Snap Pea Spring Pasta with Asparagus and Parmesan.

One of my very favorite things about this time of year is simply shopping what's in season.

Driving by and grabbing a farm-fresh watermelon off the back of a truck or walking up to the farmers market in our neighborhood on Saturday morning to see what looks good and throw together a meal. When the ingredients are at their peak it's kind of hard to go wrong. 

Pasta is always an easy way to incorporate seasonal vegetables and with kids it's always a win. This recipe is quick and easy with just a few ingredients and is easily scaleable for a crowd.

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SNAP PEA SPRING PASTA WITH ASPARAGUS + PARMESAN

  • 1 lb fresh asparagus, chopped
  • 1 package angel hair pasta
  • 3 handfuls sugar snap peas, trimmed
  • 1/2 cup grated or shaved Parmigiano Reggiano cheese
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • kosher salt + pepper to taste

Boil large pot of salted water and cook pasta until al dente, drain and set aside. In medium pot, chop and blanch asparagus until tender. Remove from pot and set aside, then blanch trimmed peas until tender.  Toss noodles in olive oil and toss in peas and asparagus. With tongs spin birds nest pile onto each plate. Drizzle with olive oil and salt and pepper to taste. Finish with a hearty sprinkling of parmesan on top. Enjoy!

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DIY Copper Garden Markers.

If you're anything like me you love a good garden that looks like it stepped directly out of Peter Rabbit's sweet cottage garden set on an English countryside. I hope you've been following along with our Farmhouse Garden series this season, with all the garden-to-table vegetables, fruits, herbs + florals you'll need to effortlessly entertain at a moments notice.

DIY copper garden plant markers / heirloomed

I took these really sturdy + sweet little copper garden markers from Home Depot and did a simple DIY to them with my old-school label maker by adding the plant names. The plant markers are not flimsy and they won't rot away so I knew they'd be perfect for getting me through the season and still being able to ID what I had planted. The all-metal will only get better with age and is waterproof to hold up outside.

DIY copper herb garden stakes / heirloomed
Blueberry copper plant marker for your garden / heirloomed
DIY copper garden markers / heirloomed

And I just love how "farmhouse" these black + white plastic labels are these days, some things never go out of style! And you can use this for a million things around your house and for the kids which is great too. And I went with the all-black tape because it's timeless. It's easy to use too, you just insert the tape, turn the ABC wheel until the letter is showing that you want to use and click the button on the handle. When you're done with the plant name (or whatever word you're creating) you can click the button to cut it and you have the cute little strip ready to apply anywhere! These are plastic so they're also waterproof, which is perfect for the garden.

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Herb Garden Mint Julep Jars.

It’s that special time of year where entertaining is at its peak, thanks to all this beautiful weather and sunshine. And today I’m celebrating with a fresh, seasonal cocktail recipe.

mint julep jar cocktails / heirloomed

One of my favorite products, Ball® Mason Jars teamed up with Domino Magazine for a fun event in Nashville recently to showcase the #ManyUsesofMason and although I wasn’t able to make the trip (though I’m planning one soon, stay tuned!)  I could certainly relate to the challenge. I use Ball Jars for everything from packaging for some of my products, to air-tight pantry storage, DIY floral vases and cute entertaining for drinks at any event or party.

Today I’m teaming up with my friends at Ball® to share a seasonal recipe for Herb Garden Mint Julep Jars. It’s my take on the Southern classic and instead of drinking them out of the refined silver julep cups we’ve all grown to love, I’m sharing an effortless update on this entertaining essential.

Mint herb garden / heirloomed

My herb garden is going absolutely crazy right now and my sprawling mint is nearly covering all the beds in my front garden after just three years of planting them. It makes for a beautiful and fragrant ground cover but beware as it will certainly takeover your garden if you let it.

fresh mint for mint juleps / heirloomed

Because the star of this cocktail is the beautiful mint leaf, serving them in the clear Ball® jars is the perfect way to let them shine. I love the Quilted Jam Jars for serving individual glasses to my guests and the Wide Mouth Quart Sized Jars for storing my Mint Simple Syrup to keep on hand.

fresh mint julep cocktail / heirloomed

Here’s a classic take on one of my favorite Southern signature cocktails, the Mint Julep.

 

Herb Garden Mint Julep Jars

  • 1 ½ parts Bourbon
  • 2 springs fresh Mint
  • 2 TBSP mint simple syrup
  • Splash of cold water
  • 1 tsp powdered sugar
  • Crushed ice

Pluck the leaves from one spring of mint to flil the bottom of your larger jar. Add mint simple syrupand using a muddler or end of a wooden spoon or rolling pin, muddle together your mint leaves with simple syrup, bourbon and water. Fill your small jar with crushed ice and pour mixture over on top. Sift powdered sugar on top and garnish with remaining spring of mint. Enjoy!


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A little tip, if you don’t have good crushed ice at your house simply take ice cubes and seal in a bag then hit them gently with a rolling pin to break them up into perfect little pieces for your drink.

crushed ice for mint juleps / heirloomed
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I hope you’ll try your hand at this easy and delicious cocktail recipe. Grab all the Ball® Mason Jars you need over at your local Target for a great selection (and you can even use the Ibotta app to get money back when you shop. See here for more details on using the app). 

