In My April Kitchen

IMK Apr crocusesLet’s start this month’s post, hosted by the inimitable Celia at Fig Jam and Lime Cordial, outside with the welcome sight of crocuses pushing up through a soggy but snow-free lawn! My chives and rhubarb are sprouting (though neither is too photogenic yet). Later this month, I expect plant the lettuce seedlings that I buy from my local garden center. When they are ready for harvest, I will appreciate every green, crunchy bite.

IMK Apr rhubarbThe rhubarb sprouts made me want to rush the season with this strawberry-rhubarb sauce spiced with chunks of ginger and a tiny bit of cardamom. The color alone cheers me up!

IMK Apr matzo crackersThis week is Passover. For the first time, I found Kosher for Passover Tam Tams at the market. These bite-sized crackers require much less of a commitment than a whole sheet of matzoh. Here I topped them with apple-walnut charoses (a thick spread that’s a traditional part of the Passover menu).

IMK Apr kid cookbookLooking ahead, I’m recreating recipes from in the 1960s for a little longer to celebrate all things “Mad Men.” The first episode of the final season aired last night with the requisite amount of cocktails in and out of the office. Sally Draper may have outgrown this cookbook for kids but I’m having fun with the Grape-Ale Cooler and the Frosted Strawberry Float. Stay tuned!

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About heritagerecipebox

I am named after my great-grandmother, who only prepared two dishes, according to anyone who remembers: hamburgers shaped like squares and peanut butter sandwiches. Fast forward 100 years and 500 miles north from my hometown of Richmond, Virginia to Boston, Massachusetts. Somehow, I ended up with a cooking gene as well as an interest in history and family stories. I have worked as a journalist and published three cookbooks plus a memoir. This blog gives me a chance to share family recipes and stories -- and other American recipes with a past. What do you have to share?
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8 Responses to In My April Kitchen

  1. fergie51 says:

    Beautiful colours in the crocus and I may just have to make a rhubarb and apple pie now!

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  2. Love your strawberry-rhubarb sauce and as being New York born and bred, I miss things like Matzoh and Passover too!
    Thank you for this month’s kitchen view also!

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  3. Beautiful crocuses Clara, and I’ve been cooking lots of rhubarb too, but at the end of our season! That book looks very cute, is it an original 60s one?

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  4. You have had a hard winter this year, I’m glad spring is finally showing itself.

    Will be fun what you cook up from the 60’s!

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  5. love the look of the strawb-rhubarb sauce. so colourful. have fun with the 60s recipes.

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  6. My mad men all love Mad Men too – my eldest suggested we keep a flask of cocktails in the fridge! 🙂 Your rhubarb sauce looks wonderful!

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