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Tim Vidra

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You can sense spring is in the air when fresh asparagus starts to hit stores and farmers markets. Sure, you can hunt down some sad, tough spears throughout the year, but springtime is when it’s at its tender peak. Whether I am grilling, roasting or steaming asparagus, I always cook it so that it retains it’s color and crunch. No soggy mushy asparagus for me. The same is true for this easy, colorful, and flavorful side dish. [Read more...]

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Tim Vidra

Plated Broccolini

Broccolini sometimes gets referred to as “baby” broccoli, but it is actually a cross between broccoli and kai-lan — a Chinese broccoli variety which is part of the cabbage family. It has a somewhat sweeter flavor than traditional broccoli, but no fear, you can substitute this vegetable into most of your broccoli recipes. One of the many great aspects to broccolini is the edible stalks, which is the precise reason I like to use it to dress up simple dishes. [Read more...]

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Brussels sprouts are in the height of the season right now, right along with cabbage. They look like just little mini cabbages, except for the fact they grow on a stalk! I’m not sure why there are so many people who are not fans of Brussels sprouts, but I always lean on the side that you’ve just not had them prepared correctly if that’s the case. This recipe combines amazing flavors — from the bacon, mustard, and of course the Brussels sprouts themselves. So lets get cooking! [Read more...]

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