When warm rains give way to vibrant crocus blooms, it's time to step outside and enjoy the bounty of spring. From succulent strawberries and apricots to savory green garlic and vidalia onions, Spring Gatherings finds inspiration in the season's freshest ingredients. Award-winning cooking instructor Rick Rodgers captures spring's finest flavors in dozens of easy and elegant recipes. Start off a dinner party with Roasted Artichokes with Green Garlic Goddess Dip or Vidalia Onion Soup with Cheddar Toasts. Impress your friends with a main course of Duck Breasts with Rhubarb-Cherry Chutney or Marinated Grilled Pork Chops with Apricots. Finish the meal with tangy and refreshing Strawberry Mousse and your guests may never leave!You'll also find Rick's favorite recipe for luscious Hamantaschen, perfect for filling the cookie jar, and a complete menu for an Easter feast featuring Roast Rack of Lamb with Mint Bearnaise and Coconut Tres Leches Cake. There's no better way to usher in the season than by sharing a hearty meal with family and friends. With mouthwatering recipes and beautiful color photographs, Spring Gatherings will bring the fragrance and beauty of spring to your table all year long.