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The Best of Spring Cooking with Ali Slagle

“This is like therapy—it really helps lift the spirits, talking about asparagus!”

Hello, and welcome back to the show! Today’s episode brought me so much joy, and I think you’re going to love it (but take warning: it will make you hungry). I speak with Ali Slagle, author of the James Beard award-nominated cookbook I Dream of Dinner (So You Don't Have To) and publisher of the Substack

. She’s also a frequent contributor to the New York Times.

Ali and I share our favorite ways to use spring ingredients, from asparagus, to peas, to new potatoes, rhubarb, lamb and more. We discuss ways to make spring cooking not only easier, but also more delicious, offering specific recipe ideas, cooking techniques and prep tips. We also share our favorite spring entertaining menus, which would be perfect for Easter this weekend. 

I recorded the conversation in early March on a gray, cold day, and this conversation truly was “therapy,” as Ali stated. I think you’re going to walk away with actionable cooking tips, but also uplifted and excited to start cooking. I’ve included links below to many of the recipes that we discussed! 

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xo, Nicki

Recipes mentioned in the episode (in the order mentioned):


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