I’d also love to see your #ManyUsesforMason and how you’re using (and re-using) your Ball® Mason Jars in your own home. I’ve always wondering how folks are re-using the jars from our aprons so please be sure to share!

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Rhubarb Slab Pie.

The Spring and Summer seasons are filled with some of the most delicious fruits + vegetables around. While they are known for the season, there is that specific, optimal time where each unique crop is absolutely at it's peek for a week or two each year. 

The produce hero of the moment is rhubarb. 

Rhubarb Slab Pie/ summer southern recipes / heirloomed

Rhubarb has this perfect, tart flavor that is unlike any other. It is delicious alone or when paired with other berries, such as strawberry or raspberry. My head always goes to pie (in general, not jus with rhubarb ...) but another fan favorite is rhubarb jelly.

Today I'm sharing this super simple, seasonal recipe for Rhubarb Slab Pie and it's just as Southern as you might imagine. Mascarpone, almond and honey play up the flavors of the rhubarb and you can whip this one up in just a few minutes after dinner and top with a fresh scoop of ice cream.

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Rhubarb Slab Pie

PIE CRUST :

FILLING INGREDIENTS :

  • Bundle of fresh rhubarb stalks
  • 1 TBSP all-purpose flour
  • 1 TBSP granulated sugar
  • 1 TBSP cold water
  • 1/2 tsp cornstarch
  • 4 oz mascarpone cheese
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds
  • 1/2 tsp almond extract
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 egg + splash of milk (whisked) for egg wash
  • 1 TBSP honey for generous drizzle

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Make pie crust dough as outlined here in recipe. On a floured surface, roll out to rectangular slab and set aside.

Wash and pat dry rhubarb stalks. Cut stalks in half lengthwise and then slice each segment in half into thinner pieces. Place into a large mixing bowl with flour, cornstarch, almond extract and cold water, tossing to dredge the rhubarb. Add sliced almonds, reserving a handful to sprinkle on top as garnish. 

Spread mascarpone cheese over the pie crust slab, leaving approximately one inch border to fold over the crust. Lay pieces of dredged rhubarb side by side across the mascarpone slab all the way across until completely covered. Sprinkle granulated sugar (reserving a small amount for garnishing the crust) and kosher salt across the top of the rhubarb. Sprinkle remaining sliced almonds across the top of the rhubarb filling.

Fold edges of pie crust back over to "seal" the slab pie and using a fork to crimp closed. Use a pastry brush to apply egg wash to the rim of pie crust and sprinkle with remaining dusting of granulated sugar. Finally, drizzle entire slab with a generous amount of honey.

Bake for 30-40 minutes until rhubarb is tender. Set aside to cool before slicing. Top with a scoop of fresh vanilla bean ice cream and enjoy!

 

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Picnic-Perfect Potato Salad.

Here in the South we are known for our "salads" when entertaining. Egg salad, tuna salad, potato salad and beyond. These mayo-filled bowls of mush are often associated with picnics and ladies luncheons alike, but I'm here to tell you that not all of us grew up on these varieties. 

Though I love a good dish with mayo, this chunky version of potato salad is the perfect blend of tang, mustard a whole lot of herbs makes it so full of flavor and a gorgeous presentation to boot.

ingredients for vinegar mustard based potato salad / heirloomed
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This is one of those recipes where you can substitute 'til your hearts desire. Try a different kind of mustard or variation of vinegar, or toss in just about whatever fresh herbs you have growing at the moment.

The key to me is going heavy on the herbs, super chunky on the potatoes for a rustic, hearty dish and adding a tad more mustard than you're used to. This one gets better the longer it sits too so it's perfect when stored in the refrigerator and served the next day too.

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Picnic Potato Salad

INGREDIENTS :

  • 3 lbs Honey Gold Potatoes, boiled and halved
  • 3 TBSP apple cider vinegar
  • 4 tsp whole grain mustard 
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 bunch fresh green onions
  • 1 bunch fresh dill 
  • 1 bunch flat leaf Italian parsley
  • 3-4 whole brown eggs, soft boiled
  • kosher salt + cracked pepper to taste

DIRECTIONS :

In a large saucepan, salt and boil potatoes until tender. Drain and set aside to cool.

In a small saucepan, salt and boil eggs until soft boiled. Drain and set aside in ice water bath to cool.

In a large bowl, whisk together vinegar, mustard and mustard seed, gradually adding in olive oil until emulsified. Halve the cooled potatoes and add to the vinaigrette and toss. Rough chop herbs (parsley, dill and green onions) and toss into potato mixture. Halve or rough chop eggs for garnish. Salt and pepper to taste. Enjoy!

the best mustard potato salad recipe / heirloomed
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heirloomed is a lifestyle brand with a mission of "keeping heirlooms around for another generation." Our blog features stories about family recipes, creating traditions with your family, interior design and entertaining by mixing new and vintage pieces, classic style, and small town + historic travel. Our shop features a collection of "goods inspired by the past, for generations to enjoy" with an array of products and meaningful gifts including linen apronstabletop linensartceramics and beyond. Learn more at www.heirloomedcollection.com