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Flavors of Spring: Our Top 5 Picks for Tasty Gifts

Updated: Apr 19, 2023

Spring is a season of renewal and rejuvenation, where the world comes alive with vibrant colors, sweet aromas, and fresh flavors. With the arrival of Spring, we at Honeygirl Gourmet are excited to share our top picks for tasty gifts that are sure to delight the senses.


Whether you're looking for a gift for a loved one or simply want to indulge in the flavors of the season, our Spring collection is sure to satisfy your cravings. Join us as we take a closer look at our top picks for tasty gifts that will help you celebrate the arrival of Spring in style.


A Vibrant and Flavorful Spring Pasta Salad Recipe -as the weather gets warmer, it's time to lighten up your meals with fresh, colorful ingredients.


This recipe for a Carrot Fettuccine Pasta salad with cherry tomatoes, spinach, and lemon vinaigrette is just the thing to brighten up your plate. The fettuccine itself is a beautiful pale orange hue, with a sweet and slightly earthy flavor that pairs perfectly with the bright acidity of the tomatoes and the tender greens. When you take a bite, you'll feel the delicate texture of the fettuccine, which is both satisfying and light. The lemon vinaigrette ties everything together with its tangy, zesty notes. This dish is a feast for the senses, with vibrant colors, fresh aromas, and bright flavors that will transport you straight to springtime.


Carrot Fettuccine Pasta Salad

Ingredients:

  • 1 package of Carrot Fettuccine

  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved

  • 4 cups fresh baby spinach

  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley

  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil

  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice

  • 2 teaspoons honey

  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard

  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Instructions:

  1. Cook the Valente Pasta Carrot Fettuccine according to package instructions until al dente. Drain the pasta and rinse with cold water to stop the cooking process. Allow the pasta to cool completely.

  2. While the pasta is cooking, prepare the cherry tomatoes by cutting them in half and chopping the fresh parsley.

  3. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the extra-virgin olive oil, freshly squeezed lemon juice, honey, and Dijon mustard until smooth. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste.

  4. Add the cooled Valente Pasta Carrot Fettuccine, cherry tomatoes, and fresh baby spinach to the mixing bowl with the dressing. Toss gently to coat everything in the dressing.

  5. Transfer the pasta salad to a serving dish and sprinkle with the chopped fresh parsley.

  6. Serve the pasta salad


This balsamic vinegar is a symphony of flavors that will awaken your taste buds. The deep, honey-like sweetness is immediately noticeable on the first taste, with a tangy kick of Meyer lemon that dances on the tongue. The aroma is equally delightful, with the sweet scent of honey and the refreshing notes of lemon. Whether you use it as a dressing for salads or as a glaze for roasted meats, this Meyer Lemon White Barrel Aged Balsamic will add a touch of elegance to any Springtime dish.


Meyer Lemon White Balsamic Vinaigrette - easy, versatile, and delicious!


Ingredients:

Instructions:

  1. In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, Meyer Lemon White Balsamic Vinegar, honey, and Dijon mustard until well combined.

  2. Season with salt and pepper to taste, and whisk again to incorporate.

  3. Use the vinaigrette immediately or store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to one week.

This Meyer Lemon White Balsamic Vinaigrette is perfect for dressing salads or as a marinade for chicken or fish. The sweetness of the honey pairs perfectly with the tangy Meyer lemon flavor, while the Dijon mustard adds a subtle spiciness. Drizzle it over fresh greens and vegetables for a refreshing and bright salad, or use it to add a burst of flavor to your favorite protein.



Chef Lerman's Strawberry Dijon Sauce and Salad Dressing is a culinary masterpiece created and made in the Finger Lakes Region of New York. The sauce has a smooth and velvety texture, with just the right amount of sweetness. Made with fresh, high-quality ingredients, this dressing is bursting with the fresh, juicy flavors of ripe strawberries and the earthy depth of dijon mustard. The sauce is versatile and can be used in a variety of ways, from drizzling over salads to glazing meats and vegetables. The aroma of the sauce is simply irresistible, with the fruity scent of strawberries mingling with the spicy aroma of dijon mustard, making it a sensory experience that is hard to resist.


