Cream-Poached Halibut Cheeks with Spring Vegetable Medley
Spring fever. Months of waiting and then suddenly... ramps, baby garlic, asparagus, fiddleheads, fava beans, spring peas! Beautiful vegetables burst onto the scene. It's all you can do to refrain from throwing them all together in one dish. So why hold back? This preparation uses a little bit of everything showing up at the farmers market, slicing the vegetables all very thinly and then reserving some and cooking the rest for varied texture and flavor. Light, indulgent, crunchy, and celebratory, this recipe for cream-poached halibut cheeks with spring vegetable medley may not be healthy, but it makes for a nice starter. Check out more Healthy and Hearty Halibut Recipes.
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Fiddlehead Ferns with Pine Nuts, Pecorino, and Lemon Zest
Fiddlehead ferns have a slightly nutty flavor when cooked, and so I thought fiddleheads, toasted pine nuts, and salty, slightly funky pecorino would be a good combination. Lemon zest brightens things up a bit, and a drizzle of extra-virgin olive oil at the end seals in all the flavors. Click here to see Make Dinner More Interesting — 8 Great Side Dish Recipes.
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Grilled Shrimp and Fiddlehead Spring Salad
You want spring? You want hope? You want optimism? You want a salad? I do. Ramps, fiddleheads, asparagus — gimme spring. Gimme warm weather. Gimme grilling. Gimme spring now and give it to me all at once. No? Too bad, I'm taking it. That's what this salad does, wrenches spring and warm-weather cooking from winter's cold, dead hands. As iconic a vegetable as ramps are, fiddleheads are so much cooler looking. All curled up on themselves like some crazy alien vegetable. Crunchy. Vibrant. And they're supposedly a great source of antioxidants, Omega 3, Omega 6, and iron. So this recipe takes spring and throws it all together: asparagus, fiddleheads, spring peas, three different preparations of vegetables and grilling. A glass (or two) of Robert Sinskey rosé and you're golden. Cause when you've been waiting for summer this long it's time to jump in to spring all at once.
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