5 Recipes To Celebrate Spring This April

Ring in the season with deviled eggs, matzo balls, and artichokes.

Classic Deviled Eggs

The Spruce / Julia Hartbeck

As we come out of the slowness and quietness of winter and into spring's burgeoning energy, we find ourselves ready to lean into the change in seasons in all parts of our lives. Maybe for you that means more walks around your neighborhood to bask in the longer days and heady fragrance of everything blooming all at once (or perhaps your allergies have a slightly different opinion of spring). Maybe it means hitting the farmers market for those first tender bunches of asparagus. These small changes in our routines are celebrations of the fits and starts of new life.

Likewise each recipe in this month's roundup is a tiny celebration, from fluffy, herb butter-laced yeast rolls to buoyant, herby matzo balls in rich broth. There's a modern classic cupcake recipe to get you through tax day (or just any random Monday) and a steamed artichoke how-to that will have you luxuriously dipping tender leaves in melted butter before you know it. Embrace the season by branching out in your kitchen, because you don't have to get a face full of pollen to welcome spring.

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    Herb and Parmesan Pull-Apart Rolls

    Herb and parmesan pull apart rolls

    The Spruce Eats / Julia Hartbeck

    Easter menus usually focus on roast ham or lamb, asparagus, and other seasonal side dishes. But we are all about the carbs. These supremely tender herb and parmesan pull-apart rolls will be the perfect companion to whatever you're putting on the table, and even better, they're the ideal vehicle for the inevitable ham leftovers.

  • 02 of 05

    Classic Deviled Eggs

    Classic Deviled Eggs

    The Spruce / Julia Hartbeck

    This simple, classic deviled egg recipe is the perfect blank canvas for a variety of flavorings and fillings. Get inspired by your favorite flavor combinations and create something new. For example, mince some dill pickles and add fresh dill for dill pickle deviled eggs. Mix the mashed yolks into pimento cheese and use that to fill the eggs. Or shower these eggs with garnishes like crisp cooked bacon, sliced pickled jalapeños, or even wispy Parmesan shavings.

  • 03 of 05

    Chocolate Cupcakes

    Chocolate butter cream frosting on cupcakes in purple cupcake holders

    The Spruce Eats / Cara Cormack

    Apropos of tax day, here is a chocolate cupcake recipe for you because you deserve it. Soothe your screen-weary eyes by gazing upon the glory of a perfectly moist dark chocolate cake lusciously slathered with silky chocolate frosting. Then put up your feet, peel off the frilly paper wrapper, and feel the endorphins envelop your brain in a warm and cozy bear hug. Feel better?

  • 04 of 05

    Instant Pot Matzo Ball Soup

    Instant Pot Matzo Ball Soup in bowls

    The Spruce Eats / Cara Cormack

    Free up your stovetop this Passover by making matzo ball soup in the Instant Pot. The added bonus is that the Instant Pot produces a rich and flavorful broth in a mere 35 minutes. While the Instant Pot depressurizes, you have plenty of time to whip up the matzo balls and maybe a batch of charoset.

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    Steamed Artichokes

    Steamed Artichokes

    The Spruce / Preethi Venkatram

    Artichokes are a springtime delicacy rivaled only by asparagus and sweet peas. There are all kinds of ways to enjoy these delectable thistles, but simply steaming them and serving them with a rich sauce like melted butter or garlicky mayonnaise allows the beautiful natural flavor of the vegetable to come through. There is also something strangely satisfying about the ritual of pulling away one leaf at a time, tantalizingly revealing the heart bit by bit.