Seasonal Sundays (Week 11) Mid March

Happy Sunday, all. It feels like spring around herd so my recipe suggestions lean that way, especially spring-friendly vegetable casseroles, good candidates for March and for anyone who's thinking ahead to 2021's early Easter too. Before that? Pi Day! Do you "have" to make pie? Of course not. But really, why not?
Seasonal Sundays ♥, a seasonal collection of recipes and life ideas in and out of the kitchen.

Welcome to Seasonal Sundays ...

Isn't the light just so pretty this time of year? And 2021 is a good year for spring to (apparently? really truly?) arrive early.

Luka the Dog is reliable as an alarm clock again, not just for AM and PM kibbles but now for an afternoon stroll. Some times we head into the woods, it's muddy but I'm on the hunt for "sheds" – it's the time of year when bucks shed their antlers. With any luck, we'll find good multi-point specimens before nutrient-hungry mice, squirrels and other nibblers collect their due.

Other times we visit the neighbor who's lost much of her memory and recently, her little dog. On a long leash that keeps the humans socially distanced, Luka's just the right height for leg leans, lap pets and head butts insisting on more of the same.

It's good to get out, cautiously and safely for sure, but yes, out.

PS Don't forget! Next Sunday, that's March 14th, we "spring forward" in the spring time change.

PPS How early is Easter this year? April 4th! It's not even the earliest Easter, which can be as early as March 22 (the last time that happened was 1818) or as late as April 25th (last time was 1943).

About the Photo By Popular Request, a Little Insight into the Top Image: Hello, pussy willow season!


Pick One is for those of us overwhelmed by life's unending choices. If that resonates, then check out this one recipe and then call it a day. It's one that I think could make the most difference, the one I hope will become a regular in your kitchen, as it is in mine.

Milk-Braised Pork Roast ♥, slow-cooked in milk with garlic and spices yielding tender, succulent meat with a milk gravy.
  • THE RECIPE Milk-Braised Pork Roast Be it ever so humble, milky good.
  • WHY THIS, WHY NOW Funny story! FIRST! All week, I'd been hankering a pork roast. But I didn't add one to our grocery order, knowing we're focused on meat from the freezer, mostly beef, because this year's beef delivery is nearly upon us. SECOND! In the car on Friday, my husband casually mentioned, "I'm hungry for a pork roast." I laughed out loud at my resident beef advocate. AND THEN On the way home, we stopped at the butcher's and brought home two pork roasts, one for today's dinner, another for the freezer. FOUR Maybe there's a pork roast in your future?

What's New?!

Wondering about a recipe from the last while? Check Recent Recipes from Kitchen Parade and Recent Vegetable Recipes from A Veggie Venture.
Perfect Hard-Cooked Eggs ♥, no special pot, no green rings, no difficulty peeling. The Cook's Illustrated technique works!

Trader Joe's Melodious Blend, another unsponsored product review ♥

Vegetable Casseroles for Spring

Creamy Spinach with Artichokes ♥, spinach artichoke dip meets steakhouse creamed spinach.

Tourlou Tourlou (Greek Baked Vegetables) ♥, a vegan rainbow of vegetables slow-cooked in the oven. Great for parties, serve hot or at room temperature.

Finnish Carrot-Rice Casserole, a simple, old-fashioned side dish ♥, traditional at Christmas. Recipe, insider tips, nutrition and Weight Watchers points included.

Major Minor Holiday Alert!

C'mon, people. March is packed with celebration ideas but this year, of ALL the years, let's not forget the mathematics-inspired "Pi Day" next Sunday, that's March 14th, also 3/14 ... get it? "Pi" = 3.1416 and so on. Now get it?

Not let's make a pie! Or some mini pie bites!

Not into crust? Just make Banana Cream Pudding!

Coconut Cream Pie ♥, how to move grown men to silence. Super fast to make.

Frozen Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie ♥, creamy-cold cream cheese and peanut butter filling, drizzled with chocolate, tucked into a graham cracker crust.

Mini Blueberry Tarts ♥, miniature cheesecake-like tarts baked in a mini muffin pan with a pop of fresh blueberry, a welcome colorful addition to a tray of mini desserts. The press-in crust is easy, so is the sour cream filling.

The Dinner Bell

Seven days a week, 52 weeks a year, the dinner bell rings. If we're gonna eat, somebody's gotta cook. Let's make it good, a welcome end to our days.
Slow-Cooked Greens & Smoked Turkey ♥, healthy leafy greens cooked until tender and luscious with a smoked turkey leg or ham hocks. Low Carb. Low Cal. High Protein. Gluten Free. Great for Meal Prep and Weight Watchers.

Easy Baked Fish with Red Pepper & Cucumber Salad ♥, fish filets topped with a mayo-sour cream sauce and served with a quick vegetable salad.

White Chicken Chili ♥, spicy-but-not-too-spicy, just chicken, spices, chilies and white beans.

Put an Egg on Top aka "How About Eggs for Dinner?"

Why should breakfast get all the eggs?! If eggs for dinner were a club, I'd be president, chief marketing officer, resident evangelist, public advocate and ... hey, wanna join my club? Start here!

Never-the-Same-Twice Frittata, a Master Recipe ♥ Silky custard + fresh or leftover veggies + pockets of warm cheese. Low Carb. Low Cal. High Protein. Weight Watchers Friendly.

