(Family Features) - It might have been the birdsong I heard early this morning that made my winter-weary taste buds hungry for spring flavors. Welcome spring! I love the longer days, bluer sky and warmer breezes that bring a hint of new grass and bulbs bursting through the ground.
I, too, feel like springing back to life after winter's indoor retreat, so it's an inspiring time for me in the kitchen-I love to cook up an excuse to get together and share good food!
I can't wait to serve this splendid cheesecake, bursting with fresh lemon flavor that wakes up any palate. A golden shortbread crust is topped with a rich cream cheese and white baking bar filling kissed with lemon. This spectacular, sunny dessert is as much a harbinger of spring as a bed of crocuses!
After months of cocooning, rekindle your connection with the outdoors:
- Plan a leisurely brunch on the patio or deck.
- Too chilly? A screened-in porch or a sunny dining room offers a rich view of Mother Nature.
- Bring the outdoors in: Plant grass seed in a shallow container-keep moist and put in a sunny spot.
- Let every family member pick out a new perennial or bulbs to plant; treat them to something home-baked after a planting party.
Get busy baking for spring, with creative ideas fromVeryBestBaking.com.