If you are a regular reader of this blog, you know that every Tuesday night in our household is pizza night. I love that because I never have to think about what to make that night. I just get the dough going sometime in the afternoon. I let it proof and then I punch it down, break it up into individual dough balls and then let those rise. We all fix our own personal size pizza. I usually fix a vegetarian pizza and if I have some good quality anchovies, I will pop those on, too. But sometimes I want a little variety and that is the time to make a "Pizza Quattro Stagioni". This means "four seasons" in Italian and you simply divide the pizza up into four sections. It's traditionally made with artichokes, mozzarella, tomato sauce, ham and olives, but you can play around with it and make it with any combination you like.
This is the beginning of fava bean season and many people are not sure how to prepare this spring vegetable. They are becoming increasingly popular and you can find them at farmer's markets and even some grocery stores. Some people call them broad beans, but most likely they will be labeled as fava beans. These beans are very popular in Italy and many Italians like to eat them in the most simple manner - young favas, peeled and raw with a slice of pecorino. The flavor combination is perfect.
Now that it's asparagus season, it's time to break out every great asparagus recipe and enjoy the freshest asparagus you can get. For me, there is a farm right across the street from our subdivision that grows and sells asparagus, freshly picked. On Saturdays here, the farmer's market has loads of fresh asparagus. This frittata is one of the easiest things you can make and it not only makes a nice breakfast, but a great light lunch, too. I use fresh eggs from a local farm that come in a range of beautiful colors.