What I’m Cooking This Month: April

April 16, 2012

From a sweet strawberry pie to a colorful orzo veggie casserole, Editor Jill Melton dishes on her 10 freshest picks for the spring season.

Three-Cheese Spinach LasagnaPasta with Clam SauceMini Lemon TartsFeta-Stuffed Glazed Chicken QuartersEdamame Dip with Pita CrispsOrzo VeggiesSpaghetti CarbonaraShrimp with Chimichurri Dipping SauceFresh Strawberry PieFresh Strawberry Sponge Cake
My mother-in-law loves this lasagna, so I make it for her every time we visit. It's a "white" lasagna, which seems simpler to me to make than lasagna with red sauce. I toss just about any kind of seasonal greens into it. Recipe: Three-Cheese Spinach Lasagna
I've been making this recipe for years - that is when I have fresh parsley and lemons, which are a must. Recipe: Pasta with Clam Sauce
My kids love these little lemon tarts, that contain only 3 simple ingredients. Just give the kids a juicer and a rotary mixer then let'em go. For a video of me and the kids making the tarts click here. Recipe: Mini Lemon Tarts
My go-to chicken dish that's equally as good with chicken thighs as the leg quarters shown here. Save the remains for a quick flavorful stock. Recipe: Feta-Stuffed Glazed Chicken Quarters
Edamame just seems spring-like to me. I always have a bag in the freezer for fritatas, pasta, and this hummus. And for the occasional twisted ankle. Recipe: Edamame Dip with Pita Crisps
I've nick-named this fresh mix the "ultimate potluck dish." Why? Because it travels well and lends itself to infinite variations. Recipe: Orzo Veggies
Carbonara is the ultimate pantry dish that's good enough to serve guests. It's also a great dish to add vegetables too - such as zucchini here. Recipe: Spaghetti Carbonara
This time of year my garden is full of parsley, mint, oregano, thyme and sage - everything but hot-tempered basil. This chimichurri adapts well to any herb and is my all-purpose sauce. Recipe: Shrimp with Chimichurri Dipping Sauce
When I picked 8 quarts of strawberries last Saturday, I had this recipe in mind. After tasting the pie, I thought "this tastes more like a strawberry than a strawberry itself!" The strawberries' natural juice is the glue that holds the berries together. Recipe: Fresh Strawberry Pie
Relish food stylist Teresa Blackburn makes food as great to look at as it is to eat. This simple strawberry shortcake is from her blog, which is a feast for the eyes. Check it out. Recipe: Fresh Strawberry Sponge Cake
My mother-in-law loves this lasagna, so I make it for her every time we visit. It's a "white" lasagna, which seems simpler to me to make than lasagna with red sauce. I toss just about any kind of seasonal greens into it. 


Recipe:  Three-Cheese Spinach LasagnaI've been making this recipe for years - that is when I have fresh parsley and lemons, which are a must. 


Recipe:  Pasta with Clam SauceMy kids love these little lemon tarts, that contain only 3 simple ingredients. Just give the kids a juicer and a rotary mixer then let'em go. For a video of me and the kids making the tarts  click here.


Recipe:  Mini Lemon TartsMy go-to chicken dish that's equally as good with chicken thighs as the leg quarters shown here. Save the remains for a quick flavorful stock. 


Recipe:  Feta-Stuffed Glazed Chicken QuartersEdamame just seems spring-like to me. I always have a bag in the freezer for fritatas, pasta, and this hummus. And for the occasional twisted ankle. 


Recipe:  Edamame Dip with Pita CrispsI've nick-named this fresh mix the "ultimate potluck dish." Why? Because it travels well and lends itself to infinite variations. 


Recipe:  Orzo VeggiesCarbonara is the ultimate pantry dish that's good enough to serve guests. It's also a great dish to add vegetables too - such as zucchini here. 


Recipe:  Spaghetti CarbonaraThis time of year my garden is full of parsley, mint, oregano, thyme and sage - everything but hot-tempered basil. This chimichurri adapts well to any herb and is my all-purpose sauce.


Recipe:  Shrimp with Chimichurri Dipping SauceWhen I picked 8 quarts of strawberries last Saturday, I had this recipe in mind. After tasting the pie, I thought "this tastes more like a strawberry than a strawberry itself!" The strawberries' natural juice is the glue that holds the berries together. 


Recipe:  Fresh Strawberry PieRelish food stylist Teresa Blackburn makes food as great to look at as it is to eat. This simple strawberry shortcake is from her blog, which is a feast for the eyes. Check it out.


Recipe:  Fresh Strawberry Sponge Cake
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