Toss asparagus spears with olive oil, salt and pepper.
Broil until tender, 3 to 5 minutes.
Sprinkle with salt, pepper and grated Parmesan.
Blanch asparagus spears.
Spread thin layer of soft, creamy cheese such as Boursin over thin slices of prosciutto.
Wrap prosciutto around asparagus spears.
Simple Asparagus Soup
Sauté chopped shallots in butter until softened.
Add chicken or vegetable stock and chopped asparagus.
Cook until asparagus is tender. Puree in blender.
Tagliatelle with Asparagus and Mascarpone
Sauté chopped shallots in butter until softened.
Simmer chopped asparagus in salted water until tender. Drain; add to pan with shallots.
Add cooked and drained fresh tagliatelle and mascarpone cheese; toss to combine.
Very thinly slice asparagus spears on the bias.
Whisk together lemon juice, finely chopped shallot, olive oil, salt and pepper.
Toss asparagus with vinaigrette. Top with shaved Parmesan.
Asparagus Tartine with Smoked Salmon & Cream Cheese
Brush slices of toasted bread with olive oil. Turn over; spread with chive cream cheese.
Top with single layer of smoked salmon. Top with lightly oiled asparagus spears, salt and pepper. Broil until asparagus is crisp-tender.
Stir-Fried Snow Peas, Sugar Snaps & Shiitakes
Sauté sliced stemmed shiitake mushrooms in vegetable oil until browned; transfer to bowl.
Warm more vegetable oil with sesame oil. Add snow peas and sugar snaps; stir-fry until crisp-tender.
Add mushrooms, grated ginger, minced garlic, sesame seeds, sliced green onions, salt and pepper; cook 1 minute.
Pea Soup with Mint
Sauté diced onion in olive oil until translucent. Add minced garlic; cook 1 minute.
Add English peas, chicken stock, salt and pepper; simmer 15 to 20 minutes.
Add minced mint and cream. Puree in blender.
Snap Pea Salad with Radishes & Feta
Whisk together lemon juice, lemon zest, minced shallot, olive oil, salt and pepper.
Toss julienned snap peas, thinly sliced radishes and julienned basil with vinaigrette.
Sprinkle with crumbled feta.
Farro Salad with Peas
Cook farro in boiling salted water until tender; let cool.
Whisk together sherry vinegar, minced garlic, walnut oil, salt and pepper.
Toss farro, blanched English peas, parsley leaves and crumbled ricotta salata with vinaigrette.
Pasta with Peas,
Pancetta & Mint
Cook pancetta in olive oil;
transfer to bowl.
Add sliced shallots and English peas to pan; cook until tender.
Add cooked and drained campanelle, pancetta and grated Parmesan; toss to combine. Stir in julienned mint, salt and pepper.
Frittata with Peas,
Ricotta & Herbs
Sauté diced onion in olive oil. Add minced garlic and English peas; cook until tender.
Whisk eggs, minced tarragon and chives, salt and pepper. Add to pan; dollop ricotta on top. Cook until eggs just start to set.
Transfer to 400°F oven; cook until set. Sprinkle with minced chives.
Fava Beans with Pecorino
Cook shelled fava beans in boiling salted water until tender.
Drain and peel.
Grate pecorino romano over favas; sprinkle with olive oil, salt and pepper.
Sautéed Fava Beans
Sauté blanched peeled fava beans and English peas in olive oil until tender; season with salt.
Sprinkle with lemon zest and julienned mint.
Fava Bean Crostini
Cook shelled fava beans in boiling water until tender, drain and peel.
In food processor, puree with olive oil, salt and pepper.
Spread puree on crostini. Top with shaved Parmesan or grated pecorino romano.
Grilled Shrimp with Fava Bean Puree
In food processor, pulse together blanched peeled fava beans, olive oil, minced garlic, mint, lemon juice, salt and pepper, adding water as needed.
Toss peeled deveined shrimp with lemon zest, red pepper flakes and salt. Thread onto skewers and grill. Serve over fava puree.
Fava Bean & Radish Salad
Peel fava beans and blanch in boiling water until just tender.
Toss blanched peeled fava beans and thinly sliced radishes with olive oil, salt and pepper.
Top with shaved pecorino
romano or Parmesan.
Orecchiette with Favas, Morels & Pancetta
Brown diced pancetta and quartered morels in olive oil. Add blanched peeled fava beans and minced garlic and shallot;
Add cream and cooked and drained orecchiette. Cook, tossing, until cream has reduced.
Season with salt and pepper. Sprinkle with grated Parmesan.
In food processor, finely chop pine nuts and garlic clove. Add arugula; pulse until coarsely chopped.
With processor running, slowly add olive oil until smooth. Add lemon juice, grated Parmesan, salt and pepper; pulse until incorporated.
Serve over fish, chicken, steak
Pizza with Prosciutto
Brush pizza dough round with tomato sauce; top with shredded mozzarella and thin prosciutto strips.
Bake at 500°F on preheated baking stone until crust is crisp.
Toss arugula with olive oil, lemon juice and salt. Scatter over pizza along with shaved Parmesan.
