Angel Hair Pasta with Shrimp and Green Garlic
Light, lively green garlic and a little cream make this a perfect winter-into-spring pasta dish. The thin noodles soak up the sauce fast, so serve it immediately.
Blueberry Dutch Baby with Lemon Curd
This showstopping breakfast "pancake" will amply reward you for making the trip to Laurette Feit's cafe. Or make it at home. Either way, you'll be amazed at the treat's puff.
Braised Mustard Greens with Spring Onions
Meltingly tender, these mustard greens get a little snap from a drizzle of cider vinegar and a good quantity of spring onions. These onions resemble green onions, but the greens are thicker and the bulbs much larger; also, they have fairly sharp, bracing flavor that mellows when cooked. If you can't find them, use a triple amount of green onions (scallions) instead--it's equally good. The recipe comes from Tanya Holland, chef-owner of Brown Sugar Kitchen and B-Side Baking Co. in Oakland.
Classic Egg Salad Sandwiches
To save time, look for precooked eggs, such as Eggland's Best, in the dairy section of the supermarket.
Although you'll have spice left over, you'll be glad you did--it's delicious in soups. The recipe comes from Tanya Holland, chef-owner of Brown Sugar Kitchen and B-Side Baking Co. in Oakland.
Crouton and Cheese Omelet
Rye-bread croutons and nutty gruyère work well together for this dinner-worthy omelet, but you can use any combo of bread, cheese, and herbs you like.
Flourless Chocolate-Pecan Cake
Oakland chef Tanya Holland puts a Southern spin on this classic Passover cake. It will rise as it bakes, and then sink rather dramatically in the center. Don't worry about this--just trim the top with a large serrated knife and save the pieces for snacks.
Fresh Asparagus with Parsley Aioli
For her Passover Seder, Tanya Holland--chef-owner of Brown Sugar Kitchen and B-Side Baking Co. in Oakland--began the menu with this bright-green celebration of spring. Use any leftover aioli with any cooked or raw vegetable, spooned onto sautéed fish, or on meat or vegetable sandwiches.
Grilled Swordfish Toasts with Lemon-Olive Tapenade
A sandwich for dinner makes perfect sense when it's as elegant as this one, with hot-off-the-grill swordfish and the tang of preserved lemon and olives. If you can't find the tapenade ingredients, blend store-bought mayo with minced garlic, lemon zest, and chile flakes for a tasty substitute.
An inextricable part of the Seder, haroseth represents the mortar that the Jews were forced to work with as slaves in ancient Egypt. Recipes vary widely, depending on region; this one leans toward the Mediterranean, with its dates and warm spices. It was given to us by Tanya Holland, chef-owner of Brown Sugar Kitchen and B-Side Baking Co. in Oakland.
North African Veal Shanks
Buy smaller shanks if you can find them (3 lbs. or so each)--when crosscut, they make an ideal single serving size. Larger shanks will be just as delicious, though. This recipe works very well with beef shortribs too. The recipe comes from Tanya Holland, chef-owner of Brown Sugar Kitchen and B-Side Baking Co. in Oakland. For another Seder-worthy main course from Holland, see her B-Side Brown Sugar Smoked Brisket recipe on sunset.com.
Pea and Fresh Mint Ravioli
Frozen peas make this pasta especially fast, but shelled fresh peas are wonderful too; cook in boiling water 2 to 3 minutes before making the filling.
Ras al Hanout
Loosely translated as "top of the shop," ras el hanout is a blend of 12 or more North African spices and is often used in meat recipes (it's especially good with beef and lamb). The recipe comes from Tanya Holland, chef-owner of Brown Sugar Kitchen and B-Side Baking Co. in Oakland.
Roasted Chicken Stock
This deeply flavorful, golden stock calls for back and neck bones since they're usually the meatiest, but you can certainly use other chicken bones too. The recipe comes from Tanya Holland, chef-owner of Brown Sugar Kitchen and B-Side Baking Co. in Oakland.
Smoked Sweet Potatoes
Oakland chef Tanya Holland typically puts cream and butter in her smoked sweet potatoes (often called yams), but to make them kosher for her Passover Seder, she uses coconut butter instead.
Spicy Matzo-Ball Soup with Trinity Vegetables and Hot Peppers
Light, fluffy matzo balls, afloat in a rich chicken stock, give this classic soup a spicy kick. Tanya Holland, chef-owner of Brown Sugar Kitchen and B-Side Baking Co. in Oakland, served it as a first course for a Passover Seder.
Strawberry Hibiscus Cooler
With or without the vodka, this sweet-tart drink deserves a spot at brunch.
Strawberry, Quinoa, and Ricotta Salata Salad
We could make a meal of this deliciously unexpected combination, but it's excellent alongside a grilled steak too. Sautéing the quinoa in oil before simmering helps it come out fluffy every time.
Streaks of berries throughout and more spooned on top make this classic Italian ice cream dessert a great finish to a spring dinner. For the most velvety texture, serve it half-frozen, just as the name suggests (semifreddo means half-cold).
Warm Chicken and Sautéed Mushroom Salad
"My family loves salads for weeknight dinners," says reader Marilyn Ritchie. Inspired by a recipe for warm mushroom dressing, Ritchie added chicken, goat cheese, and extra balsamic vinegar to come up with this luxurious main dish. When she wants to splurge, she uses shiitakes.