Butter-Braised Asparagus

1 1/2 pounds large or medium asparagus 6 tablespoons butter Salt and pepper 2 tablespoons lemon juice 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest 1 tablespoon snipped chives 1 tablespoon roughly chopped parsley or chervil 1 teaspoon chopped tarragon, plus more for garnish 1 tablespoon chopped dill, plus more for garnish Snap off and discard the tough bottoms… Continue reading Butter-Braised Asparagus

Simple Spicy Asparagus in a Wok

1 1/2 pounds asparagus, medium- or pencil-size 2 tablespoons vegetable oil 6 small dried red peppers Salt and pepper 1/2 teaspoon Chinese chile paste 1 teaspoon grated garlic 1 teaspoon grated ginger 1/2 teaspoon grated orange zest 1 jalapeño or serrano chile, finely chopped 2 teaspoons sesame oil 1/2 cup roughly chopped cilantro 3 green… Continue reading Simple Spicy Asparagus in a Wok

Wok-Fried Asparagus

1 1/2 pounds asparagus, pencil-size or medium 2 tablespoons vegetable oil Salt 1/2 teaspoon ground Sichuan peppercorns, or use black peppercorns 1/4 teaspoon five-spice powder 1 teaspoon grated garlic 2 teaspoons grated ginger 1 tablespoon palm sugar or dark brown sugar 1 to 2 bird’s-eye chiles, thinly sliced, or use serrano or Fresno chiles 2… Continue reading Wok-Fried Asparagus

Stir-Fried Spicy Asparagus

1 1/2 pounds pencil-thin asparagus (or substitute small or medium asparagus, split lengthwise) 1 tablespoon vegetable oil Salt and pepper 3 garlic cloves, minced 1 tablespoon grated ginger 1 serrano or other fresh hot chile, finely chopped A large handful of basil, mint and cilantro leaves Snap off and discard the tough bottoms of each… Continue reading Stir-Fried Spicy Asparagus

Any Vegetable Tart

1/2 cup shredded Gruyère or Cheddar (optional) 1 large egg, at room temperature 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan 1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest or finely chopped rosemary 1 garlic clove, finely grated or crushed to a paste (optional) Kosher salt and black pepper 3/4 cup crème fraîche or mascarpone All-purpose flour, for dusting the work… Continue reading Any Vegetable Tart

Asparagus, Goat Cheese and Tarragon Tart

1 cup soft goat cheese, at room temperature (4 ounces) 1 large egg, lightly beaten, at room temperature 1 large garlic clove, finely grated or minced 1 1/2 tablespoons chopped fresh tarragon leaves, plus more for serving 1/2 tablespoon finely grated lemon zest 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt, plus more for sprinkling Pinch of freshly… Continue reading Asparagus, Goat Cheese and Tarragon Tart

Strawberry Drop Biscuits (with variations for other fruit)

1 1/2 cups/190 grams all-purpose flour 1/4 cup/50 grams granulated sugar 4 teaspoons baking powder 6 tablespoons/85 grams cold salted butter, cut into 1/2-inch cubes 4 medium strawberries, cut into small 1/4-inch or 1/2-inch pieces (about 2/3 cup/100 grams), or whole blueberries, raspberries or other diced stone fruit 6 tablespoons heavy cream, plus more if… Continue reading Strawberry Drop Biscuits (with variations for other fruit)

Ham and Cheese Pasta With a Handful of Peas

Pasta shells Ham steak Peas Swiss or jarlsberg Parm Pick up a box of large shells — the ones the size of a knuckle, so they hold a little pasta water in them. Pick up a ham steak from the butcher or the corner of the supermarket meat display, and dice it. Pick up a… Continue reading Ham and Cheese Pasta With a Handful of Peas

Springtime Seared Black Cod with Meyer Lemon Risotto and Gremolata

2 tablespoons butter or oil 1 cup white onion, finely diced 2 cups aborio rice 1 cup white wine 4– 5 cups hot water or stock 1 1/2 teaspoon salt ( less if using stock) 1/4 teaspoon white pepper 2 meyer lemons, juice and zest —— Gremolata: 1/2 cup chopped Italian parsley 1 meyer lemon-… Continue reading Springtime Seared Black Cod with Meyer Lemon Risotto and Gremolata

Sheet Pan Miso Salmon with Peas and Beans (with Variations)

Miso Salmon Marinade: 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil 1/4 cup Mirin (or sub 1 1/2 tablespoons honey and 2 1/2 tablespoons water) 2 tablespoons miso paste 1 tablespoon brown sugar, honey or maple 2 teaspoon fresh ginger, finely minced or use ginger paste. 3 garlic cloves, finely minced optional: 1/8 teaspoon… Continue reading Sheet Pan Miso Salmon with Peas and Beans (with Variations)

