Cooking Fresh

BY JESS THOMSOM

Mom: It’s a word most of us use every day. As in, Mom, can you send me that lamb recipe? Or Mom, can you read another bedtime story? Ask your mom. Or, maybe if you’re really lucky: My mom is taking the kids again tonight.

Here’s a dinner menu that lets you give back in a big way, even if you’re not the world’s most experienced cook. It’s seasonal, yet simple enough for a weeknight—you can make warm, tarragon-flecked asparagus salad and silky mashed cauliflower while the lamb roasts and rests, in less than an hour. If you have time, stir up the rich ricotta brownies the night before, and serve them for dessert with warm cherry compote.

So try it: Mom, dinner’s ready! Then, all together now: Thank you.

Silky Pureed Cauliflower with Buttermilk, Garlic, and Chives
Simple Rack of Lamb with Rosemary and Lavender
Warm Asparagus Salad with Creamy Tarragon Vinaigrette
Gluten-Free Ricotta Brownies with Cherries

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