Swiss Chard, Asparagus + Leek Frittata with Oven-Roasted Tomatoes

TKB - swiss chard, leek, asparagus frittata with tomatoes

I like attractive food. I like bringing a dish to the table that elicits an anticipatory sigh of happiness. Sure, I love homely-looking dishes too, like this wild rice casserole, or these stuffed mushrooms I can’t seem to take a good picture of (and so aren’t yet posted).

I love the look of these eggs with bright, healthy greens throughout and wrinkled, vibrant tomatoes on top. Our farmer’s market opening day isn’t until May, so I’ll have to wait for local asparagus until then. But in the meantime, this spring veggie is available at an affordable price at the local grocery.

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Rainy Day Soup: Asparagus, Broccoli and Zucchini with Red Lentils

The Kitchen Beet - Asparagus, Zucchini, Broccoli, Red Lentil Soup

I secretly don’t mind the occasional rainy day as spring turns to summer. Don’t get me wrong, I love sunny, breezy days as much has the next person who puts up with six months of Michigan winter. Azure skies and hot temperatures beg for activities I love – we must go to the beach, spend afternoons at the pool, hike, bike and dine out on the deck while we can! But there’s something about a rainy day that makes me feel like the appropriate thing to do is spend the entire day in the kitchen, with a pot simmering while I work on other food prep. I love the warming flavors of ginger, turmeric and cayenne in this soup, and most of the veggies can be purchased at early summer market.

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Farmer’s Market Love: Asparagus-Shallot-Tomato Salad

The Kitchen Beet :: Asparagus-Shallot-Tomato Salad

If you’ve been following my Instagram feed lately, my Farmer’s Market obsession is apparent. Our Opening Day was this past Wednesday, and I had been looking forward to it like a kid counting down for a holiday. I love the community that gathers at our beautiful market space, our ability to support local farmers, and the dirt I find in between radish leaves, reminding me these vegetables were just picked. There is something about seasonal eating that feels so right and natural – of course we should be eating food that hasn’t traveled far, supports our neighbor and was harvested just now because it was time to harvest, not because we were forcing it.

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