The Wonderful World of Alliums

Chives

chives_lgChives are the smallest members of the onion family, resembling tiny green onions with mild onion flavoring. Use as you would other herbs: enjoy raw in salads or on baked potatoes. Chives also keep their bright green color when cooked, making for a lovely addition to pasta, garlic bread, dumplings, or savory spreads.

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Cactus Veggie Salad

Potato Radish Salad

Adapted from foodandspice.blogspot.com

INGREDIENTS
3–4 medium potatoes (with skins), quartered lengthwise
1 bunch radishes, thinly sliced
1/2–3/4 cup young celery, diced (optional)
2 tablespoons fresh chives, chopped (or thinly sliced green onions or minced shallots)
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Butterhead Lettuce, Peach, and Goat Cheese Salad

Potato Salad

Portobella Mushroom, Lemon, Chive Blossom & Spring Garlic Bowtie Pasta

INGREDIENTS
8 ounces dried small pasta (farfalle aka “bowtie” works well for this dish)
1 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons green garlic, minced
1 portobella mushroom, base removed, top cut in half and thinly sliced
1 tablespoon white table wine
1/4 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice
2 tablespoons chive blossoms, separated
2 tablespoons minced chives (green part)
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 teaspoon salt (to taste)
Pinch pepper
2 to 4 tablespoons pasta cooking water

PREPARATION
Fill a large pot with 8 cups water and 1 tablespoon salt. Bring to a boil and stir in pasta. Cook according to package instructions and reserve 1/2 cup cooking water before draining.