Spring is almost here - I can see the trees just starting to bud and the daffodils just about to burst into their yellow loveliness, and I'm ready to uncover the grill and start entertaining outside again. A new cookbook has provided me with plenty of inspiration. Spring Gatherings: Casual Food to Enjoy with Family and Friends by Rick Rodgers has plenty of seasonal recipes to inspire a party.
Easy and more time-intensive dishes are all in here: Fava Bean and Mint "Hummus," Vidalia Onion Soup with Cheddar Toasts, Fresh Peas with Pancetta and Mint, and Potato and Green Garlic Gratin take advantage of seasonal ingredients. Heavier dishes get you ready to fire up the grill: Barbequed Beef Ribs with Cherry-Chipotle Sauce and Marinated Grilled Pork Chops with Apricots. And save room for dessert: Strawberry-Rhubarb Pie, Key Lime Meringue Bars, and Strawberry Mousse are the perfect ending to a meal. Rodgers strikes a familiar, relaxed tone that makes you want to cook your way right through the book (and the gorgeous photos don't hurt).
FARFALLE WITH ASPARAGUS, FRESH RICOTTA, AND CHIVES
Makes 4-6 Servings
Recipe courtesy Rick Rodgers/HarperCollins