Spring Recipes: Vegetables Napolitana
When we think of spring recipes, vegetable dishes immediately leap to mind. It’s like we hunger for veggies after the heavy comfort foods of winter. And we’re lucky in comparison to our ancestors. We’re able to eat fresh vegetables year round, including hot house tomatoes and avocados, which would have been unheard of in our grandparents’ day. My grandmother grew up on a farm, but even she would reminisce about being a young schoolgirl so hungry for greens that come spring she’d pluck young green onions right from the ground and slip them between two slices of bread for her lunch — without even rinsing the soil off! In honor of the spring thaw, here are 16 spring recipes to help us forget that winter ever happened.
When I’m looking for interesting vegetable dishes, I turn to some of my favorite Italian cookbooks. It may seem counterintuitive, with Italian food best known for pasta dishes, but Neapolitan cuisine especially, is strong on great vegetable dishes. This would not be all that surprising to most Italians, as the people of Naples were once referred to as mangiafoglie, or “leaf eaters” by other Italians.
Jeanne Caròla Francesconi, author of La Cucina Napoletana, and doyenne of Neapolitan cuisine in her day, devoted more than 70 pages of her renowned cookbook to vegetable dishes. We can find her books on Amazon, though we’d have to translate them from Italian. Instead, I take the easier route and follow Frank over at Memorie di Angelina, who is cooking up braised artichokes and potatoes, Neopolitan-style. Frank’s other Francesconi recipes include fried peppers, fried zucchini and mushroom-style eggplant. I’m getting hungry just thinking about them.
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(Photo via Memorie di Angelina)
Back in January, we introduced you to a feel-good cause to inspire your New Year's resolution: a walking challenge to help raise funds for the amazing cancer fighters at The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. I took part in the challenge with the Brit + Co team and ended up walking 105+ miles in January — it was awesome.
This spring, there's a new challenge on the horizon, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Big Climb. The ask: On May 15, 2021, you can step up to take cancer down by committing to climb 1,311 steps, walking 3.2 miles, or doing 440 chair step-ups at home as part of the Big Climb. If you need some motivation to bring movement back into your daily routine — look no further!
As always, it's free to sign up, but climbers are encouraged to set a fundraising goal to help beat cancer. We'll be organizing another Brit + Co team to step up, and I hope you'll join us too! Keep scrolling for a peek at where I'll be completing the challenge in my Los Angeles neighborhood around the hidden Silver Lake Stairs. Happy climbing!
Never underestimate the power of an accountability buddy! I asked my in-laws, my partner, and a few friends to join me so we can keep each other motivated and accountable in completing the challenge — virtual high-fives all around! Also, my dog Fox is a great climber, too.
An aesthetically pleasing backdrop is a huge motivator for me! I'm fortunate to have all sorts of painted steps around my neighborhood to keep the challenge interesting, but you can also keep cool inside with at-home chair step-ups.
Don't forget to share your progress on social — #BigClimb!
Feel free to break the challenge up if you need to by tackling half the distance in the AM and half at sunset. Here's me 1,311 steps later and ready for a break — but, think I earned this one!