Quick, Easy and Seasonal: Try This Udon Bowl with Salmon and Spring Vegetables

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If there’s anything better than a Farmer’s Market to stimulate me to get into the kitchen and create a fresh, seasonal recipe, I can’t think what it would be. Warm weather and long sunny days have already descended on the Bay Area, and with that comes an abundance of early-season produce.  This morning I found leeks, garden peas, fava beans, green onions and shiitake mushrooms, all of which figure in this light, yet comforting udon noodle recipe. At my local Asian supermarket I picked up a package of fresh udon noodles. Using these precooked noodles makes an already easy dish go together even faster, and I find these noodles to be thicker and more succulent than noodles cooked from dry.  A caution: often these noodles come with a favoring packet full of weird ingredients–just toss it away! Start with a well-seasoned stock, and you’ll end up with a hearty, satisfying lunch or dinner. I’ve added only a little soy sauce, there’s no ginger or garlic or spice or oil, so the favor of the fresh vegetables, salmon and noodles really shines. And I think you’ll appreciate that this recipe requires only one pot, and comes together in under 30 minutes.  Happy Spring!  (Full recipe after the jump)

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Produce Superstars: Make This Spread While Fresh Fava Beans Are In Season

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I probably don’t need to tell you that humble food bloggers like myself don’t exactly get rich blogging. Not that I’m complaining, because there are some great perks. Most notably, we get to eat the food which shows up on our blogs! And I have to tell to you, I barely got these photos taken before I started scarfing down the subject of today’s post.  Maybe I was overly hungry, but these little buggers really hit the spot! It takes a bit of time and patience to prep the fava beans, but after that, this recipe is really easy. Fresh favas, also known as broad beans, are in season now–so go for it!  You won’t regret it. Recipe after the jump…

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Photos: top–fava beans in their shells (center), on the left are the beans taken out of their shells, on the right are the beans after being peeled. Bottom photo–Fresh Fava Bean Bruschetta.

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