Try it with this simple recipe from Chef Lerman himself- a wonderful way to enjoy seasonal produce.


Grilled Asparagus Strawberry Salad


For each salad:

  • 6-8 pencil asparagus- washed and trimmed

  • 6 large strawberries- shucked and halved

  • 1 cup red tipped leaf lettuce- washed, dried, and cut chiffonade

  • 2 T. extra virgin olive oil

  • 3 oz. Chef Lerman's Strawberry Dijon Dressing

  • pinch of salt & pepper

Directions:

  1. Toss asparagus with olive oil, salt & pepper

  2. Grill quickly on hot grill for 1 minute- turn and grill for 1 more minute

  3. Remove from heat

  4. Arrange lettuce on salad plates and top with asparagus and strawberries

  5. Drizzle with Chef Lerman's Strawberry Dijon Dressing. Enjoy!



If you're a fan of bold and unique flavor combinations, look no further than Q's Nuts Limoncello Lavender Cashews. These crunchy and buttery cashews are coated in a sweet and tangy glaze made with Limoncello, a lemon-flavored liqueur that originates from Italy. The Limoncello flavor is perfectly balanced with the delicate and floral notes of Lavender, which add a subtle but unmistakable aroma to these addictive cashews. With each bite, you'll experience the perfect harmony of zesty lemon, aromatic lavender, and the rich and nutty flavor of roasted cashews.


Crunchy and slightly sweet, Limoncello Lavender Cashews are a brilliant addition to charcuterie or cheese board. Here are some cheese pairing ideas for your consideration:

  • Blue Cheese: The sharp and pungent flavor of blue cheese pairs well with the floral notes of lavender and the bright sweetness of Limoncello. The strong flavor of blue cheese can hold up to the boldness of these flavors, creating a unique and flavorful pairing.

  • Soft and creamy brie cheese pairs well with the delicate floral notes of lavender. The rich and buttery flavor of brie complements the light herbal sweetness of lavender and the tartness of lemon.

  • Fresh and tangy goat cheese pairs well with both lavender and Limoncello. Zesty and savory, goat cheese complements the brightness of Limoncello and the floral notes of lavender


5. Honey


Spring is the season of renewal and growth, and honey is a perfect symbol of this time of year. As the flowers begin to bloom and the bees buzz from blossom to blossom, honey is produced in abundance, capturing the essence of the season in every drop.


Honey is a versatile ingredient in the culinary world and can be used in various ways. Here are some culinary uses for honey:

  • Sweetener: Honey can be used as a natural sweetener in place of sugar in recipes like baked goods, dressings, and marinades.

  • Glaze: Honey can be used to make a glaze for meats or vegetables by mixing it with spices or herbs and brushing it over the food before roasting or grilling.

  • Marinade: Honey can be used as a key ingredient in marinades for meat, poultry, and fish. The natural sugars in honey help to tenderize the meat while adding flavor.

  • Dessert: Honey can be used as a topping for ice cream, pancakes, and waffles, or as an ingredient in desserts like honey cake or baklava.

  • Tea and Beverages: Honey can be added to tea, coffee, and other beverages to add sweetness and flavor.

  • Salad Dressing: Honey can be used to make a variety of salad dressings, such as honey mustard or honey balsamic vinaigrette.

  • Cheese Pairing: Honey pairs well with cheese, and it can be served alongside a cheese platter or drizzled over cheese for a sweet and savory flavor combination.

Drizzle it over a bowl of fresh fruit or use it to sweeten a cup of tea, and let the flavors of spring come alive.


Shop our Honey Collection today and add a little sweetness to your Spring.


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With culinary love and inspiration,










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