Now that spring is finally here, it's time to look at cooking with seasonal
spring produce.  Most of the fruits and vegetables in season now can
be found year round at grocers around the country, but they reach
their full potential during the spring.  Artichokes, asparagus, avocados,
beets, blueberries, fava beans, peas, radishes, rhubarb, spinach,
spring lettuce, spring onions and strawberries are some of these tasty
fruits and vegetables that peak in the spring.  Check your local
farmers market to find out what produce is available in your area.

Cooking with these fresh seasonal ingredients brings out a stronger
and/or sweeter taste to your recipes that you would not experience at
any other time of the year.  So go to your local farmer's market or
grocer, pick up some seasonal produce, and try out some of these
quick and easy spring recipes.



Jen's Asparagus


What you need:

  • 3 bunches of asparagus, cut into bite sized pieces
  • 2-3 squirts of lemon juice
  • 1/4 -1/2 stick of butter (2 T - 4 T)
  • salt
  • black pepper
  • lemon pepper
  • garlic salt

What you do:

  • Heat butter in a large dutch oven, skillet or wok.  Add asparagus
    and lemon juice.  Add salt, garlic salt, black pepper and lemon
    pepper to taste.  Stir fry on medium heat until asparagus is
    tender; serve.



Bacon Avocado Dip


What you need:

  • 5 slices bacon, cooked crisp and crumbled
  • 2 medium avocados, pitted and peeled
  • 2/3 c sour cream
  • 2 t minced onion
  • 2 T lemon juice
  • 1/2 t salt

What you do:

  • Mash avocados with fork.  Combine with sour cream, onion,
    lemon juice and salt; mix.  Refrigerate until chilled.  Mix in bacon
    and serve.



Blueberry Muffins


What you need:

  • 2 c flour
  • 2 eggs, slightly beaten
  • 1/3 c butter
  • 3/4 c milk
  • 1 c fresh blueberries
  • 1/2 c sugar
  • 2.5 t baking powder
  • 2 T vegetable oil
  • 1/2 t salt

What you do:

  • Combine flour, sugar, salt and baking powder in a large bowl.  In
    a separate bowl, mix eggs, butter, milk and oil; add to flour
    mixture and mix until moist.  Fold blueberries into batter.  Take
    muffin tin(s) and fill 12 cups with muffin paper.  Evenly distribute
    batter to all cups.  Bake in a 375 degree oven for 25-30 minutes
    or until golden.



Easy Spinach Salad


What you need:

  • 10 oz package or 6 c fresh spinach, washed with stems off
  • 6 slices bacon, cooked crisp and crumbled
  • 1-2 medium tomatoes, chopped
  • 1/2 c radishes, sliced
  • 1/2 c red onion, chopped
  • 3 boiled eggs, sliced
  • 1 carrot, grated
  • vinegar and oil based dressing

What you do:

  • Combine all ingredients except dressing and toss.  Serve with
    dressing per taste.



Rhubarb Cake


What you need:

  • 31/2 c fresh rhubarb, diced
  • 1 package yellow cake mix
  • 1 c sugar
  • 2 c whipping cream, not whipped

What you do:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Prepare cake mix per box
    directions.  Pour into a greased 13 x 9 inch pan.  Add rhubarb
    on top of cake mix.  Evenly distribute sugar on top of rhubarb.  
    Pour cream over rhubarb and cake.  Bake 50 - 60 minutes or
    until toothpick inserted into center of cake comes out clean.



Strawberry Banana Smoothie


What you need:

  • 2 c strawberries with the tops cut off
  • 2 large bananas, peeled and sliced
  • 1 c vanilla yogurt
  • 3/4 c milk
  • 4 ice cubes

What you do:

  • Combine all ingredients in blender and blend until smooth; serve.
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