Sunday, May 15, 2016

Gaspee Days and Memorial Day Weekend Heat Up the BBQ Warwick, RI

Yes, this is the onset of Gaspee Days in Warwick, Rhode Island. While enjoying the long weekend courtesy of Memorial Day, many of us will spend a day down in Pawtuxet Village at the Gaspee Days Arts and Crafts Festival. Then, hopefully after a successful day of browsing and shopping, we'll return to our backyards and decks to fire up the BBQ. Let the summer begin.

Snack food should be fun and easy. We love deviled eggs and find these 

Gaspee Days - Governor Francis Farms

Try preparing these skewers of Chicken Satay early so they can go on the grill as you need them.

Gaspee Days - Governor Francis Farms

We love burgers at my house so we'll be grilling classic favorites with spicy new twists. 
These Andouille and Beef Burgers are a mouthful of flavor.

Gaspee Days - Governor Francis Farms

A fabulous sidedish I found packs great visual interest and a fresh surprise on an old classic. 
The Grilled Zucchini Salad is loaded with the texture of Romano cheese and pine nuts.

Gaspee Days - Governor Francis Farms

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Harvest of Fresh Spring Produce Fills Salad Bowls

Finally we are able to enjoy the fresh produce of spring. The early gardens are generous. 
Produce stands are once again laden with the good, green things of which salads are made.

 When we go to the market we can't help but see the bounty of the season. The colorful mosaic created by the many varieties of lettuce has an immediate effect on us. Armies of asparagus stand upright on their turfs of crushed ice. Jumbles of peapods overflow from their bins. Baskets and ropes of the sweetest spring onions beckon at every turn. Each day there is more and more from which to select. And each day we become more and more convinced. The official salad season is here.

The tenderest and freshest of ingredients are truly a breath of spring after the stale,
 heavy flavors of winter. Take full advantage of the bounty of spring and serve these salads
 as often as you can. The season is short; summer really is right around the corner!


                                                          Spring Potato Salad with Walnuts and Green Beans