April showers and easter leftovers

Named for the Latin “aperit” meaning “to open,” April is the month when trees and flowers begin to open their buds. Yet April still has one foot in winter: its famous April showers can leave us yearning for more of the warm, cozy, cold-weather foods. If you had a big Easter meal on Sunday and feel a need to lighten up a bit this week, a soup or salad dinner can provide not only that warm comfort, but help you feel downright virtuous after holiday overeating. And if you can use up some of the usual Easter leftovers in that soup or salad, you will savor a culinary trifecta of comfort, lightness, and creativity.