Seasonal Sundays: March Bucket List (Week 10)

This week's "Seasonal Seven" recipe collection is to help us all (me too!) take the tippy-toe-tiny steps from late winter toward false spring, early mud, first daffodils, spring snow, more mud ... and the final unfurling that is spring, whenever it makes its true arrival. I hope you'll find one or two destined as "keepers" in your own recipe repertoire.

Seasonal Sundays, a weekly newsletter ♥, a seasonal collection of recipes and life ideas in and out of the kitchen.

Welcome to Seasonal Sundays ...

THANK YOU for stopping in today ... and last week and next week too. "I appreciate you." I do ... and always love hearing from many of you throughout the week. Don't be a stranger!

TRUE DAT "The first day of spring is one thing, and the first spring day is another. The difference between them is sometimes as great as a month." (~Henry Van Dyke, h/t to author Louise Penny's March newsletter)

PS Don't forget! Next Sunday, that's March 10th, we "spring forward" in the spring time change.

PPS A little housekeeping. Last week, I posted several hours later than usual and noticed a definite uptick in visitors. Was it the topic, Spring Suppers? Or was it the timing, 10am CST vs 5am CST? Feedback welcome!

About the Photo By Popular Request, a Little Insight into the Top Image: We're so happy with new Littles nearby! These three have a new house, new rooms, a new backyard and best of all, new bird feeders and bluebird houses. They are fascinated ...

In Praise Of ...

  • ... the first daffodils fronds, the first cheery blossoms brightening sunny spots

  • ... making summer plans, a trip? or two?? or even three???

  • ... the eaglet watch 'n' wait is back on at Big Bear Valley, California, for the second year in a row, I keep the live cam open 24x7

THE SEASONAL SEVEN: A Bucket List for March

For this week's recipes, I aimed for recipes with winter flavors and combinations that ...

  • ... wrap recipes around all the courses, the starters, the middles, the sweet ends
  • ... not a one too time-consuming or fussy for a weeknight
  • ... with a bare nod to St. Patrick's Day, the liveliest holiday in March save perhaps Easter
Refried Bean Sauce with Eggs on Top ♥, a hearty protein-packed weekend brunch recipe.

Homemade Pub Cheese (Beer Cheese), an easy cheese spread ♥ Perfect for crackers, sandwiches, veggies, fresh fruit, charcuterie boards.

Very Very Green Green-Pea Soup ♥, quick and easy with frozen peas. Beautiful color.

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.

Pork Chops & Rice Oven Dinner, another One-Pot Dinner ♥, a simple satisfying meal. Old-Fashioned Comfort Food. High Protein. Weight Watchers Friendly.

Chicken Stew with Chickpeas & Kale ♥, a hearty, one-pot supper dish for the stovetop or slow cooker, with warm spices and fresh vegetables. Weight Watchers Friendly. Low Carb. High Protein. Gluten Free. Great for Meal Prep.

Irish Spiced Fruitcake with Brown Sugar Lemon Curd ♥, NOT your grandma's fruitcake, it's packed with dried fruit and warm spices, here with a smear of Brown Sugar Lemon Curd.

What's Brand-Spankin' New?!

Wondering about a recipe from the last while? Check Recent Recipes from Kitchen Parade and Recent Vegetable Recipes from A Veggie Venture.

Easy-Easy Broiled Salmon with Olive Salad, another Quick Supper ♥ Just three ingredients, including Trader Joe's Cracked Olive Salad.

March: Reader Favorites

Ham 101: What to Know Before Buying a Ham, a detailed guide ♥ Easter, anyone?

March: Lost Recipes

Broccoli Rigatoni with Chickpeas & Lemon ♥, an easy vegetarian supper recipe, lemony, garlicky, cheesy, broccoli good.

The Kitchen Parade Almanac: Looking Ahead ...

  • March 10th (Sunday) - "spring forward" time change
  • March 10th (Sunday) - Academy Awards
  • March 12th - Equal Pay Day
  • March 14th (Thursday) - Pi Day
  • March 16th (Saturday) - St. Urho's Day
  • March 17th (Sunday) - St. Patrick's Day
  • March 19th (Tuesday) - First Official Day of Spring
  • March 28th (Thursday) - Baseball Opening Day!
  • March 31st (Sunday) - Easter (yikes! soooo early!)

ISO: A Little Easter Advice

So we're doing the big family Easter this year.

Eight Littles. Two Teens. Sixteen Parents/Grandparents. On the Saturday so more "kids party" than "Easter dinner". Everybody gets along!

Weather could be pretty ... or not.

Besides the requisite jello bites (purple and pink, I think, give seven Little Girls and just one Baby Boy) and a big Twice-Smoked Ham, the menu is open. Everybody will bring something, they're great that way.

But mostly, I'd like to make this party FUN for all, especially the kids.

Help an auntie out? What's one thing you'd recommend?! Leave a comment or send a quick email, my current address is in the FAQs.

Thanks in advance!

Spriiiiiing Forward

On My Mind ♥, preparing for the spring time change.

The spring time change happens next weekend! "Be ready."

It's been so nice, waking up to morning light. The OCD part of me wants to look up exactly when it'll be that light at 6:20 am again.

Looking Back ...

Soups & Salads Bridging the Seasons

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.

Seasonal Soups & Salads for February, a monthly feature ♥ A Veggie Venture

Here are a few favorites!

Good to Know!

How to Make Hummingbird Food with the right ratio of sugar and water ♥

A Quick Peek Into a Real-Life Kitchen

Just so you know, everything's not all pretty pictures around here, in the background is a pile of dirty dishes. And just like many (all?) of us, come five o'clock, I too draw a blank about what to make for supper, despite so many recipes I so dearly love. Here's a quick peek from the last week.

Fried Egg Quesadillas, another easy summer breakfast ♥ Just Three Ingredients. Budget Friendly. High Protein.
  • THIS WEEK I'm trying to persuade somebody in this household 🙂 that a hot breakfast needn't be a production. There's a little timing/technique to put fried eggs in hot, crispy tortillas but it takes about 5 minutes, max. So good!
  • THE RECIPE Fried Egg Quesadillas A fried egg sandwich with a tortilla. (PIN This)

My Everyday Creamy Herb Salad Dressing, another Master Recipe ♥, quick, easy meal prep. Low Carb. Weight Watchers Friendly. Naturally Gluten Free.
  • THIS WEEK It's been eight years and this remains my go-to salad dressing. But this week, I used an entire bunch of fresh dill and wow, so extra good!
  • THE RECIPE My Everyday Creamy Herb Salad Dressing Never the same twice.

Easy Easy Magical Jello Bites, another fun idea for kids ♥ Guaranteed to light up kids' eyes!
  • THIS WEEK We supplied dinner a few nights for our niece/family who just moved to a new house just minutes away. The first night, I promised the girls jello. They picked "purple" so grape, it was. So fun!
  • THE RECIPE Easy Easy Magical Jello Bites Guaranteed to make kids' eyes light up! (PIN This)

Don't Be a Stranger ...

I'd love to hear from you. Comment, send me a quick e-mail (my current address is in the FAQs), 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, tuck a question into a plastic Easter egg, whatever.

  • Any ideas for Seasonal Sundays? Share away!
  • What's the first sign of spring in your neck of the woods?
  • Anyone else having trouble picking "just one pie" for Pi Day?
  • Who else is fascinated by the slow-then-super-fast progression of spring?
  • Anything else? Chime in, chat away.

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, you'll find my current address in the FAQs. 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. When you make my recipes, I'd love to know your results! Just leave a comment below or better still, on the specific recipe's page.

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