Green almonds have a really short season—sharing that Endangered Spring Vegetable Status with ramps, fiddlehead ferns, and pea greens—from April to about mid-June. You might find them labeled "fresh almonds."
For this pizza, you build layers of flavor by quickly sautéing the shrimp in a little bit of bacon fat and freshly cracked black pepper. The bacon adds a subtle smokiness that pairs really well with the asparagus.
I know: When will I stop raving about compound butter? Never, probably. (But I'll bet you could guess that.) The stuff is just too easy to make—and too darned good.
What is compound butter?
Warning: Baking this cake will fill your kitchen with the irresistible smell of oranges. This is a slightly modified version of a recipe I saw recently in Saveur. It's a buttery pound cake shot through with freshly grated orange zest and soaked with sweet orange syrup.
Candied fruit peel is one of those miraculous acts of culinary alchemy. You take tough, bitter fruit rind that's packed with oil you could use to polish your furniture, and, thanks to the magic of sugar, transform it into heavenly, fragrant candy.