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Fava Bean Tartines (& Friday Links)

Fava beans and asparagus are starting to make their way into the markets—one of the signals that spring is here!

It’s a good reminder for me to look back into the In Season archives for some recipe inspiration. These Fava beans—beautiful photographed by Sasha Swerdloff—are paired with leeks and a pesto of mint, parsley, hazelnuts, and lemon zest for some of the most lovely spring tartines. I’m excited to make them again soon! Here’s the full recipe for Fava Bean Tartines.

What do you look forward most to finding at your markets when the season shifts? Strawberries perhaps?

Here are some links of note (including a recipe for asparagus) to start the weekend. Enjoy!

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Easy DIY Centerpiece: How to Make a Eucalyptus Flower Garland

There’s something very romantic about letting flowers and greenery just spread out along a table filled with wine and candles—and hours-long dinner conversation. Last fall, along with friends, we’d joined a bid on a chef-catered dinner at home to benefit Davis Farm-to-School programs, and so all there was left for us to do was set the table!

A garland seemed like the perfect way to make things feel special, while keeping the centerpiece low enough that everyone could look across and talk to each other. Plus, it’s surprisingly easy to assemble.

Here’s how to make one… 

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5 Things: A Local’s Guide to Austin, Texas

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In “5 Things,” we ask some of our favorite insiders in cities all over the world to share insider travel tips on where to eat, shop, stay, and play in their neighborhoods (plus, what to pack to make the adventure complete). Today, I’m thrilled to welcome back Jen Pinkston of The Effortless Chic, who is whisking us away to Austin, Texas. It’s a fitting escape on this first day of spring—especially while big swaths of the country are still stuck in winter’s clutches.

5 Things: Austin, TX
by Jen Pinkston

In a city that has grown by fifteen times the national average over the last decade, I’m the kind of rare bird that was actually born and raised here in Austin. Because of this, I can wax poetic about my hometown for hours! Sure, I moved away for a quick decade post-college, but the laid-back vibes, socially conscious mentality and, of course the tacos, lured me back once we had kids.

Austin regularly makes the lists of best places to live and visit and for good reason! There are many things to see and do here, especially with kids in tow. (I know I’m probably in the minority here, but that happens to be my favorite way to travel!)

Keep reading for all of my must-do picks for the capital city of Texas!

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