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Monday, May 4, 2009

Spring Awakening

I've got garden-fresh asparagus! Seriously, look at them. Dirt is still clinging to these bad boys. After a very successful, productive meeting for the nonprofit I'm on the board of, Veggie U, we lucky board members were given some uber-fresh spring asparagus to take home. And I don't care what else happens today (ten pages? what?) I'm cooking those pretty green spears for dinner tonight. Question is, how? I love asparagus raw in salads, grilled over an open flame, oven-roasted with olive oil, drizzled with balsamic vengar. Considering how new and tender this batch is, though, I could go the fast and easy route and just steam them. They don't need a lot of gussying up, but I made mayonnaise last week, which has got to be the most perfect dipping sauce. Especially if I maybe swirled in a little extra lemon and garlic for an impromptu aioli. Deborah Madison, my vegetable guru, recommends cooking fresh asparagus in a skillet of boiling water, just until the spears turn an even brighter green. I've always steamed asparagus in a basket over boiling water, so I'll be interested to see if I can tell the difference. I agree with Deb, though, the main thing is not to overdo it. Take them off the heat before they're done--they'll keep cooking for a few minutes after they're out of the pot. I'll let you know how it turns out.

What's your favorite way to cook asparagus?


I usually roast them in the oven with salt, garlic, lemon and olive oil OR do them on the grill in a big foil pouch with either the same accompaniments or butter. LOVE!

Like Kristen, I like to roast them in the oven with some garlic and olive oil. They also do great on the grill. Only problem is I like it crispy and my kids like it on the soggy side. What's wrong with them?

My favorite way is in a cream soup my Big Guy makes. (its actually low fat. made with soy milk and yogurt if you can believe it.)
But otherwise, steamed, butter and salt.

hey - if you're in asparagus season, I'm sure to be right behind. (in Wisconsin)

So I ended up baking the asparagus with brown butter and parmesan. It was amazing! I took pics, but can't figure out how to post them in the comment field. Poop.

Have brought in blanched asparagus with homemade lemon mayo for lunch the last two days. Heaven.

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