Chef's Blog

5 Tips for Starting Grilling Season Early

As the weather warms and our social bubbles slowly and safely expand, we plan to spend a lot of time in our backyards—and that means grilling season has come early! Grilling can be as convenient or complicated as suits your mood, but for all spring and summer grilling, we generally […]

Soups and Stews

Asparagus-Edamame Bisque

Makes about 2 quarts This creamy soup is silky-smooth, with light, delicate flavors just perfect for those early spring days. Since frozen beans are often more available than fresh, it’s perfectly fine to use them in this soup. Ingredients 2 tablespoons olive oil 2 cups thinly sliced leeks 2 shallots, […]

Beverages and Cocktails

Aviation Cocktail

Ingredients 2 ounces gin 1/2 ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice 1/4 ounce maraschino liqueur 1/4 ounce crème de violette Directions Combine first four ingredients with ice in a cocktail shaker. Shake until cold and strain into a martini glass. Click Here To Login

Main Dishes

Baked Smoked Salmon Gnocchi with Asparagus

Makes 6 servings Ingredients 1 cup whole milk 3 oz (6 tbsp) unsalted butter, plus more as needed for baking dish Kosher salt, as needed Pinch of freshly grated nutmeg (optional) 3/4 cup all-purpose flour 8 oz smoked salmon, processed to a paste 3 large eggs 18 asparagus spears (about […]

Main Dishes

Braised Lamb Shanks

Makes 8 servings Braising is often used for cooking leaner and tougher cuts of meat like lamb shanks, which braise beautifully. As the meat slowly cooks, the connective tissue dissolves, the meat becomes tender, and the juices develop into a rich sauce. Serve with couscous or rice pilaf to soak […]

Desserts

Carrot Cake Cupcakes

Makes 16 servings Carrot Cake Batter Ingredients 1 1/3 cups whole wheat flour 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon baking powder 1 teaspoon cinnamon 1/2 cup vegetable oil 1 cup sugar 2 eggs 3/4 cup diced pineapple 4 cups grated carrots 2/3 cup raisins 2 egg whites Cream Cheese Frosting […]

Main Dishes

Cavatelli with Mushrooms and Ramps

Makes 5 servings For a supremely springtime dish, the mushrooms in this recipe would be chanterelles, but they can be expensive and are typically only available in the spring. A good substitution would be shiitake mushrooms. As for the ramps—wild, leafy, scallion-like vegetables—they are seasonal and you might actually find […]

Salads

Chilled Asparagus With Mustard Herb Vinaigrette

Makes 8 servings Ingredients 2 lb asparagus 2 tablespoons white wine or cider vinegar 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard 1 teaspoon chopped flat leaf parsley 1/2 teaspoon chopped tarragon leaves Salt and pepper as needed Dash of onion powder Dash of garlic powder 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil Directions Bring a […]

Soups and Stews

Chilled Cream of Avocado Soup

Makes 4 to 6 servings This easy soup manages to preserve the elusive flavor of the avocado. Use only very ripe avocados for this soup. If you buy avocados that aren’t ripe yet, you can speed the ripening process by placing them in a paper bag with an apple and […]

Chef's Notes Plus, Family Fun

Colorful Easter Eggs, Naturally

Dying colorful Easter eggs is such a fun craft (yes, for adults, too!), but if you aren’t a fan of store-bought artificial dyes, you may have been avoiding it. But, like, everything, there’s a way to use food to make the experience better! Namely, making your own dyes from colorful […]