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It's spring, you guys!

While spring officially began weeks ago, winter persisted and gave us an extra dose of cold, nasty weather. A far cry from last year when I was hardening off my tomato starts in March!

There are a lot of voices in the food world right now.

For those in search of a change of pace this Passover, look no further than these tasty morsels. Any white-fleshed fish will do--we use tilapia since it is so economical. We love them with nam prik, the traditional table sauce of Thailand. It is served with vegetables, stirred into soups, and used as a sauce for rice, noodles, meat, or fish.

Much is made of the humble egg this time of year. And why not? In terms of symbols for growth, regeneration, and promise, the egg may be the most logical choice. I'm still not sure about the whole rabbit thing, but I'll play along since they're so adorable...and prolific.

Coconut macaroons are the poster child of Passover desserts. You'll see the occasional nutty, egg-leavened torte or sorbet, but we all keep coming back to the macaroon.

With Passover just around the corner and Spring taking its sweet time this year in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains, we thought it would be a good time to revisit our old, comforting friend: Matzo Ball Soup. You can fancify this recipe any way you please...

The sap is rising. We're moving into a brighter, warmer season, casting off the cumbersome and unwieldy. I envision a collective unburdening--people liberated from their turtlenecks and woolen mittens, dusting off their lives, and putting on something vastly more comfortable.


Joy of Cooking App for iPad and iPhone

After three years of collaborative effort with our friends at Culinate and Scribner, it is our pleasure to introduce the Joy of Cooking for iPad and iPhone! Please check out this full-featured, digital version of the 2006 edition. In addition to the recipes and indispensable reference information our readers know and love, the app has many features that are brand new to JOY:

  • Built-in recipe timers (you can have multiple timers going simultaneously)
  • Search for and filter recipes by key word, ingredient, cuisine, season, technique, diet, and more
  • Create shopping lists from within the app
  • Convert any recipe to metric automatically
  • Give voice commands or have recipe steps spoken to you
  • Create menus in the app
  • Share recipes from within the app
  • Color photography

Truly a JOY for the 21st century! Download by directing your browser to Don't forget to review the app!