March 31, 2015

We're celebrating spring and the glorious warmer weather with a salute to our favorite produce the season brings, including peas. With a vibrant green hue and a slight sweetness, peas are a delightful addition to any spring dish. Toss in pasta or create a creamy spread—any way you prepare them they'll be sure to shine this time of year.

Sweet Pea Crostini with Ricotta: First up, we have a staff-favorite dish from our April 2015 issue. With an easy-to-prepare homemade ricotta, this little bite offers fresh flavor with a creamy-crunchy texture that can't be beat. Serve these appetizers at a cocktail party this spring, and watch them disappear before your eyes.

Green Pea and Asparagus Soup with Poached Eggs and Toast: Silky, lush, but light, this soup is the perfect addition to your spring dinner rotation.The combination of leeks, green peas, and asparagus yields an outstanding soup in less than 20 minutes. And what could be a better topping to a dish than a poached egg?

Spring Veggie Pasta: This time of year, there's no better combination than carrots, peas, and asparagus. These all-star spring vegetables pair with fresh lasagna noodles and are drizzled with a light sauce and soft herbs for a delicate, simple dinner.

Spring Pea Salad with Creamy Curry Dressing: With a combination of radishes, peas, feta cheese, and fresh torn mint leaves, this salad adds a bright and refreshing touch to any spring brunch or dinner party. The best part, the curry dressing, brings a punch of bold flavor to this fresh salad.

Spring Pea and Pasta Salad with Chicken and Asparagus: Last, we have a delightful chicken and pasta salad that highlights fresh produce. Chicken and spring produce make one dynamic duo, but the real star of the dish is the peas. The chives and licorice-like tarragon partner with the sweet English peas to give it a bold, fresh flavor that really shines.

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