Strawberry Rhubarb Tart with Pistachio Frangipane

Strawberry Rhubarb Tart with Pistachio Frangipane

Even though Spring sprung a few weeks ago it didn’t truly feel like the warm weather was on its way until this weekend. New England was more like a tropical oasis than ever but this Strawberry and Rhubarb Tart with Pistachio Frangipane and Fennel Dust is what really made me feel those Spring and Summer vibes. Eating it felt like a friendly slap (love tap?) in the face from the gorgeous weather to come.

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Grapefruit “Black and White” Cookies

Grapefruit "Black and White" Cookies

“Black and White” cookie? “Half and Half” cookie? The original German name “Amerikaner” cookie? Whatever you call them, the one thing we can all agree on is these cookies are freaking delicious, amiright?! Its like a soft angel food cake and a buttery shortbread cookie had a delectably chewy baby. And the frosting. It should illegal how much frosting sits on top of (underneath?) this cookie. They really are one of the most perfect cookies ever. And this particular version is chock full of inspiration.

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Buttermilk Chicken with Lemon Poppy Vegetables

Buttermilk Chicken with Lemon Poppy Vegetables
Its Spring on a plate!!

We eat a good amount of chicken in my house. It’s one of the few meals that the munchkin will consistently eat. So when I had a request to write an easy chicken and vegetable recipe, the difficulty wasn’t in coming up with one but narrowing down my favorite! And this buttermilk chicken recipe is definitely one of my favorites.

Even though my culinary background is pretty extensive, during the week I like to cook as simple as I can. Something that is exciting and crave-able but doesn’t have me standing in the kitchen all night. A dish like this Buttermilk Chicken with Lemon Poppy Seed Vegetables ticks all of the boxes and then some. The great thing about this dish, as with most chicken and roasted vegetable recipes, is that it is so versatile. The veggies can change with the seasons or taste preferences. Not a fan of green veggies? Sub with colored cauliflower! Don’t like radishes? No problem! Toss in extra carrots. Don’t have poppy seeds in your pantry? Just leave them out and make a citrus vinaigrette. There are no limitations to this recipe.

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Blueberry Basil Brioche Swirl Bread

Blueberry Basil Swirl Bread

Fun fact: I’ve been baking since I was barely able to look over the kitchen counter. I was a 6-year-old who preferred to bake brownies and cookies than play with toys or run around with the other kids. I was drawn to the beauty and science of baking long before I fell in love with the hot line. And even though I have a pretty strong history as a savory chef, part of me wonders where I (and/or my career) would be if I had gone the sweet route instead diving into the world of salt, fire, and skillets. Thankfully these days have been a sweet and salty balance of both worlds. And this swirl bread recipe with blueberry and basil is a perfect way to satisfy both cravings.

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New Orleans Creole Shrimp with Maque Choux

New Orleans Creole Shrimp with Maque Choux

Is it possible to love a city without ever visiting? While there is much debate about which cities are the best in the country, I’d argue that New Orleans has to be one of the top. And yes, I feel confident saying that even though I’ve never been… yet. I mean, it’s not difficult to see why I, and plenty others, love the food (and culture) of New Orleans. Whether it’s the history, the heart and soul that can be tasted in every plate, or the unique seasonings that never shy from in-your-face flavors, the food of New Orleans is in a world all it’s own.

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Mango Margarita with Sriracha Salt

Mango Margarita with Sriracha Salt

Cheeeeers to the weekend!!! If you’re like me and live in New England this will be an extra special weekend because of Marathon Monday! It’s unfortunately looking like another wet and windy one for the runners, but there will no doubt be any lack of support on the sidelines. And if you’re also like me, celebrating with a chilled mango margarita sounds like the perfect weekend activity. Whether you’re celebrating the long weekend, completion of the marathon, or just wanting to wash away the previous week, The Farmstead Table has just the cocktail for you! This Mango Margarita with Sriracha Salt (that’s right, Sriracha Salt!) is the perfect blend of spicy, sweet, and tart. It’s the perfect drink to brighten any celebration!

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Maple Pecan Swirl Sourdough

Maple Pecan Swirl Sourdough

I love bread. I love eating it. I love making it. If I could, I’d do nothing but eat and make bread every day for the rest of my life. Homemade sourdough has to be one of the world’s most perfect foods. Just 3 simple ingredients, with a little manipulation and time, can produce a unique microcosm of flavors and beneficial health properties. I dare you to find anything wrong with sourdough bread. There’s even evidence proving that those with certain gluten intolerances can comfortably enjoy this none-artificially yeasted, fermented bread product!

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Grilled Whole Fish With Red Curry and Coconut

Whole fish with red curry and coconut

Welp, apparently the entire US is battling some sort of end-of-winter type storm right now but the gradual rise in warm spring temps has sparked all kinds of excitement for the upcoming seasons. Spring and summer are looking to be very busy (and fun!) for my family! But between planning birthday parties, going to soccer practice (Side note: is there anything cuter than a bunch of 2 year olds playing sports?), and lounging by the lake (… I guess we’ll have to work some time too), my family is making a point to plan our yearly camping trip as well. I’ve been an avid camper since I was a baby chef and I am so thankful that my wife and munchkin find as much joy in it as I do.

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Souffle Pancakes with Maple Caramel and Bacon Granola

Souffle Pancakes with Bacon Granola and Maple Caramel

I’ll admit, I was a little skeptical when I first heard about the Japanese-inspired souffle pancakes social media was becoming obsessed with. In my opinion, pancakes are one of those foods that you really shouldn’t mess with. I mean, its such a emotionally-charged, nostalgic food that it’s almost a crime to change it! Especially because the original is sooooo darn good.

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