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Seasonal Cooking for Spring

March 20 heralded the official start of spring in the Northern Hemisphere, a season famous in the Netherlands for its delicate white asparagus, tender spinach and leeks, juicy blood oranges, succulent lamb, and herbs such as chives and wild stinging nettles.

Favorite Recipes for Spring
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All About King's Day

Wednesday April 16, 2014
Queens Day

The investiture of Willem-Alexander as King of the Netherlands on April 30, 2013 brought an end to the tradition of celebrating Queen's Day (Koninginnedag) on that day. From 2014 the annual Dutch public holiday will be known as King's Day, or Koningsdag. The holiday will be officially held on April 27 (unless it falls on a Sunday, as it does this year, when it will be celebrated on April 26). Learn more about King's Day and discover our Recipe Ideas for your King's Day Table.

Photo Netherlands Board of Tourism & Conventions

New! Rainbow Carrot Salad Recipe

Tuesday April 15, 2014
Shaved Heirloom Carrot Salad Recipe
Certain recipes just come to us while we're perusing our favorite fruit and veg stall at our local farmer's market. Right there, on the spot, we envisioned these purple, yellow and orange beauties thinly shaved, dressed with orange and fennel. This recipe is no doubt a throwback to the grated orange and carrot salad my mother used to make when I was a child, but this is my version. That this crunchy carrot salad recipe also happens to be healthy and fits within trendy gluten-free, vegan and raw food health plans is a happy coincidence.

Photo © Karin Engelbrecht

Easter Recipe Ideas

Monday April 14, 2014
Easter Bunnies

You'll find the same penchant for chocolate bunnies and Easter egg hunts in Holland, but there are a few Easter traditions unique to the Netherlands, where the holiday is known as Pasen. Our (updated) collection of Easter Menu Ideas and Easy Egg Recipes should give you plenty of inspiration.

Photo © Van Velze's

Restaurant Festival Kicks Off Today

Monday April 14, 2014
The Restaurant Festival, the Netherlands' self-proclaimed ''most exclusive dining event'', starts today. Some 100 top restaurants are offering all-inclusive dinners starting from 100 per person and lunches from 50 per person (with a small surcharge per Michelin star). The prices generally include all the food and wine consumed, as well as water, coffee and tea. The festival will run until April 27. For more information, see www.restaurantfestival.nl

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