While parts of the country are dealing with 90 degree temperatures, here in the Pacific Northwest Spring seems to have lost its way. The past week and a half have seen rain, rain and more rain paired with temperatures in the high 50's. Sunday night it reached a low of 36 degrees. We should be enjoying warm evenings on our new front porch, digging up our garden beds, grilling and digging shorts out of hiding. Instead we have donned wool sweaters, made lots of soup and huddled in front of the wood stove drinking tea.
Despite a long day and torrents of rain there was a taste of spring awaiting me in our kitchen last night. Jessica prepared Spring Risotto with Peas and zucchini and it was delicious! It was the perfect touch of spring for Oregon's rainy may days. Warm and cozy as the best risotto is, it was full of bright spring flavors and rich with homemade chicken stock. Paired with a salad it was the perfect, simply spring dinner both nourishing and yummy.
*photo from Martha Stewart Everyday food, found here.