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Recipes That Put Us In The Mood For Spring

When warmer weather arrives, most of us get the urge to eat light. Our cravings move away from mashed potatoes and hot soup, and go toward light salads and cool dishes. These are recipes that will make you feel fresh a
nd breezy, just like springtime itself.

Mixed Berry Compote

Just the name of this recipe is enough to make your mouth water for juicy berries marinated in citrus and sugar. Serve by itself or over a scoop of French vanilla ice cream.


  • 3 cups berries, fresh or thawed frozen (blueberries, raspberries and blackberries will do nicely)
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons lemon or lime juice

Melt the butter in a saucepan and add the sugar and citrus. Stir until smooth. Toss the berries in and cook on low for about 3 minutes. Best served warm.

Artichoke – Parmesan Bruschetta

As artichokes begin appearing on your grocer’s shelves, you may long for new ways to enjoy this exotic vegetable. This recipe doesn’t have to include fresh artichokes, however, the commercial, jarred variety will do just as well.


  • 1 loaf of Italian bread
  • ¼ cup Parmesan cheese, shredded
  • 1 jar artichoke hearts (or fresh artichoke hearts)
  • Olive oil

Slice the Italian bread into 1-inch thick slices, and toast them. Drizzle the slices with olive oil. Place one artichoke heart on each slice and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Place under the broiler until the cheese is melted. Serve warm.


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