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Ham and Spring Vegetable Soup (a.k.a. Hot Ham Water)

Happy Day 3 of Arrested Development Week!  Only 6 days to go, and you, my little chicken dancers, must be hungry.  And that’s what this is for.  A solid springtime meal for a solid springtime Monday.

Ham and Spring Vegetable Soup--rich and insanely flavorful. #recipe

You may be in a sweets coma, after all–did you see ?    They put the Bluths’ bananas to shame, but we all know the Bluths are only in it for the money.  This is frozen bananas, with love (i.e. sprinkles).

So, to help you recover, we’re making soup.  In honor of Lindsay Bluth Funke, born Nellie Sitwell: charity event-thrower, cause taker-upper (HOOP, anyone?), shopper, unsuccessful business launcher, hands-off mother (to someone who just happens to be one of the coolest characters in television–so “Maeby” there’s something to the Funkes’ parenting style; I’m just saying).

(Yes, if I had children, it’s possible I would gather parenting insights from sitcoms.  Let’s all be grateful that I do not.)

(photo from http://fashionandhistrionics.blogspot.com/)

Lindsay is by no means domestic, but when she tries, .  It’s a fine idea–and revolutionary, to boot–but I’m thinking Hot Ham and Vegetable Water would be even better.

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Shaved Asparagus and Ham Salad with Dill

So, as it turns out, I’m pretty good at being totally behind and somehow also ahead at the same time?

I don’t have an Easter recipe for you, although I think that pork chops with rhubarb sauce are perfect casual Easter dinner material, that this orzo salad would make a great side, that you should take cheese puffs everywhere, and that Easter is the perfect time to kick off ice cream season.  I also–and this is what I mean by being kind of ahead of things–have an idea for your leftovers.  Ham, specifically…  Alongside lots of fresh, crunchy vegetables.

Shaved Asparagus and Ham Salad with Dill. Spring on a plate.

With all due respect to bagged greens, there is so much more fun to be had with salad.  I’m pretty sure almost any vegetable can be turned into a base for salad, whether raw, roasted, steamed, shredded, sliced, shaved…  The possibilities are, well, not endless (endful?), but close.  So let’s play with vegetables.  (And PORK.)

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Asparagus and Edamame Soup with Dill and Pancetta

When I tell people I like to cook, they often ask what I like to cook, and I tend to find myself stammering.  I don’t know, uh, everything?

But then I remember how I feel when others say the same thing about their taste in music.  You like everything?  Really?  Nobody likes everything.  And so, no, I don’t like to cook everything.  My go-to answer to that question is becoming “Soup and anything spicy.”  I might have to refine the spicy part, because that’s probably a lie, too.  I’m sure I have limits.

Soup is the ultimate in comfort and love.  While I do not eat/make much of it in the warmer seasons, the need for comfort knows no calendar.  Sometimes soup is just the right thing to do for yourself.

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Spring Pea and Asparagus Risotto

Is “stirring” on your list of hobbies?

… No?  Same here.  I’m not THAT much of a looney tune.

But here’s a sampling of what I do like doing:

-Make not-fizzy mimosas with Moscato I have left over from making sabayon.  I don’t like sweet wine, but I’m not throwing it out, okay?  It’s wine just like any other wine.  Does it not have feelings?  Does. It. Not. Bleed?!?!

-Pick out nail polish based solely on the names.  Current favorites: “Bam-blue-zled” and “Follow me on glitter.”

-.  No, really!  At least today and yesterday.

-Eat risotto.  This is the one that’s relevant.  And to make risotto, we must stir.  Stir valiantly, my friends.  You will be rewarded.

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Pea and Asparagus Orzo with Tarragon, Mint and Lemon

I went to the dentist for a cleaning yesterday and the hygienist let me pick the color of the toothbrush I got in the little goody bag.  After giggling for a second, I sheepishly picked purple over pink and went on my merry way.  Poll: does this happen to adults?  I was wearing shoes that make me over 6 feet tall, a profesh-lady outfit and glasses.  Glasses!  I thought they make me look serious.  Maybe they just make me look like someone who would throw a hissy fit over the wrong toothbrush color.  I’ll never know.

My favorite color, though, (besides black–boring, I know) is probably green.  I like to wear it, surround myself with it, and eat it.  I suppose I don’t HAVE to brush my teeth with it.  Whatever.

Needless to say…  I really, really like spring food.  It’s that time.  Artichokes, cucumber, fresh herbs, asparagus, and peas!

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