Rhubarb, a reddish pink vegetable that grows in celery-like stalks that start appearing early in the spring, has a pleasing tartness, so it pairs well with sweet strawberries in a jam. See the recipe for Rhubarb-Strawberry Jam »
This braided bread, which is probably Byzantine in origin, is traditionally perfumed with the essence of makhlepi, the seeds of Mediterranean wild cherries. Check your local specialty stores for hard-to-find Greek ingredients. See the recipe for Greek Easter Bread »
Fresh Pea Soup
The famed 14th-century French chef Taillevent made pea soup with milk, chicken, and eggs. Ours is far simpler. When buying fresh green peas–which appear in markets under several names, among them shell peas, english peas, and garden peas–look for pods that are bright green in color and snap crisply when you bend them. Although peas often become available in the spring, they are usually at their best in the summer months. See the recipe for Fresh Pea Soup »
Crunchy Spring Salad
This recipe comes from Margo True’s piece ¿The Accidental Pioneer” (April 2005) about Laura Chenel, the pioneering cheese maker who created American chevre. Chenel advised us to use the juice of Meyer lemons–in season from winter through late spring–to dress this salad. See the recipe for Crunchy Spring Salad »
Olive oil and lemon juice complement tender artichokes in this Provençal dish.