Melia Marden

This recipe is proof that a well-stocked pantry is all it takes to make canned chickpeas taste amazing. For a Middle Eastern flavor, the chickpeas are tossed with toasted cumin, fennel and coriander seeds and minced preserved lemon, then brightened with chopped fresh herbs. Slideshow:  Chickpea Recipes 
Whole-Grain Cherry Crumble
Rating: Unrated
At first glance, this appears to be a very classic cherry crumble, but there are three genius details that add layers of delicious flavor. First, the topping is made with whole wheat flour for a pleasantly hefty, rustic character; second, a splash of balsamic vinegar adds subtle complexity to the cherries; third, grated pear is mixed into the filling, which not only rounds out the bright cherry flavor but also helps thicken the juices. Slideshow:  Fruit Cobbler and Crisp Recipes 
This roast leg of lamb is rubbed with the classic combo of rosemary and garlic, but gets an unexpected twist with the addition of chopped fresh lavender. It's served with a sweet-and-sour shallot jam made from dates, honey and apple cider vinegar. 
Perfect for springtime, this delicious side dish features haricots verts sautéed in olive oil and butter with fresh morels. Dried morels can be used if fresh are unavailable by soaking 1 cup (1 ounce) of them in boiling water for about 20 minutes; drain them before sautéing.