Word Dancing for Language Lovers

Topophilia ... love of place; a vivid, emotional and even spiritual connection to a certain spot or area

Corona Coaster ... the ups and downs of the pandemic. One day you're loving your bubble, doing workouts, baking banana bread and going for long walks and the next you're crying, drinking gin for breakfast and missing people you don't even like. That's the Facebook version ... what's yours? There are definite ups and downs. Where are you, let's say, this very today??? I'm in climb mode ...

Recipes That Stand the Test of Time

To mark A Veggie Venture's 15th anniversary in 2020, I took a hard look at the first 365 vegetable recipes from the first year to select just 15 which, all these many years and recipes later, remain ever so useful. The result is a fascinating collection of recipes, 15 Favorite Vegetable Recipes, Still Useful After 15 Years. Here's just one.

Swedish Red Cabbage & Apples ♥ A Veggie Venture, savory not sweet, a tradition at Christmas, adding welcome color and texture to a plate. Recipe, cooking tips, nutrition, WW Weight Watchers points included.

PS Who's noticed? I'm big on "usefulness". See? Best-Ever “Most Useful” Recipes 2002 – Present, just one recipe per year from Kitchen Parade.

Made Me Think ...

  • Who else has a second fridge? A stand-alone freezer? More than a few of us!
  • Read When One Fridge Is Not Enough from the New York Times
  • TAKEAWAY "About 27 percent of today’s urban homes and almost 40 percent of rural ones have at least two refrigerators. Those numbers will likely change again as the pandemic continues and with the average 10-year life span of newer refrigerators. When stand-alone freezers sold out in stores nationwide in the spring of 2020, months of back orders set off a buying spree on refrigerators."

  • How to save the world, one slice of good rye bread at a time. Y'know, like Swedish Rye Bread which gets so many rave reviews.
  • Read Remarkable Rye is a Sustainability Superstar from King Arthur
  • TAKEAWAY "You and I, with our love for baking, can make a difference by simply supporting the market. Rye is versatile — in addition to all the traits that make it great for my artisan breads, I also don’t make pie crusts or puff pastry without adding rye for more flavorful and tender versions of my standard hits. Every cupful counts, so let’s start scooping. More rye in biscuits, more clean air, less algae in our lakes and streams, and fewer chemicals added to our soil."

Soups & Salads Especially for March

March is such a funny month for cooking, some wintry days (yo, soups!), some spring-like days (hey, salads!) and so many days neither one nor the other, just smack in the middle. So what grabs us depends on the day, yes? That's why I spent a year gathering all of A Veggie Venture's best soup and salad recipes into easy-to-scan month-by-month collections.

Dig into Seasonal Soup & Salad Recipes for March, tons of ideas!

Here's a sample!

Cream of Celery Soup, another healthy soup ♥ A Veggie Venture, a simple homemade celery soup, all about the celery and way more than the sum of its parts. Rave reviews!


Who else loves seeing old photos pop up, quick memories from years past? Welcome to a recipe timehop ...

Spinach Soup with Perfect Hard-Cooked Eggs ♥, homemade spinach soup on the table in 30 minutes, including still-warm easy-to-peel hard-cooked eggs.

Weight Watchers Mexican Zero Points Soup ♥, the spicy adaptation of the famous original zero points soup. Vegan. Low Carb. Gluten Free. Whole 30. Obviously, Weight Watchers Friendly!


My Top 10 Recipes are predictable, hello Ham 101: What to Know Before Buying a Ham and Weight Watchers Zero Points Garden Vegetable Soup. But every week, seasonal recipes catch the internet's attention and start to trend.

Best-Ever Lentil Salad with an unusual cooking technique ♥ A Veggie Venture

Something to Read: Finding Your Next Book

How do you find your "next" book? Hive mind, share your ideas, won't you please?

Here are my contributions ...

  • NPR's Book Concierge is amazing.
  • If I'm borrowing digital books or audio books from the library (the Libby system works great) or looking for books for my book club, I go back two or three or more years.
  • My favorite filters are "seriously great writing" and "rather long" and "book club ideas" and "staff picks". Total resource!

  • The Cup of Jo blog every so often asks followers for book recommendations. I recently mined the comments in this post and have found many intriguing books whose titles are new to me. It's a good mix of fiction, memoir and non-fiction.
  • My own contribution to the comments? Hamnet by Maggie O'Farrell, I'm still thinking about this book.

  • WANT TO READ MORE? How I Read 4X More This Year Than Last What I gave up, how I read so much, what I read.

Just Updated!

Lemony Broccoli Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette ♥, surprisingly substantial.

Roasted Broccoli with Lemon & Garlic, so simple, so good ♥

Don't Be a Stranger ...

I'd love to hear from you. Comment, send me a quick e-mail via, dot-dash in Morse code, build a fire for smoke signals, launch a message in a bottle, send a Christmas letter, get the dog to yip, toss me a note wrapped in a rubberband, write a message in the sky, scratch a note in the sand, listen to a seashell, whatever.

Kitchen Parade is written by second-generation food columnist Alanna Kellogg and features fresh, seasonal dishes for every-day healthful eating and occasional indulgences. Quick Suppers are Kitchen Parade favorites and feature recipes easy on the budget, the clock, the waistline and the dishwasher. Do you have a favorite recipe that other Kitchen Parade readers might like? Just send me a quick e-mail via How to print a Kitchen Parade recipe. Never miss a recipe! If you like this recipe, sign up for a free e-mail subscription. If you like Kitchen Parade, you're sure to like my food blog about vegetable recipes, too, A Veggie Venture. If you make this recipe, I'd love to know your results! Just leave a comment below.

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