spring-centric floral aroma.

A botanical lavender simple syrup brightens a classic pitcher of silver tequila, Cointreau and lime. Rim the margarita glasses with dried lavender petals and sugar for a stunning result. Ole!

Bottoms up, folks.

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Thirsty Thursday: Sgroppino


It’s more than just alliteration; it’s a statement, a proclamation that Thursdays are when the weekend should really start. Kicking it off right is the key, and what better way than with a cocktail that not only takes the edge off, but tastes good too. A hard thing to disagree with, we know. Drink up, get down and go to sleep happy.

If you’re on the hunt for this weekend’s warm-weather cocktail, look no further than the Sgroppino, a fizzy lemon wake-up call from winter. This old Italian standby makes for a celebratory spring libation, whether as a pre-dinner aperitif or as a boozy, dessert-like beverage to accompany brunch.

Sgroppino is simply a chilled, frothy punch that combines refreshing prosecco balanced with a melty scoop of lemon sorbet for a touch of sweetness. Plan ahead so you have plenty of time to make the limoncello-based lemon sorbet. The bright and clean flavors of this springy cocktail make it a real crowd-pleaser.

Bottoms up, folks.

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Radishes Can Heal Bee Stings and More Amazing Radish Facts…

… Like the word radish comes from the Greek word Raphanus meaning “quickly appearing” because you can pick them just three weeks after planting the seed. Check out our awesome video guide to radishes for more intel on selecting, prepping and serving spring’s raddest root vegetable:

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Thirsty Thursday: Silk Sheets Cocktail

It’s more than just alliteration; it’s a statement, a proclamation that Thursdays are when the weekend should really start. Kicking it off right is the key, and what better way than with a cocktail that not only takes the edge off, but tastes good too. A hard thing to disagree with, we know. Drink up, get down and go to sleep happy.

This sweet and dreamy cocktail is ideal for those looking for adventure in every sip. Since you’re probably reading up on how to make kimchi or tackle molecular gastronomy, you might as well make your next cocktail hour an enterprising endeavor.

This springy Silk Sheets Cocktail pairs strawberries with sweet, tangy balsamic vinegar and gin. For a modernist twist, the mix is topped with silky, luxurious St.Germain foam, which could potentially give you a floral milk mustache. The cocktail is delicious without the foam, so even if you don’t have a nitrous oxide cream charger (which, let’s face it, is likely), you should shake some up while strawberries are at their juiciest.

Bottoms up, folks!

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Grow a Kitchen Herb Garden in 5 Easy Steps

For anyone with even the slightest nub of a green thumb, the longer, lighter days mean that it’s nearly time to grow things. Fortunately, there is an almost-foolproof way to do that: Plant a kitchen garden. All you really need is a window that gets at least six hours of south-facing light (without scorchingly hot direct sun) and an ability to remember to water the plants (which is admittedly hard for some). Here’s what else you need to get started and the steps you can take to start an herb garden on your windowsill:

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Thirsty Thursday: Basil Berry Cocktail


It’s more than just alliteration; it’s a statement, a proclamation that Thursdays are when the weekend should really start. Kicking it off right is the key, and what better way than with a cocktail that not only takes the edge off, but tastes good too. A hard thing to disagree with, we know. Drink up, get down and go to sleep happy.

As soon as birds chirp and flowers bloom, the scent of spring is in the air. With a huge sigh of relief, we can throw open a window and enjoy the gentle breeze, preferably with a cocktail in hand. Pop open a bottle of chilled, fizzy lambrusco for this Basil Berry Cocktail that mimics spring’s crisp and refreshing air.

This spring-centric cocktail is comprised of muddled fresh basil and strawberries topped with a bit of bubbly. The herbaceous and fruity notes in this cocktail reminds us of the warmer days to come.

Bottoms up, folks!

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Surprisingly Slimming Spring Foods

Winter’s hearty foods and frosty weather have left many of us with an extra layer of padding that it’s time to shed. The good news is that a lot of the spring foods can help you lose weight. Here’s a look at some of my favorite slimming spring foods:

Strawberries: Who knew “diet” foods could taste this delicious? But strawberries really are a superfood for weight loss. All those seeds studding the strawberry’s surface are packed with fiber — one of the most important factors for weight loss. Fiber helps to add bulk to food, filling you up without adding extra calories, and one cup of strawberries gives you three grams of fiber. If you’re wondering just how many pints to devour, women need 25 grams a day, and men need 38.

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Meatless Monday: Risotto Primavera

Meatless Monday is a global movement, a way of life. It’s not a campaign to turn everyone in the world vegetarian or vegan; in fact, many involved are meat-lovers. Eating less meat has been proven to reduce the risk of disease, curb obesity and has important environmental impacts, too. Will you join us in giving up meat, just for one day a week?

Though most of us associate the slow cooker with the long-simmered comfort foods of winter, this kitchen gadget actually comes in handy year-round. This bright, springy risotto is a case in point. Make it the traditional way — on the stovetop with lots of stirring and constant supervision — or simply let the slow cooker work its time-saving magic. Fill the pot up with Arborio rice, hot vegetable stock and fresh, seasonal produce like fava beans, asparagus and zucchini, and in just two hours, you’ll have a creamy, bubbling risotto brimming with vibrant spring flavors — no arm workout required.

Risotto Primavera

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