Weekend Special – First Day of Spring

Daffodils_VaseSnow, sleet and rain may be in the forecast but Friday is the first day of spring! So let out a big yahoo and celebrate the vernal equinox. Whether you get together for a belated Saint Paddy’s feast or skip the corned beef and cabbage, have a great evening. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

Start the evening with a warm and cheesy bite. Treat your guests to a tasty Tartelettes au Fromage avec Saucisse et Poireaux (tiny tarts with gruyere, sausage and leeks) or Savory Galette with Spinach, Mushrooms & Manchego. Both are delicious.

Now to the table! Lure your friends away from the fireplace with a beautiful salad. Try my colorful Rainbow Salad with Black Olive Vinaigrette or just as colorful Mixed Reds & Greens Salad with Roasted Garlic & Shallot Vinaigrette.

Moving on, how about Lamb Shanks for a nod to Saint Paddy. The shanks are braised in Guinness with lots of root veggies. Serve them with Not-Really-Irish and Not-Really-French Potato Gratin.

Unless you’d prefer beef. Try my or Braised Short Ribs. Complete the dinner with Roasted Cauliflower and the Not-Really-Irish and Not-Really-French spuds.

Something sweet will hit the spot. It’s maple season so what could be better than Maple-Nut Sundaes. Whip up a batch of Maple Sauce – you’ll be so glad you did. If you want something a little fancy then try my Maple Mousse. On the other hand, who can resist Apple Crisp.

Have a great evening and bon appétit!

What are your plans for the weekend? I’d love to hear from you! Let’s get a conversation going.

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© Susan W. Nye, 2015

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