Signs of Spring Dinner for Six

April is a month known for showers, but to me it signals the onset of spring. Crisp spring weather puts me in the mood for entertaining, and this month's menu is one of my favorites.

Baby spinach leaves become the base for an over-the-top salad tossed with a Sweet-Bacon Vinaigrette and topped with Bacon-Wrapped Scallops. Bagged triple-washed spinach makes the salad a snap to prepare.

The pairing of salmon, corn and asparagus sings of spring, and here the salmon is extra special with an overnight maple-soy cure and a hefty dose of crushed black pepper. The roasted salmon is perfect atop a Corn and Cream Savory Bread Pudding that is ultra rich and delicious. Roasted asparagus can cook right along with the salmon, making it an effortless way to highlight the perfect in-season asparagus.

Dessert is a chocolate lover's dream. Blender Amaretto Pots de Crème are as simple as simmering some whipping cream and flipping the switch on my Viking blender. Amaretto liqueur gives these dense chocolate puddings a lovely almond flavor. A Mocha Java "Cigar" alongside is a nice touch, but if time is short, a simple fanned strawberry would make a lovely garnish.