Any day now, it will actually begin to feel like spring and our cold-weather doldrums will be replaced by warm-weather happiness. Just picture meals cooked and enjoyed outside — spontaneous lunches, picnics, grilling, oh my!
You, being the great home cook you are, want to make sure you’re well-prepared for when these daydreams come to fruition. Spring produce is magnificent and you may find yourself with an embarrassment of asparagus glaring at you from the counter. It’s also time to plot your spring desserts! Carrot cake feels appropriate, but maybe you don’t feel like stacking layers and doing a detailed frosting job and, honestly, you prefer cookies (I’ll admit this is hyper-specific, but we have a solution!) A holiday spread doesn’t magically appear through wishful thinking. How do you honor timeless tradition with new classics? Is there a way for classic Easter ham and herby potatoes to get a glow-up? And I hate to be the one to tell you this, but there will still be random Tuesdays this month where you’re exhausted with a bunch of mouths to feed. Luckily in such constraints, we always have speedy seafood, one-pan skillets, noodle stir-fries, pizza, dinner salads, and everything in between.
If you need a little help drafting your spring playbook, this list should give you a boost up or, at the very least, offer a big little burst of fresh inspiration. Let’s dive right into all of the recipes we’re overly enthusiastic about cooking this April. Warning: This list may cause strong desires to run to a farmers market near you.