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9 Ways to Celebrate the Groundhog's Spring Forecast

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This morning Punxsutawney Phil, the world's most reliable rodent weather-teller, did not see his shadow. A member of Phil's inner circle read, "An early Spring is my forecast!" You (and Bill Murray) know what that means: Bring on the ramps and the snow peas and the artichokes!

Spring is coming! (Right?)
Spring is coming! (Right?)

But not quite so fast: It's 34° F in Phil's Pennsylvania, which doesn't feel like spring. So maybe let's just pretend for a while? Here are 9 winter dishes that are so bright they feel like spring (which, if you're a believer in groundhog folklore, is thankfully not so far off):

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My New Roots' Inspirational Sunflower Seed Risotto
My New Roots' Inspirational Sunflower Seed Risotto
Maple Persimmon Upside-Down Cake with Maple Cream
Maple Persimmon Upside-Down Cake with Maple Cream
Meyer Lemon Focaccia
Meyer Lemon Focaccia
Roasted Broccoli and Red Onions with Caramelized Shallots and Aioli
Roasted Broccoli and Red Onions with Caramelized Shallots and Aioli
Forbidden Rice Salad with Thai Coconut-Lime Dressing
Forbidden Rice Salad with Thai Coconut-Lime Dressing
Ginger-Marinated Butternut Squash
Ginger-Marinated Butternut Squash
Lemon Lavender Gin Rickey
Lemon Lavender Gin Rickey
Rosemary Honey Lemon Frozen Yogurt
Rosemary Honey Lemon Frozen Yogurt
A Simple, Bright Persimmon Salad
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A Simple, Bright Persimmon Salad

Are you a follower of Punxsutawney Phil? What about his Canadian counterpart, Shubenacadie Sam? Tell us in the comments below!

Tags: groundhog day, early spring