Oh my goodness, the month of March has just whizzed by. It’s so nice to see spring vegetables and herbs ready for cooking.
Since it’s almost Easter and I know you’ll be making something really good for your dinner, I thought I’d give a recipe for a nice fresh Bibb salad. Crispy, right out of the ground and washed of sand, this lettuce is delicious dressed in a maple-raspberry syrup, and sprinkled with some blue cheese and toasted pecans. Wow, won’t the rabbits in your yard be disappointed that they can’t join you for lunch. Come to think of it, I haven’t seen the rabbits in my yard lately. I’ll have to sneak out there in a while and see if I spy them eating clover.
¼ cup raspberry vinegar
2 ½ tablespoons maple syrup
2/3 cup vegetable oil or light olive oil if using right away
2 heads Bibb lettuce, torn into bite size pieces
1 small purple onion sliced into rings
4 ounces crumbles blue cheese
½ cup toasted pecans
Combine first 3 ingredients, whisking until blended. Set dressing aside. Arrange Bibb lettuce and onion rings on a platter. Sprinkle with blue cheese and pecans. Drizzle the dressing over the salad, serve. 4-6 servings.
*Olive oil can be used but if the dressing is refrigerated in advance you must let it come to room temperature before drizzling on the salad. Olive oil will congeal when cold.
While out this season planting bulbs such as tulips, daffodils and other spring-bloomers, put some aside and pot up a container or two. Gardeners who regularly pot up amaryllis or paperwhites for the holidays often don’t think to grow spring bulbs in pots that will bloom outdoors long after the indoor flowers are just a memory. It’s as quick and easy as potting up annuals.
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This exciting journey will be hosted by nationally known host Eric Johnson, of Public Television's blockbuster show GardenSmart. Your river cruise begins in Amsterdam where you'll see works by Rembrandt and Van Gogh, Anne Frank's House, and see the city's most famous gardens. Then spend a full morning on the grounds of the most beautiful spring garden in the world-Keukenhof! Visit the picturesque Belgian towns of Bruges and Ghent as well as Kinderdijk, with the Netherlands' iconic collection of 19 authentic windmills that is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In addition, history buffs will experience a captivating tour of the WWI trenches of Flanders and WWII Arnhem Battlefield of A Bridge Too Far fame. You won't want to miss this extraordinary garden adventure to Holland and Belgium.
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