What I’m Cooking This Month: April

on April 16, 2012
Mark Boughton/styling: Teresa Blackburn

Three-Cheese Spinach Lasagna

My mother-in-law loves this lasagna, so I make it for her every time we visit. It's a "white" lasagna, which seems simpler to me to make than lasagna with red sauce. I toss just about any kind of seasonal greens into it. Recipe: Three-Cheese Spinach Lasagna

Mark Boughton/styling: Teresa Blackburn

Fresh Strawberry Pie

When I picked 8 quarts of strawberries last Saturday, I had this recipe in mind. After tasting the pie, I thought "this tastes more like a strawberry than a strawberry itself!" The strawberries' natural juice is the glue that holds the berries together. Recipe: Fresh Strawberry Pie

Mark Boughton/styling: Teresa Blackburn

Spaghetti Carbonara

Carbonara is the ultimate pantry dish that's good enough to serve guests. It's also a great dish to add vegetables too - such as zucchini here. Recipe: Spaghetti Carbonara

Mark Boughton/styling: Teresa Blackburn

Shrimp with Chimichurri Dipping Sauce

This time of year my garden is full of parsley, mint, oregano, thyme and sage - everything but hot-tempered basil. This chimichurri adapts well to any herb and is my all-purpose sauce. Recipe: Shrimp with Chimichurri Dipping Sauce

Mark Boughton/styling: Teresa Blackburn

Orzo Veggies

I've nick-named this fresh mix the "ultimate potluck dish." Why? Because it travels well and lends itself to infinite variations. Recipe: Orzo Veggies

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Edamame Dip with Pita Crisps

Edamame just seems spring-like to me. I always have a bag in the freezer for fritatas, pasta, and this hummus. And for the occasional twisted ankle. Recipe: Edamame Dip with Pita Crisps

Mark Boughton/styling: Teresa Blackburn

Feta-Stuffed Glazed Chicken Quarters

My go-to chicken dish that's equally as good with chicken thighs as the leg quarters shown here. Save the remains for a quick flavorful stock. Recipe: Feta-Stuffed Glazed Chicken Quarters

Mark Boughton/styling: Teresa Blackburn

Mini Lemon Tarts

My kids love these little lemon tarts, that contain only 3 simple ingredients. Just give the kids a juicer and a rotary mixer then let'em go. For a video of me and the kids making the tarts click here. Recipe: Mini Lemon Tarts

Mark Boughton/styling: Teresa Blackburn

Pasta with Clam Sauce

I've been making this recipe for years - that is when I have fresh parsley and lemons, which are a must. Recipe: Pasta with Clam Sauce

Teresa Blackburn

Fresh Strawberry Sponge Cake

Relish food stylist Teresa Blackburn makes food as great to look at as it is to eat. This simple strawberry shortcake is from her blog, which is a feast for the eyes. Check it out. Recipe: Fresh Strawberry Sponge Cake