I am working on a series that will feature recipes using fresh spring ingredients (in the same style as shown above). I'm partnering with this artist:

http://claudiapearson.com

Since I know 99% of you love to eat, I'd be interested in any feedback around the most appealing/approachable ingredients or dishes, what you love to eat/make during this time of year, etc. Or, if you've seen any great recipes lately. I need to tweak anything existing but that is easy to do. I would like each design to have a strong color palette, so recipes that predominately feature one ingredient or several ingredients of the same color (i.e. greens or berries) would be especially great.

I won't be focusing on any protein unless it's a complimentary ingredient, FYI.

In season this time of year….

  • Strawberries
  • Asparagus
  • Avocados
  • Grapefruit
  • Lemons
  • Pineapple
  • Mango
  • Artichokes
  • Arugula
  • Fava Beans
  • Leeks
  • Fennel
  • Spinach
  • Radishes

SIDES

Salads (kale, apple & pancetta, endive & arugula w/nectarines & almonds, heirloom caprese)

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Vegetables (spicy pan-roasted broccoli w/green garlic & fried polenta)

Crostini (fava bean & arugula, grilled mushroom w/fresh herbs, roasted tomato)

MAINS

Pastas (carbonara w/spring vegetables, roasted vegetable lasagna, asparagus pesto)

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Tarts

Risottos (asparagus & fresh peas)

SWEETS

Sorbet (mango & lime, kiwi)

Galette (strawberry rhubarb, blueberry)

Semifreddo (strawberry pistachio, raspberry peach)

Financier (almond w/strawberries & fresh cream)

Bread (lemon poppyseed loaf, sour cream coffeecake w/toasted pecans & blackberries)

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Paté de Fruit (strawberry & rhubarb, lemon & raspberry)

ACCOMPANIMENTS

Chutneys (tomato, mango)

Jams (strawberry, peach)

Salsas

Baba Ganoush!

Pesto