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Green: a color long overdue in this prairie landscape.

One of my favorite bloggers, The Pioneer Woman, has readers submit themed photos now and then. This week’s theme is ‘Green’ and I, for one, am loving all the lush color of the submissions. Check ’em out here on Flickr.

After 542 days of frigid temps, stony gray skies and/or mounds of ice and snow, I am thrilled to see little green buds sprouting on my trees and shrubs.

To celebrate that spring is finally here, dammit, here are some green-a-licious pictures I’ve taken. Some are recent, some from last spring.

And if you make it to the end of this post, you’ll find a lovely little recipe involving a green veggie. (Even the Mr. said Yum, so you know it’s good!)

Enjoy the green-ness!

Giant cabbage at Powell Gardens

Sea glass

Ash-Leaf Spirea buds

Moss & Lichen on The Grandfather Tree

Sedum 'Autumn Joy' in spring.

Christopher Elbow Chocolates

And here’s the recipe I promised. Quick, easy and tasty. It’s from Smitten Kitchen.

Quick Sauté of Zucchini with Toasted Almonds

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons thinly sliced almonds
  • 1 to 2 small zucchini, cut into 1/8-inch matchsticks with a knife or julienne blade on a mandoline
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • Few ounces pecorino Romano or paremsan, in thin slices — a peeler  works great for this

Heat the oil on high in a large skillet. When it is hot but not smoking, add the almonds to the pan. Cook them, while stirring, until the almonds are golden-brown, approximately a minute or two.

Add the zucchini to the pan, tossing it with the oil and almonds until it just begins to glisten, about one minute. The idea is not to cook the zucchini so much as warm it.

Season with salt and pepper and serve immediately, with or without cheese on top.

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