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Menu Plan for Spring II: Week 3, Day 1

Pan-Fried Salmon with Capers
Basmati with Green Garlic
Buttered Asparagus

Cooking time:  35 minutes for menu          Cooking schedule: see below for instructions

       Nothing says spring like the first appearance of green garlic.  I buy as much as I can, as often as I can.  It's season is fleeting here, 3 or 4 weeks.  If you are a garlic lover I hope you can find it.  Substitutions are given.

Pan-Fried Salmon with Lemon and Capers

Total time: 15 minutes
    Lemon and capers combine to add lots of flavor to this simple preparation.  Quickly seared, they can finish cooking over low heat while you enjoy your starter.

Salmon with Capers Ingredients:

 Instructions:

Basmati Rice with Green Garlic

Total time: 20 minutes
       The mild taste of green garlic adds a spring freshness to simple Basmati rice.  Use as much of the green tops as you can.

Basmati Rice with Green Garlic Ingredients:

 Instructions:

Sautéed Asparagus in Butter and Pepper

Total time: 15 minutes 
  Asparagus is one of the long awaited signs of spring.  Most often steamed, occasionally roasted or grilled, I have discovered simple frying to be quick, and leave the asparagus a beautiful green color and full of flavor. 

Sautéed Asparagus in Butter and Pepper Ingredients:

 Instructions:

Cooking Schedule: 35 minutes
Assemble all food, utensils and serving dishes
Utensils: measuring cups, spoons, knives,
2 small saucepans with lids, medium skillet, large
skillet with lid
Slice green garlic / green onion, garlic
Trim asparagus
Sauté green garlic for rice
Heat stock, wine for sauce
Add rice to garlic, sauté
Add stock to rice, cover, simmer
Dissolve cornstarch in stock
Slice lemon

Start to fry salmon
Add herbs to stock/wine
Stir cornstarch mixture into stock/wine
Add yogurt, cover, remove from heat
Sauté asparagus
Turn salmon
Add lemon, capers, chives, cover, reduce heat
Turn asparagus
Mind the rice, fluff when done
Mind the asparagus, salt, pepper when done
Remove salmon, garnish with lemon, capers
Spoon sauce into pretty bowl
Serve