Rhubarb Upside Down Cake

As I sit in the springtime garden writing this, happy birds are playing in the bird bath, flowers are bursting into bloom, and the air smells sweet and fresh. Truly a wonderful spring afternoon. In celebration of the season, our rhubarb theme continues, this time with a new twist on the popular apple tart tatin. Caramelized rhubarb is topped with batter and baked in the oven, for a straightforward and delicious springtime dessert, in this recipe from Saveur.

Strawberry Rhubarb Upside Down Cake
Rhubarb Upside Down Cake

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Strawberry-Rhubarb Cobbler with Lemon

It’s rhubarb season in Seattle. That special window of time when strawberries and rhubarb coincide and you must make all manner of special desserts to fully enjoy the moment. This flexible two-part slow-cooker cobbler from epicurious lets you make the rhubarb part in advance, if you like, and then bake the lemony biscuits at the time of your rhubarb celebration.

Lemony Strawberry Rhubarb Cobbler
Lemony Strawberry Rhubarb Cobbler

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Fresh Pea and Mint Soup with Chive Oil (And Garlic Rubbed Toasts)

Springtime is greentime in Seattle. And nothing says springtime better than this vibrantly fresh pea and mint soup from epicurious, via our friend Natalie. Bright, fresh pea flavors mingle with silky, flavorful swirls of chive oil. Add garlic-rubbed toasts for the perfect springtime dinner.

Fresh Pea & Mint Soup with Chive Oil
Fresh Pea & Mint Soup with Chive Oil

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Cool as a Cucumber-Tarragon Gin & Tonic

The idea for this cocktail was inspired by the warm summery weather Seattle’s been enjoying, plus the beautiful green tarragon growing in our herb bed. After a long day at work, nothing’s more refreshing than an evening spent in a garden oasis drinking cooling muddled cucumber with a little gin and tarragon.

Cucumber Tarragon Gin & Tonic
Cucumber Tarragon Gin & Tonic
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Spring Vegetable Alfredo, With or Without Chicken

It’s spring-ish summery weather here in Seattle, and we’re looking for dishes that are easy to make and stuffed full of vegetables. So, we love this recipe from Cooking Light, which has the extra bonus of a rich-tasting Alfredo sauce, without being too heavy or fatty.

Spring Vegetable with Alfredo and Pasta
Spring Vegetable with Alfredo and Pasta

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Cherry Clafouti – A Deliciously Simple Dessert

If you can make a pancake, you can make cherry clafouti. In fact, even if flipping a pancake is a bit of a challenge, you can make cherry clafouti. You just stir together a simple batter, pour it over a pan with cherries in it, and bake it off in the oven. Easy, delicious simplicity.

Cherry Clafouti
Cherry Clafouti

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Cold Orzo, Spinach & Kalamata Salad with Garden Herbs

It’s been hot in Seattle! And, as a delicate northwest flower, it’s nice not to heat up the kitchen with too much cooking. So, this orzo salad (plus the abundance of tarragon and parsley) made sense as a bring-to-work lunch this week. It would also be fabulous for a picnic or a potluck.

Orzo Spinach Salad - Perfect Picnic Fare
Orzo Spinach Salad – Perfect Picnic Fare

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