Whenever I spy the word 'caprese,' whether on a menu or in a cookbook, I snap to attention. 'Caprese,' which means 'in the style of Capri,' is best known for caprese salad and includes three of my favorites Ė basil, tomatoes and fresh mozzarella.
Now that the weather has finally turned lovely, the last place I want to be is indoors. Would I rather be planting iris or peeling potatoes? This pasta dish is particularly easy and a great way to showcase fresh asparagus.
Now that spring really and truly is here, my appetite has shifted gears from heavy meals to light suppers.
You donít need a mountain of sugar to appreciate rhubarb. Other flavors such as orange, grapefruit and ginger flatter rhubarb, as does the aforementioned strawberry.
In honor of jockey Rosie Napravnik and her unique toughness, Iím going to shake up a unique ginger mint julep to watch her ride Mylute in the Kentucky Derby.
Flan is a Latin American treat made by pouring custard into a caramel-coated dish, which is baked in a water bath. Once removed from the oven, cooled and inverted onto a plate, it becomes a delightful dessert.
Even more than waiting for the first daffodil to open or spying the hummingbirdsí return to the nectar feeder do I anticipate fresh Michigan strawberry season.
Instead of a big mountain of mashed potatoes dripping with butter, opt for some tiny taters from Trader Joeís. These little darlings are smaller than fingerlings and perfect for the skillet.
I love halibut's clean, delicate and light sea flavors, and it needs very little preparation whether itís broiled, pan roasted or grilled.
Iíd really be hard pressed to name my favorite vegetable. I love them all (well, most of them, anyway) and aside from being healthy, they always add color to the plate. But asparagus rates right up there at the top.
Detroit News Food Writer
Kate Lawson is The Detroit News' food writer. She writes two weekly columns, Simply the Best, which appears every Thursday in Eats & Drinks and Friday in the HomeStyle section as well as food-related stories about cooking and baking trends, nutrition, the latest tools, professional chefs and even home cooks. Kate has also served as judge for the Pillsbury Bake-Off and the National Chicken Cook-Off.
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- Favorite cooking tool: hand blender
- Favorite cookbook author: Donna Hay
- Latest favorite cookbook: "Apples for Jam" by Tessa Kiros
- Favorite comfort food: pasta
- Cooking advice: Buy the best chef's knife you can afford. You will never regret it.
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