Rainy Weekend Special – An Early Spring Dinner

Checking the weekend weather, there is good news and bad news. It looks like rain. Good news for the garden and New England’s drought but bad news for any outdoor activities you might have planned.

It’s a good weekend to curl up with a book or a movie marathon or pull out the tins for a cupcake bake-a-thon. Wait a minute! Back up that train! Ignore the impulse to hibernate. Instead rifle through that pile of recipes you’ve been meaning to try and get a group together.

Here are a few ideas for an early spring dinner on a rainy weekend:

Take it Slow: Ever since I spent an April weekend in Italy eating artichokes, artichokes and more artichokes, spring has been synonymous with this wonderful treat. Gather around the table and enjoy Steamed Artichokes with Bagna Cauda or Warm Lemon-Garlic Sauce. Unless you prefer to sit around the fire for a chat and nibble on my Artichoke Leaves with Shrimp & Sundried Tomato Dip.

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And When You’re Ready for the Main Course: Linguine with Sundried Tomato Pesto & Roasted Eggplant combines the comfort of pasta with a taste of the warm and sunny Sicily. Not ready for a vegetarian dinner? Toss a few Shrimp in a pan or Chicken on the Grill(pan). Top it off with a lovely Green Salad and add a couple of Goat Cheese Crostini for crunch.

For something sweet? Feel like baking? How about my favorite Lemon Tart? It’s sunny and bright on a dark day. For a little spice, enjoy an absolutely delicious Ginger Crème Brûlée. Either will delight your guests (and you)!

Have a wonderful weekend! Bon appétit!

Want more? Click Here! for more seasonal menus or Here! for a complete list of and links to all the recipes on this blog!

What’s on tap for you this weekend? I’d love to hear from you! Let’s get a conversation going. To make a comment, just click on Comments below. I’d be delighted to add you to the growing list of blog subscribers. To subscribe: just scroll back up, fill in your email address and click on the Sign Me Up button.

And if you’ve got a minute … many thanks for taking a look at my philanthropic project Eat Well-Do Good. Why not join me at the next Eat Well-Do Good dinner?

© Susan W. Nye, 2012

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