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Spring is just about upon us!  I absolutely love Spring.  On my power walks, I'm already seeing some flowers blooming, trees are covered in blossoms and the air is both crisp and warm.

But you know what I really love?  Spring fruits and vegetables.  Just when I thought if I had to buy one more apple, pear or cara cara that I'd feel my eyes cross-Spring arrives.  I will only have to buy a winter squash if I want too, not because that's all that's affordable.  

Yes!  Asparagus is now nice and tender and thin-the woody stocks that shred when you try and cut them are almost off the shelves.  Sugar snap peas are looking a lot healthier and plumper and the spinach and tomatoes aren't suffering from "hot house" syndrome.

Salads will be easier to put together.  The holiday dinners (Easter and Passover) will look, feel and taste lighter-better for the ensuing summer short and bathing suit season.

Do any of you have special foods that arrive this time of the year?  Strawberries come to mind.

Can there be anything better than a berry (and not one that's been shipped in from Chile) freshly hulled and eaten on its own?  Or in a bowl of cereal, added to a spinach salad, dipped into dark chocolate or even with a dollop of whipped cream or sour cream and powdered sugar?

Carrots seem to be sweeter once Spring arrives.  My grandson loves candied carrots-they're so easy to make.  I usually peel and slice them from a 5 pound bag (let's not forget that yours truly is a veggie fanatic and eats lots of carrots, celery and jicama sticks daily!).  However, if the bags of baby peeled ones are ready-you can easily use them instead.

On Wednesday-I'll share some of my favorite ways to serve some of these luscious Spring fruits and vegetables.


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