In March, we have fresh strawberries, asparagus, spinach, snap peas, lettuce, radishes and carrots. St. Patrick’s Day comes along on March 17 and a hearty Guinness Beef Stew is a delicious alternative to the traditional corned beef and cabbage dinner. Easter arrives early this year, on March 31, so the Spinach & Gruyere Strata and Carrot Cake Muffins would make for a delightful holiday brunch. April adds ripening blueberries to fresh produce of March, while Alma will hold the annual Georgia Blueberry Festival on May 31-June 1. Also of note locally, Vidalia onions are in season in April and the Onion Festival is held in Vidalia April 25-28, so of course we have a recipe that shows off these sweet onions! The Jewish Passover holiday is April 22 and while apples may not be ripening on trees in Georgia at this time of year, they’re easy to obtain for the sweet kugel recipe we’re sharing. Start celebrating in May with Cinco de Mayo and some tasty carnitas. On May 12, whip up the Blueberry French Toast Casserole and Asparagus Goat Cheese Frittata for the family matriarch in honor of Mother’s Day. Wind up the month with a Memorial Day cookout on May 27 and take advantage of fresh cucumbers and tomatoes in the Greek Salad with Avocado.

  • This hearty stew made with stout and packed with fresh carrots, onion, potatoes, parsnips and celery is ideal for a St. Patrick’s Day dinner, especially when served with soda bread on the side.

  • Easter morning calls for egg casseroles and this cheesy spinach and Gruyère strata fits the bill beautifully!

  • These carrot cake muffins made with Greek yogurt and honey are healthier than a cake and delicious for Easter brunch or breakfast any day.

  • Fresh snap peas are a delicacy available in the spring. A simple stir fry makes good use of their crunch and you can add or substitute shrimp or another protein for the chicken and add other veggies to change up the recipe as you like.

  • While noodle kugel is a well-known traditional Jewish dish, this apple matzo kugel is a sweet version that’s perfect for Passover.

  • Fresh veggies and herbs are the spotlight in this light lasagna that uses a mascarpone cheese mixture rather than tomato sauce. Experiment using different cheeses (feta, farmers, goat) to vary the flavors.

  • Georgia is known for its Vidalia onions. This cheesy dip is a tasty favorite that showcases the sweetness of this flavorful onion and is always a party hit.

  • Cinco de Mayo calls for dishes with Mexican flair. This recipe slow cooks pork with tequila, green onions, chiles, and cilantro until its tender and ready to stuff into tortillas with fresh diced tomatoes, onions & cilantro.

  • Prep this breakfast casserole overnight to bake in the slow cooker on Mother’s Day morning. Mom is sure to love this special treat featuring sweet, ripe blueberries that come into season in the spring.

  • Fresh asparagus and tangy goat cheese combine for a flavorful frittata that would be perfect for a Mother’s Day lunch, girls’ get-together, or even a light dinner. Serve with fresh fruit or a salad.

  • This Greek salad is a celebration of spring garden vegetables with fresh cucumbers and tomatoes and creamy avocado. Perfect for a Memorial Day picnic!

Celebratory Spring Recipes originally posted on by Elegant Island Living magazine.

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