The record breaking summer-in-March weather is over. Spring with a dash of winter is back. Unlike fall when New Hampshire shines with brilliant color, the early spring landscape is all shades of grey and tan. If it didn’t feel so chill and damp, it would be quite beautiful in a dreary sort of way.
Surrounded by the dull colors of early spring, it’s time for a taste of the Mediterranean. Whether you think Sicily or North Africa, imagine bright blue, cloudless skies and warm, dry days.
Bring that sunny daydream to a dinner with friends and family!
Relax and enjoy your guests! Put your feet up and relax around the fire with a glass of dry white wine. Nibble on a few Spicy Olives and Roasted Almonds. And don’t forget to make up a batch of my favorite Middle Eastern dip, Baba Ganoush. Serve it with fresh veggies and warm pita triangles.
The Main Event: What else but Moroccan Chicken with Green Olives & Preserved Lemons? If you didn’t whip up a batch of Preserved Lemons last week, you may be able to find some in your local supermarket, specialty foods shop or on-line. Serve the chicken with Couscous with Dried Fruit & Pine Nuts or Israeli Couscous. Top off the main course with Grilled or Roasted Vegetables.
End the evening on a sweet note: You can stay with the Moroccan theme and enjoy light and bright Honeyed Apricot with Creamy Yogurt or bake up one of my favorite spring desserts, Lemon Tart. I know lemons are available all year long but for some reason they just shout spring to me!
Have a wonderful weekend and bon appétit!
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© Susan W. Nye, 2012