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Jade’s Fried Green Beans

PHOTO: JADE CHESSMAN

I have used this recipe with our green beans, zucchini blossoms and jalapeños. —Jade Chessman

Makes 4-6 servings

Vegetable oil
1¼ cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon kosher salt
12 ounces San Pellegrino sparkling water
About 1 pound green beans, cleaned and trimmed
Sea salt

In a large pot, heat about 2 inches of oil over medium-heat until a thermometer reads 350°F.…

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Basic Nut Milk

Photo: Melissa King

Making nut milk is an easy process that’s pretty consistent among varieties. This basic formula is good for almonds, Brazil nuts, cashews, hazelnuts and pistachios. All the nuts will need to be soaked ahead of time, preferably overnight.…

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Strawberries and Mascarpone Cream

This delicate but elegant spring dessert is easy to make for a crowd. You will need 8 (4-ounce) Mason jars or similar serving vessels.

Makes 8 servings

1 pound strawberries, sliced
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon lemon juice
8 ounces pecans, chopped
16 ounces mascarpone
½ cup heavy cream
3 tablespoons honey
1 tablespoon vanilla extract or paste
Mint leaves, for garnish

Place strawberries, sugar and lemon juice in a bowl and allow to sit at room temperature for 30 minutes.…

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Spring Kale Salad with Green Goddess Dressing

Inspired by the beloved Cobb salad, this kale salad has everything spring has to offer.

Makes 8-10 servings

4 ounces prosciutto, thinly sliced
2 bunches kale (Tuscan and/or curly)
½ tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
3 boiled eggs, peeled and chopped
½ cup thinly sliced radishes
½ cup peas
½ cup sliced green onions
½ cup quality mayonnaise
⅓ cup sour cream
¼ cup loosely packed fresh parsley leaves
¼ cup loosely packed fresh basil leaves
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 anchovy fillet
Salt and pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 350°F.…

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Asparagus Tart

asparagus tart

Asparagus, the quintessential spring vegetable, shines in this delectable tart.

Makes 8 servings

1 sheet frozen puff pastry, thawed
4 ounces Fontina cheese, shredded
2 ounces Parmesan cheese, shredded
1 medium garlic clove, minced
1 pound slender asparagus, trimmed
1 tablespoon olive oil
10 teaspoons ricotta, drained
Pinch of salt

Preheat oven to 400°F.…

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Spinach and Feta Orzo Salad

This zesty, make-ahead spring salad is simple to prepare and bursting with flavor.

Makes 10-12 servings

1 pound orzo pasta
1 cup slivered almonds
¼ cup red wine vinegar
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
¼ teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
¾ cup extra-virgin olive oil
6 ounces baby spinach, chopped
6 ounces (about 1½ cups) feta cheese, crumbled
1½ tablespoons fresh thyme leaves

Cook the orzo in a large pot of salted water (it should taste slightly like the sea) until tender but firm; about 8 minutes.…

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Roasted Beet and Fennel Salad

This beet salad uses winter citrus to create a transition into spring. Sweet roasted beets, fennel and orange come together with a savory and lightly sweet white-wine vinaigrette.

Makes 8 servings

8 medium-sized beets
1 shallot, peeled
1 tablespoon canola oil
2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
1 teaspoon honey
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 medium-sized fennel bulb, sliced thinly
2 oranges, segmented
2 cups arugula

Preheat oven to 425°F.…

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Texas Rye Punch

Texas Rye Punch

Serve in a pitcher or punch bowl garnished with organic edible flowers—like pansies, violets, nasturtiums or marigold petals.

Serves 8 to 10

4 cups fresh grapefruit juice
2½ cups Herman Marshall Texas Rye Whiskey
⅔ cup sweet vermouth
1 cup club soda
Garnish: strawberries, grapefruit wheels, edible flowers

Pour grapefruit juice, whiskey, vermouth and club soda in punch bowl or pitcher.…

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Strawberry & Goat Cheese Popovers

Strawberry and Goat Cheese Popovers

Crispy on the outside, airy on the inside with a surprise—a strawberry-and-goat-cheese center.

Makes 6 large or 12 small popovers

Butter
2 cups milk
2 cups all-purpose flour
½ teaspoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon sea salt
3 eggs, at room temperature
4 ounces fresh goat cheese
2 tablespoons honey
¾ cup fresh strawberries, diced

Preheat oven to 450°F.…

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Asparagus Flatbread

Flatbread with Sweet Pea Pesto & Asparagus

Makes 2 large flatbreads/8 pieces each

2 ½ cups flour
1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoon sea salt
¼ cup olive oil
1 cup water
Sweet Pea Pesto (recipe follows)
1 pound asparagus
2 handfuls arugula
2 handfuls lettuce mix
Mint, Chives, and Parmesan curls

Make your flatbread dough.…

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