I've always loved the arrival of spring. The days feel infinitely longer and there's a lightness in the air that only comes around once a year. I want to savor each moment of sun, so the things I prepare in the kitchen are quick to prepare and full of fresh flavors. I first discovered this recipe for Pea Pesto Crostini around the holidays (seen here) and it's been a staple ever since. I often find pesto to be overpowering, but this one is subtle and robust at the same time. Plus, it pretty much looks like spring in the form of food, and that never gets old.
Holiday entertaining is both exciting and daunting, since making a strong first-food impression often sets the tone for the rest of the party. I've had my over-the-top moments where I've tried to create complicated appetizers (one resulted in a small fire), but I've found that ...read more