For food fanatics, spring is the perfect time of year to add fresh produce back into your recipes and meals.
Using seasonal ingredients can really help capture and enhance the flavors of spring and bring your cuisine to life. Whether you’re using first yields from your garden or visiting the farmers market as soon as it opens, there are plenty of ways to take advantage of the season.
Chef Alex Guarnaschelli, a recent winner on Food Network’s Iron Chef and a regular judge on Chopped, is a fan of using fresh nuts to enhance some of her favorite spring recipes. Here are her recommendations for taking your spring cuisine to a new level:
And who can forget about dessert? Strawberries are some of the earliest arriving berries; you can’t go wrong with Chef Guarnaschelli’s recipe for strawberry crostatas with walnuts. Find this recipe and more of Chef Guarnaschelli’s favorite recipes at www.fishernuts.com/alex.
Strawberry Crostata with Walnuts
2 cups all-purpose flour, plus some additional for rolling out the dough
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
Zest of 1 lemon
1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter, cubed and chilled
3 to 4 tablespoons ice water
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
2 pints strawberries, hulled and split
1/4 cup plus 1 teaspoon granulated sugar, divided
1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon cornstarch
3/4 cup Fisher Walnut Halves, coarsely chopped