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Menu: A Happy Holiday Feast

BY DI ARTS STAFF | APRIL 23, 2009 7:29 AM

Earth Day has yet to gain the revered status Valentine’s Day, Halloween, and other secular holidays have in American society. This is understandable, given the populace’s love for Farmers’ Markets has yet to surpass its love of cheap chocolate. But the day may come when, in April, entire supermarket aisles are doused in green and devoted to selling seeds and organic cotton T-shirts. For those who missed out on celebrating Wednesday, get into the spirit through cuisine. Try some angel-hair pasta with asparagus and strawberry cobbler, and maybe even plant some trees as well.


ANGEL-HAIR PASTA WITH ASPARAGUS

What you’ll need:
8 oz. angel-hair pasta
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 1/2 lbs. fresh asparagus, trimmed and cut into 1-inch pieces
1/4 cup chicken broth
1/2 lb. fresh mushrooms, sliced
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

What to do:
Cook pasta according to package instructions. Then heat olive oil in a nonstick skillet. Sauté asparagus in the skillet over medium heat for around three minutes. Add chicken broth and mushroom slices before cooking for an additional three minutes. Drain pasta and transfer it to a serving dish. Gently toss pasta with asparagus mixture. Then sprinkle it with Parmesan and crushed red pepper.

OLD-FASHIONED STRAWBERRY COBBLER

What you’ll need (for fruit filling):
1 cup water
1/2 cup organic cane sugar
1 tablespoon arrowroot
16 oz. fresh strawberries, rinsed, tops removed and sliced in half

What you’ll need (for cobbler topping):
1 cup flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/3 cup oats
3 tablespoons brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) organic butter

What to do:
Heat oven to 400 degrees. Butter a medium baking dish and set aside. In small saucepan, whisk together water, sugar, and arrowroot over medium heat until sugar dissolves and sauce thickens. Add strawberries and coat well. Simmer on low heat for about three minutes or until berries soften slightly. Pour berry mixture into baking dish. To make cobbler topping, sift flour, baking powder, oats, brown sugar, and salt together in a medium bowl. Spoon cobbler mixture over strawberries. Bake for 40-45 minutes or until topping crusts over and gets firm.

— by Katie Hanson


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