30 Delicious Things To Cook In April

Time to ramp things up.


(This will vary depending on the time of the month and where you live).

Dandelion greens
Fava Beans
Fiddlehead Fern
Morel Mushrooms
Sunchokes (Jerusalem Artichokes)
Sweet Onions

1. Chocolate Cupcakes with Fresh Mint Buttercream

Ashley Rodriguez /

Recipe here.

2. Pea, Asparagus, and Fava Bean Salad

Hirsheimer Hamilton /

Fava beans are worth the work, trust me. Recipe here.

3. Shrimp in Achiote Oil

Matt Duckor /

Word to the wise: add shrimp to your weeknight dinner rotation. It’s quick, versatile, and tough to screw up. Recipe here.

4. Banana, Pecan, Coconut and Chocolate Chip Blondies

Izy Hossack /

Recipe here.

5. Braised Leeks and Muscovado Lentils

Hugh Forte /

Recipe here.

6. Morel and Asparagus Spaghetti

Yossy Arefi /

If you’re lucky enough to find morels at the farmer’s market, brace yourself for a little bit of sticker shock. Then, take a deep breath, remind yourself that a little goes a long way, and go for it. Recipe here.

7. Pea Tendril and Pistachio Pesto

Jeanine Donofrio /

It sounds fussy, but really all you need to do is throw everything in a food processor. Recipe here.

8. Beer Battered Fish Tacos with Margarita Mango Salsa with Jalepeño Crema

Jessica Merchant /

Recipe here.

9. Pizza with Za’atar, Preserved Lemons and Ricotta

Alexandra Stafford /

If you remembered to make preserved lemons this winter, your foresight is about to really pay off. Recipe here.

10. Citrus Fennel Salad

Marta Potoczek /

Recipe here.

11. Roasted Potato Galette with Cheddar and Chives

Joy Wilson /

Recipe here.

12. Ramp Butter

Matt Duckor /

If you’ve never tasted a ramp, that’s probably because they’re only in season for few elusive weeks each spring, and chefs tend to snatch them up before they get to market. If you do get your hands on some, this is a great way to preserve them and make their sharp, sweet, garlicky flavor last a little bit longer. Recipe here.

13. Snickers Semifreddo Cake

Naomi Robinson /

Naomi Robinson /


Recipe here.

14. Giant Lemon Fennel Beans

Heidi Swanson /

Recipe here.

15. Jerusalem Artichoke Gnocchi with Sautéed Kale

Elizabeth Stark /

Recipe here.

16. Mini Strawberry Shortcakes with Whipped Cream

Recipe here.

17. Spring Ham Steaks with Sweet Pea Leek Pan Sauce

Christina Holmes /

Easter dinner, anyone? Recipe here.

18. Artichoke Gratinata

Recipe here.

19. Rhubarb Upside Down Cake

Todd Coleman /

Upside down cake = what to bake if you hate baking. Recipe here.

20. Pretzel-Crusted Pork Schnitzel

Marcus Nilsson /

Because, it isn’t bathing suit season yet. Recipe here.

21. Open Omelet with Morcilla Sausage, Pancetta, and Fennel-Apple Salad

Emily Bartlett /

Recipe here.

22. Greek Steak Salad French Bread with Soft-Boiled Eggs and Feta

There are two really great things about this salad. 1) Steak. 2) It’s actually a sandwich. Recipe here.

23. Vegan Green Chili Mac & Cheese

Vegans: this cashew sauce will make your dreams come true. Recipe here.

24. Salade Niçoise

Todd Coleman /

Recipe here.

25. Papaya Bars

Adrianna Adarme /

Sometimes, life doesn’t give you lemons. Recipe here.

26. Rhubarb Fennel Fizz

Kimberly Hasselbrink /

Don’t overthink it. Recipe here.

27. Ramp Pizza

Deb Perelman /

Recipe here.

28. Spring Pea and Fava Bean Guacamole with Root Chips

Recipe here.

29. Strawberry Basil Hand Pies

Elizabeth Stark /

Perfection is for fools. Recipe here.

30. Chartreuse Smash

Maime Iatonni /

Bottoms up. Recipe here.

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