31 Delicious Things To Cook In May

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Warmer weather is so close I can taste it.

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WHAT’S IN SEASON:

(This will vary depending on the time of the month and where you live).

Artichokes
Asparagus
Fava beans
Green beans
Blackberries
Blueberries
Broccoli
Cherries
Chives
Dandelion greens
Fennel
Fiddlehead ferns
Horseradish
Lettuce (leaf and head)
Mangoes
Okra
Papayas
Peas
Ramps
Rhubarb
Sorrel
Strawberries
Watercress

1. Barbecue Pork Burgers

Barbecue Pork Burgers
Romulo Yanes / leitesculinaria.com

Fire up that grill. Recipe here.

2. Pistachio-Crusted Asparagus with Feta

Pistachio-Crusted Asparagus with Feta
Joy Walson / flickr.com

Recipe here.

3. Seared Ahi Tuna with Chimichurri, Arugula, and Avocado

Seared Ahi Tuna with Chimichurri, Arugula, and Avocado
Liren Baker / kitchenconfidante.com

Hats off to you if you can cook your tuna so perfectly rare. Recipe here.

4. Pavlovas with Strawberries, Vanilla Cream and Basil Coulis

Pavlovas with Strawberries, Vanilla Cream and Basil Coulis
Jennifer Laceda / tartineandapronstrings.com

The pavlova is one of the most underrated dishes of all time. And if you think putting basil in dessert is wrong, well… think again. Recipe here.

5. Dukkah Spiced Yogurt Dip

Dukkah Spiced Yogurt Dip

A perfect complement to all of the grilled things you’ll be serving at the barbecue you’ve been waiting all year to host. Recipe here.

6. Lobster Polenta Pizza with Sun Dried Cherry Tomatoes

Lobster Polenta Pizza with Sun Dried Cherry Tomatoes
Jessica Merchant / howsweeteats.com

TBH I saw this a week ago, and I still can’t believe that it’s actually real. Recipe here.

7. Asparagus-Stuffed Eggs

Asparagus-Stuffed Eggs
Deb Perelman / smittenkitchen.com

A deep dive into the Julia Child archives. Recipe here.

8. Spring Chopped Salad

Spring Chopped Salad
Ashley Rodriguez / notwithoutsalt.com

The locavore answer to your childhood pizzeria’s antipasto. Recipe here.

9. Blackberry Custard Cake

Blackberry Custard Cake
Naomi Robinson / bakersroyale.com

Recipe here.

10. Fava Beans with Chard and Eggs

Fava Beans with Chard and Eggs
Marta Potoczek / lazysundaycooking.com

Recipe here.

11. Fennel and Radicchio Salad with Grilled Lemon Vinaigrette

Fennel and Radicchio Salad with Grilled Lemon Vinaigrette

Recipe here.

12. Strawberry Cheesecake Popsicles

Strawberry Cheesecake Popsicles
Chung-Ah Ree / damndelicious.net

Recipe here.

13. Glowing Green “Pasta” Primavera

Glowing Green "Pasta" Primavera
Angela Liddon / ohsheglows.com

I have very complex feelings about cutting a vegetable into ribbons and calling it “pasta.” But, if there’s ever a time when “noodles” are OK, it’s when they’re topped with in-season spring produce and delicious vegan pesto. Recipe here.

14. Scrambled Egg and Roasted Asparagus Toasts

Scrambled Egg and Roasted Asparagus Toasts

You’re a champ if you wake up early enough to make this for breakfast. If not, it tastes just as good after noon. Recipe here.

15. Grilled Green Onions with Walnut Romesco

Grilled Green Onions with Walnut Romesco
Molly Yeh / mynameisyeh.com

Recipe here.

16. Pork Tostadas with Slaw, Radishes, Cilantro and Salsa Verde

Pork Tostadas with Slaw, Radishes, Cilantro and Salsa Verde

If you’re looking for a gorgeous, seasonal recipe for Cinco de Mayo, this is it. Recipe here.

17. Bourbon Chocolate Milkshakes

Bourbon Chocolate Milkshakes
Gaby Dalkin / whatsgabycooking.com

Bourbon everywhere. Bourbon everything. Bourbon forever. Recipe here.

18. Avocado Cilantro Sherbert

Avocado Cilantro Sherbert
Naho Kubota / marthastewart.com

You know you’re curious. Recipe here.

19. Stir-Fried Pea Shoots

Stir-Fried Pea Shoots
Michael Graydon + Nikole Herriott / bonappetit.com

Recipe here.

20. Clementine and Red Wine Spritzers

Clementine and Red Wine Spritzers
Joy Wilson / joythebaker.com

If day-drinking straight red wine is a little too much for you, you’re a better person than me try mixing it with some clementine soda. Recipe here.

21. Spring Veggie and Lemon Moroccan Chicken Skewers

Spring Veggie and Lemon Moroccan Chicken Skewers

You know summer is almost here when your food is once again being served to you on a stick. Recipe here.

22. Wild Greens Galette with Artichokes and Feta

Wild Greens Galette with Artichokes and Feta

Aside from the buttery crust and the two types of cheese, this is exactly the same thing as eating a salad. Recipe here.

23. Campanelle with Hard-Boiled Eggs, Capers, and Watercress

Campanelle with Hard-Boiled Eggs, Capers, and Watercress
Alexandra Stafford / alexandracooks.com

Recipe here.

24. Baked Almond Pancake with Strawberries and Citrus

Baked Almond Pancake with Strawberries and Citrus
Kimberly Hasselbrink / theyearinfood.com

Because Mother’s Day is just around the corner. Recipe here.

25. Spiced Braised Rhubarb

Spiced Braised Rhubarb
Todd Coleman / saveur.com

Recipe here.

26. Olive Oil Braised Spring Vegetables

Olive Oil Braised Spring Vegetables
Heidi Swanson / 101cookbooks.com

Recipe here.

27. Pineapple Mint Juleps

Pineapple Mint Juleps
Jessica Merchant / howsweeteats.com

Perfect for your Kentucky Derby party. Also good for any old Tuesday evening/Saturday afternoon/Sunday late-morning. Recipe here.

28. Tartine’s Fruit Scones

Tartine's Fruit Scones
Yossy Arefi-Afshar / apt2bbakingco.blogspot.com

Recipe here.

29. Sautéed Radishes with Bacon

Sautéed Radishes with Bacon
Danny Kim / bonappetit.com

It’s easy to eat vegetables when they’re infused with a hefty dose of rendered bacon fat. Recipe here.

30. Wild Rice Salad with Dandelion Greens

Wild Rice Salad with Dandelion Greens
Elizabeth Stark & Brian Campbell / brooklynsupper.net

Recipe here.

31. Ricotta Lattes

Ricotta Lattes
Jennifer Maloney / seasonsandsuppers.ca

A dessert, not a morning pick-me-up (although, I guess that’s subjective). Recipe here.



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