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Spring’s almost here!  Thank goodness.  It rained a good portion of my weekend, but I could still see the telltale signs-pink blossoms on fruit trees, my mint springing up all over its original bed and a good portion of our slope and then there was my trip to the produce market!

Asparagus was abounding-and the stalks were nice and thin, not the size of a small tree trunk, plus it was so affordable that I bought 2 pounds worth.

Can you tell they‘re one of my favorites?  

Made them by simply snapping off the bottoms, giving them a light spray of olive oil and mixing them with some minced garlic, kosher salt and freshly ground pepper.  Unfortunately, due to the aforementioned rain, they were roast in the oven for 20 minutes instead of outside on the BBQ.

Same could be said for the BBQ pork ribs.  Another Spring favorite around my house.  I dry rubbed those in some Montreal Steak seasoning and roasted them for 3-1/2 hours at 250 in the oven as well.  Then I liberally coated them with Jack Daniel’s BBQ sauce and continued the “Low and Slow” method for yet another 1-1/2 hours.

Besides the asparagus, I also bought some great looking Asian pears, strawberries and our St. Pat’s day corned beef.

Spring always comes just in the nick of time-doesn’t it?  Just as I, for one, am just about ready to scream if I have to eat one more apple-it arrives along with wonderful berries and stone fruits!

What do you love to eat in the Spring?  Do you have an out-of-the-box way of preparing corned beef?  A great and different way to serve berries?  A slightly different recipe for Irish Soda Bread?

Let’s share some of those recipes and ideas in the coming weeks!

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      Vikki Hall wrote Mar 2, 2010
    • Ok I think you know by now my cooking is limited.... however I am going to try to do some bbq cooking this year. Can’t live in Memphis and not attempt a bbq!

      As for my spring favorites.... anything outside and on the grill! Especially veggies.....

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      Carine Nadel wrote Mar 2, 2010
    • I’m such a socal girl that we put things on the grill as long as it doesn’t pour down on us!  last night, dh chose t-bone, mushrooms and onions and I made some couscous.

      grilling adobo chicken thighs, zucchini and spuds-courtesy of our grill.

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