Spring has officially sprung. Despite the cold, snowy start to the season and Punxatawny Phil’s promise of 6 additional weeks of winter, spring is really here and we couldn’t be more excited.
For many, spring is a time of renewal. Out with the old and in with the new. Garages, attics, and closets all across the country are experiencing a thorough cleaning and massive overhaul in an effort to clear out some of their owner’s unwanted junk. Light and fresh is the feeling for spring. While this is true for old storage spaces, that same way of thinking can also translate into the kitchen.
Fresh flowers, fruits, and veggies are the name of the game this season. Strawberries and asparagus are two of the more popular springtime staples. However, fruits and vegetables such as leeks, peas, artichokes, pineapples, rhubarb, and much more also come into season this time of year. This variety of flavors is perfect for transitioning your palette from hearty winter meals to fresh spring fare.
Whether your goal is to shed your winter weight, learn to eat healthier, or just experience new foods, Copper Chef has a variety of great recipes for you to try. Everything from cold pasta dishes to filling vegetarian dishes can easily be made in your copper pots and pans.
One great dish that will help usher in the beginning of spring is our savory Beef Stew that you can make in your Copper Chef casserole pan. A generous portion of beef cooked with hearty vegetables such as peas, potatoes, carrots, and celery come together beautifully in a light stock or broth. With rosemary and thyme as your main seasonings, you’ll begin to easily transform from winter to spring in each bite.
Another flavorful meal to add to your menu this spring couldn’t be named any better because it has spring right in the name. Copper Chef’s Pasta Primavera recipe is light enough for lunch but hearty enough for dinner. This dish uses a blend of zucchini, baby carrots, and cherry tomatoes tossed together with farfalle pasta in a white wine sauce. It’s easy enough to make on a busy school night or to enjoy with a nice glass of wine in your backyard on the weekend.
An ingredient that we love to use, but is often an unsung hero in the culinary world is artichoke. For many, their issue with artichokes is finding the right balance for using this vegetable properly. Some people steer clear from the overwhelming taste that artichokes can have by masking it completely, only using it for texture. On the other hand, other recipes completely miss the mark and involve too much artichoke, lacking the ingredients to help cut it. With the Copper Chef’s Stuffed Artichoke recipe, the artichoke finally gets the spotlight it deserves. This recipe helps to perfectly blend the flavor of the artichoke with the stuffing to create a harmonious and delicious meal that is truly reminiscent of spring.
These are just a few of our favorite recipes to help usher in springtime. With so many vegetables coming into season, the options for playing with flavors and creating new dishes are endless. What are some of your favorite dishes that you cook to help celebrate the season?