Sheet Pan Salmon with Asparagus and Dill Sauce

1 large bunch asparagus 1 – 1 1/4 lb wild king salmon filet (or 4 smaller filets) 1–2 tablespoons olive oil salt and pepper to taste lemon zest from one lemon (divided) Yogurt Dill Sauce: 1/2 cup plain whole fat yogurt 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 garlic clove, finely minced ( use a garlic press)… Continue reading Sheet Pan Salmon with Asparagus and Dill Sauce

Strawberry Arugula Salad with Basil, Black Rice and Goat Cheese

4 cups cooked black rice (or sub wild rice, quinoa, farro) 1 pound strawberries, stemmed and quartered 4 scallions- sliced 1/4 cup basil ribbons 1/2 cup chopped Italian parsley 3 ounces arugula ( two big handfuls) optional: 1/4- 1/2 cup crumbled goat cheese, 1/4 cup toasted nuts (slivered almonds, pecans, or maple pecans) Dressing: 1/4… Continue reading Strawberry Arugula Salad with Basil, Black Rice and Goat Cheese

Kale Salad with Fresh Cherries, Black Rice, Haloumi, and Mint

1 C Forbidden black rice, dry 2 -3 Cups pitted fresh cherries 2 Cups Kale packed 1/4 C red onion -small dice 1 C diced halloumi cheese (optional) or sub-mini mozzerella balls 1/2 Cup chopped fresh italian parsley 1/2 cup chopped fresh Mint 2 T red wine vinegar 3 T olive oil 1/2 tsp salt,… Continue reading Kale Salad with Fresh Cherries, Black Rice, Haloumi, and Mint

Shaved Cauliflower and Spring Pea Salad with Yogurt and Mint

2 cups fresh peas, blanched and cooled (or sub edamame) 1/2 head of large Cauliflower, shaved on a mandolin or chopped small 3 Turkish cucumbers, shaved or finely sliced 6 radishes, shaved or finely sliced 1/4 cup chopped mint or fresh dill 1/2 cup Italian parsley, chopped 5 scallions, finely sliced Yogurt Garlic Dressing: 1… Continue reading Shaved Cauliflower and Spring Pea Salad with Yogurt and Mint

Slow Cooker Maple-Brown Sugar Spiral-Cut Ham

1 1/2 cups pineapple juice 1/4 cup maple syrup 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper 1 (7-10 pound) bone-in, spiral-cut ham* 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed 15 whole cloves In a small bowl, whisk together pineapple juice, maple syrup, Dijon mustard and pepper; set aside. Place ham into a slow cooker. Sprinkle… Continue reading Slow Cooker Maple-Brown Sugar Spiral-Cut Ham

Slow Cooker Spiral-Cut Ham with Orange Glaze

1 cup orange marmalade 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard 1/3 cup freshly squeezed orange juice Zest of 1 orange 1 (7-10 pound) bone-in, spiral-cut ham 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed 15 whole cloves In a small bowl, whisk together orange marmalade, Dijon, orange juice and orange zest; set aside. Place ham into a 6-qt slow cooker.… Continue reading Slow Cooker Spiral-Cut Ham with Orange Glaze

Roasted Salmon With Asparagus, Lemon and Brown Butter

4 (6-ounce) skin-on salmon fillets 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil Kosher salt and pepper 1 pound asparagus, tough stems trimmed, stalks sliced 1/4-inch-thick on a slight bias (leave tips whole) 4 tablespoons unsalted butter 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice, plus wedges for serving 2 tablespoons drained capers 1/2 cup thawed frozen peas 1/4 cup coarsely… Continue reading Roasted Salmon With Asparagus, Lemon and Brown Butter

Baked Cod with Asparagus, Garlic, and Lemon

1 – 1 1/2 lbs cod – or sub black cod, halibut, sea bass… etc. 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 teaspoon kosher salt 1/2 teaspoon pepper 2 teaspoons fresh thyme zest from one lemon 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 large fennel bulb, cored and thinly sliced ( or sub celery and more asparagus) 1 large… Continue reading Baked Cod with Asparagus, Garlic, and Lemon

Stir-Fried Garlic Scapes with Pork, Chicken, or Beef

8 ounces pork shoulder (cut into thin, 2-inch strips; can also use pork loin, pork butt, or even pork belly) 1 teaspoon cornstarch 2 teaspoons water 1 teaspoon Shaoxing wine 1 teaspoon oyster sauce 1/2 teaspoon vegetable oil FOR THE REST OF THE DISH: 1 1/2 tablespoons vegetable oil (divided) 5 dried chili peppers (optional)… Continue reading Stir-Fried Garlic Scapes with Pork, Chicken, or Beef

Chinese Beef and Asparagus Stir Fry

12 oz. flank steak or sirloin steak (340g, sliced) 1 teaspoon oil (plus more for cooking) 5 teaspoons light soy sauce (divided) 1 teaspoon cornstarch 1 pound fresh asparagus 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon sugar 2 teaspoons dark soy sauce 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil 1/4 cup hot chicken stock (or water) 3 tablespoons shaoxing wine… Continue reading Chinese Beef and Asparagus Stir Fry