Cream of Asparagus Soup with Seared Scallops
One year for halloween, my grandmother dressed as a piece of broccoli. It was spectacular. She wore a green sweatsuit, painted her face green, and used temporary colored hair spray to tint her then gray hair a celery green color. She was at the time working as an aid for the local elementary school, and her students called her Mrs. Broccoli.
Asparagus and Chanterelle Mushroom Risotto
I love mushrooms. When I was a vegetarian they were often the center of my meal; grilled, sautéed, added to pasta dishes or soups. They have that great umami flavor that is so often missing from vegetarian cuisine. If you haven't tried replacing your burger patty with a nicely grilled portabello mushroom, some swiss cheese and maybe some caramelized onions for a mushroom melt, I recommend it!