Pasta with Arugula & Shallots
Sauté sliced shallots in olive oil until tender. Add minced garlic and lemon zest; sauté until fragrant.
Add arugula; cook until
Add cooked and drained pasta; toss with olive oil, salt and pepper. Sprinkle with grated pecorino romano.
Sauté spinach in olive oil. Squeeze dry; chop coarsely.
Combine spinach, sautéed onion, minced garlic, cream cheese, mayonnaise, grated Parmesan, red pepper flakes, salt and pepper.
Transfer to baking dish; sprinkle with grated Parmesan. Bake at 400°F until bubbly.
Butter Lettuce Salad with Buttermilk Dressing
Whisk together buttermilk, minced shallot, mayonnaise, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, chopped chives, salt and pepper.
Toss torn butter lettuce leaves
Little Gem Salad with Radishes
Whisk together sherry vinegar, honey, Dijon mustard, minced shallot, walnut oil, salt and pepper.
Toss Little Gem lettuce leaves, shaved radishes and croutons with vinaigrette.
Blanch ramps; squeeze dry.
In stand mixer, beat softened butter, ramps, salt, pepper and lemon zest. Shape into a log; wrap with plastic wrap. Refrigerate until firm.
Cut butter into rounds. Spread
on crostini; top with thin
Braised Leek Gratin
In covered fry pan, simmer trimmed halved leeks with chicken stock until just tender. Transfer to buttered baking dish.
Combine bread crumbs, olive oil, chopped thyme and shredded Gruyère. Sprinkle over leeks.
Bake at 400°F until bubbly
Grilled Ramps & Spring Onions with Romesco
In food processor, process peeled roasted red peppers, roasted tomatoes, slivered almonds, garlic, olive oil, red wine vinegar, smoked paprika, salt and pepper
Toss trimmed ramps and spring onions with olive oil, salt and pepper. Grill until tender. Serve with romesco.
Spring Onion Tarte Tatin
In cast-iron skillet, melt 3 Tbs. butter with 1 Tbs. sugar.
Add thick slices of spring onions, salt and pepper. Cover and cook, turning onions occasionally, until caramelized. Add balsamic vinegar; cook until syrupy.
Place puff pastry round over onions. Bake at 375°F until golden. Invert onto platter.
Melted Leeks with
Season salmon with salt and pepper. Warm a large pan until very hot and sear salmon on both sides until salmon is just opaque
in the center.
In fry pan, melt butter. Add thinly sliced leeks, chicken stock, salt and pepper. Cover and cook slowly until leeks are very tender. Stir in chopped chives.
Transfer to plate; top with
Spring Allium Pizza
In food processor, puree roasted garlic cloves, olive oil, salt and pepper. Brush on pizza
Top with caramelized red onions, sautéed shallots and leeks and grated pecorino romano.
Bake at 500°F on preheated baking stone until crust is crisp. Sprinkle with chopped green onions and minced chives.
Pasta with Leeks & Peas
Dice bacon into batons 1/4 inch thick. Sauté in olive oil until browned. Add thinly sliced leeks and minced garlic and cook until leeks are tender.
Add cream, shelled peas, and cooked and drained pasta to the pan. Cook, tossing, until the cream has reduced and coats the pasta. Season with salt and pepper and top with shaved pecorino cheese.
Beef & Leek Stir-Fry
Stir together stock, soy sauce, rice vinegar, garlic, ginger, sugar and cornstarch.
Sear thinly sliced flank steak until
well browned. Transfer to a bowl. Add sliced green parts of leeks and 10 Chinese dried red chiles. Cook until leeks are crisp-tender.
Return steak to pan. Add stock mixture and cook, tossing, until liquid has thickened.
Gratinéed Leeks in Cream
Cut leeks crosswise into rounds about 1 inch thick. Arrange in a single layer in a baking dish. Season with salt and pepper, and cover with cream and grated Parmesan.
Cover with aluminum foil and bake at 400ºF for 30 minutes. Remove the foil and continue cooking until the cream has reduced, the leeks are tender and their tops are golden brown.
Sauté sliced leeks in butter until tender. Add Arborio rice and cook, stirring, until lightly toasted. Deglaze pan with white wine. Bring to a simmer, stirring in warm stock as needed, until the rice is tender.
Meanwhile, fry julienned leaks in oil until golden brown.
Season risotto with salt and pepper, stir in butter and grated Parmesan, and top with fried leeks.
Sauté thinly sliced leeks and minced garlic in butter until tender. Add peeled, diced russet potatoes and stock to cover. Simmer until potatoes are cooked through.
Puree soup until smooth, season with salt and pepper, and stir in cream.
Puree canola oil with a bunch of chives and a handful of parsley leaves until smooth. Drizzle over soup before serving.
Fried Egg with Leeks & Pancetta
Dice pancetta into 1/4-inch cubes and sauté in olive oil until browned and crispy. Drain on paper towels and set aside.
Add thinly sliced leeks to the same pan and cook until tender. Season with salt and pepper, and stir in butter to finish.
Spoon leeks onto a plate, top with a fried egg and sprinkle with pancetta.