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Early Spring Recipes

Winter is nearing the end and the fresh delicious foods of spring have finally arrived! Luscious strawberries, artichokes, asparagus, wild morel mushrooms, fresh salmon, lamb, peas, and bushels of other wonderful treats from the forest, ocean, and farm.

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Cornish Game Hens with "Pickled" Figs and Prosciutto

Thursday April 17, 2014

Easter CookiesThe meaty, savory taste of Prosciutto works wonderfully with these roasted Cornish game hens. Dried figs are marinated in a delicious concoction of fresh ginger and lemon, star anise, cardamom, and cinnamon.  An elegant and fragrant dish that is perfect for your next dinner party.


Check out the recipe for Cornish Game Hens with "Pickled" Figs and Prosciutto.


Photo ©California Fig Board.


Candied Walnut Crusted Salmon with Lemon Zest Vinaigrette and Spring Pea Sprouts

Friday April 11, 2014

Easter CookiesFresh salmon is seared to perfection then finished in the oven with a candied walnut butter that creates a deliciously sweet and flaky fish. Pea sprouts are tossed in a lemon zest vinaigrette to top the salmon adding a crisp and tangy bite to the dish.


Check out the recipe for Candied Walnut Crusted Salmon with Lemon Zest Vinaigrette and Spring Pea Sprouts.


Photo ©California Walnuts.


Semolina Easter Cookies with Date (Ma’moul)

Monday April 7, 2014

Easter CookiesMa'mouls are a traditional Lebanese cookie served for Easter. These holiday cookies are made with semolina flour and flavored with rose water and orange blossom water and stuffed with dates, pistachios or almonds or walnuts. The cookies are somewhat conical in shape that represents the crown that Jesus wore on the cross and the sponge that was given to him when he asked for water.


Check out the recipe for Semolina Cookies with Date (Ma'amoul).


Photo ©Joumana Accad.


Food & Wine Names Best New Chefs

Thursday April 3, 2014

Best New Chefs

Food & Wine Magazine has announced the 2014 Best New Chefs (this year announced through F&W's Instagram page). Since 1988 Food & Wine Magazine has recognized up and coming young chefs with their Best New Chef title. The title brings a huge amount of attention to the young chef and his or her restaurant. The coveted award is definitely seen as a big career booster. This year's list contains a husband and wife team and 3 Texas residents. Popular theme this year: Wood-fired Cooking.


Check out the List of Food & Wine Magazine's 2014 Best New Chefs.


Photo: F&W Editor-in-Chief Dana Cowin and Chef Ari Taymor. ©F&W Magazine/Time Inc.


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