Cold weather favorites—hearty kale, earthy mushrooms and sweet clementines— anchored my latest dinner party, brightened by the onions and asparagus of early spring. Tweaking some of our favorite recipes made for a rich and satisfying late winter meal that ended with a platter of clementines and dates. The dates are sweeter than any sugar-based confection you can imagine and it doesn’t get any better or brighter than a perfectly sweet clementine. I confess that I gilded the lily by adding brownies. We had a chocolate lover I didn’t want to disappoint.
I’ve linked to all the recipes below. Enjoy!
Ricotta tart made with caramelized leeks (instead of zucchini)
Raw kale salad with currants, pine nuts and Parmesan
Mushroom risotto (made with mushroom broth instead of chicken)
Roast asparagus (seasoned with a little olive oil, salt and pepper and roasted at 425°F until crunchy tender, 6-7 minutes)
Coffee, clementines. fresh Medjool dates and Brown butter brownies