Almost Spring …

I don’t care what that stupid groundhog has to say — we could feel spring in the air last week! And if warm temperatures aren’t enough to get you thinking of ditching your winter coat, then the seasonal fair at your supermarket ought to be.

One thing has us terribly excited at Feaston — it’s almost time to plant our garden! For us, that means a handful of fresh herbs that will carry us through spring and summer, and with a few tricks, even beyond. We tried, mostly unsuccessfully, to grow tomatoes in buckets last year. I don’t know that we have the wherewithal to do it again. But the herbs turned out fantastic! This year, we’re planning on introducing cilantro, mint, rosemary, basil and oregano to our windowsills. We’ll keep you posted on their progress.

Spring also means a whole host of new flavors in the grocery store — already the strawberries are coming down in price, and the produce section is offering more colorful vegetables than just potatoes, onions and other roots. Not that we ever stop using garlic and onions in our dishes.

Unfortunately, it’s not spring yet. So until it’s time to sip cold beers while waiting for the grill to heat up, we can offer you some winter dinner staples that will fill you up fast (and for not a lot of monies).

This week’s menu includes international fare and a few Mike and Michelle originals:

Start the week off with Mike’s Spicy Cheesy Chicken and Noodles, a fast and easy dinner for bachelors and anyone else who needs to eat.

On Wednesday, we offer a German classic — Boneless Pork Chops with Sauerkraut and Apples. Made in the Crock Pot, these take no effort at all.

Finally, on Friday, we present the cautionary tale known as the Risotto Disaster. It’s an important lesson for home cooks everywhere.

And don’t forget Thirsty Thursday, which this week offers a classic Belgian Duuel that will go right to your head.

In the meantime, bundle up, stay warm and keep thinking thoughts of spring!

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