Delicious Spring Recipes and Scrumptious Rhubarb Shortbread Bars

In this Umami Bites we explore spring recipes and make rhubarb shortbread bars for rhubarb lovers
Serving Bars

One of the things I most look forward to cooking in the spring is rhubarb, with stalks ranging in color from green to brown to deep crimson rhubarb’s tart flavor and crisp texture make it unique in the culinary world.

While it works in sauces and salads and can be a fascinating addition to cocktails, the place rhubarb shines is in desserts, where its spunky flavor plays with and against the sweet goodness found in cakes, crisps, pies, and bars.

We created a special recipe for Rhubarb Bars that are the bars for people who love rhubarb. These rhubarb bars are set on a flakey shortbread crust with a slightly tart filling that uses a little honey to bring out the rhubarb’s natural flavors. The addition of honey really sets the filling in these bars apart.

Grilled Asparagus Recipe Pinterest Single
To make delicious grilled asparagus all you need is a little olive oil, lemon juice, sea salt, and garlic. This recipe uses the grill to add a little char that highlights the asparagus’ natural flavors.

Another of our favorite things to cook in the spring is asparagus; we love to plan meals around its bright green stalks when it’s fresh, plentiful, and affordable. A couple of dishes that pair beautifully with Grilled Asparagus are Roasted Greek Chicken Breasts and a Sous Vide Rack of Lamb.

We have a couple of soups and stews to warm you up inside on those cold, damp spring days when it feels like the sun decided to call in sick. 

The first is a Chicken Stew with Great Northern Beans filled with slow-cooked chicken, white beans, rosemary, and garlic. It is lighter than most stew recipes and simple to put together, making it perfect for spring.

Healthy Chicken Stew
Adding crisped up chicken skin on top of the stew adds flavor and crunch

We also have a Homemade Tomato Soup chocked full of fresh vegetables with a thick, rich, tomatoey broth ideal for dipping grilled cheese sandwiches.

Check out our Spring section for even more delicious seasonal recipes.

Thanks as always for reading and sharing Umami.  We greatly appreciate it!

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