Monday, May 16, 2011

Asparagus

The weather is still gray and chilly but the asparagus is green!  I braved the chill and threat of rain to drive down to LE Garden in Demotte and was rewarded with five pounds of freshly collected spears from the garden.

I also observed many farm fields under water--one, so much so, that it resembled a lake with waves beating against the nearby shore.  The far shore was out of eyesight.  Everything was lush and green on the drive but the cornfields I passed showed sprouts of only a few inches in height.  I'm not sure what this means for the farmers.




I could not wait to get these beauties on the table!  I'd planned a rack of lamb for dinner and decided that part of the asparagus would be made into a simple salad to show off its just-picked freshness.



Asparagus Salad

2 pounds fresh asparagus with woody bottoms broken off
1 cup white balsamic vinaigrette dressing*
2 tsp lemon zest
salt and pepper to taste

Dressing*
1/3 cup white balsamic vinegar
1 tsp superfine sugar (or to taste)
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp freshly ground pepper
2/3 cup good olive oil

Whisk all together well


1.  Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil.  Add the asparagus and cook until slightly tender but still crisp, about three minutes.  You may stop the cooking by plunging the asparagus into a bowl of iced water.  I've learned to eliminate this step and still retain the color.  By all means, use the ice water bath if you aren't comfortable omitting it.  Drain the asparagus and place into a large bowl.

2.  Add the dressing and be sure all spears are coated.  Sprinkle with the lemon zest.

3.  Refrigerate at least three hours.

ENJOY!

32 comments:

  1. Hi dear... how are you?? here weather is sunny..at last!!! This asparugus recipe is really easy, but delish!!! HAve a nice day, ciao Flavia

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  2. Sounds like a nice recipe to enjoy asparagus at it's best! The flooded fields do not sound like a good thing:@(

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  3. I love asparagus but can't cook it. I'm giving this to a friend of mine who's a whiz in the kitchen and hope she'll make it for me :)

    I do hope all the crops aren't ruined!!!!

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  4. Love to find a new way to prepare asparagus and this one really sounds great. Hope your man has a quick recovery from that pneumonia.
    rita

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  5. i absolutely love asparagus - could eat it every night. I have used grilled asparagus on salads - I will have to try your recipe.

    Carol

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  6. We enjoyed a nice bunch of asparagus roasted on the grill this weekend... and I ate almost as many fresh and crispy while I was washing them! LOVE asparagus any way you can fix it (I even love the canned version!! LOL) I will definitely have to give your recipe a try! blessings ~ tanna

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  7. Oh they looks o good! This looks easy but insanely delicious- my favorite kinds of dishes! My family owns alot of farmland in Louisian and every day they are scared the levee will be breached. I am so worried for them and I hate that there is nothing I can do. I am sorry about all the fields there with flooding. I am praying

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  8. Asparagus is one of the treasures of Spring!

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  9. I'm growing to like asparagas ... (there are few things I don't care for but this one used to head the list). I think marinated like this would be delicious and I need to get better acquainted with the vegetable from my own kitchen. I also have enjoyed it on the grill. Have a great week! Seems to be a gray weather week here.

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  10. easy and delicious. they also look good in the photo.

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  11. I love asparagus and the recipe is great. Thanks for posting.

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  12. This is my favorite way to prepare asparagus! A little bit of a nice vinaigrette is all it needs. I always have to be careful that I don't overcook it.

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  13. Lamb and asparagus . . . nothing means spring to me more. I bought a numch yesterday and can't wait to cook them this eveing . . . your way!

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  14. This sounds very good. We are drenched here and very chilly this week.

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  15. I love asparagus and these look delicious!!
    }Hope you will fine soon! gloria

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  16. Nothing quite like those green spears!! They scream spring don't they?

    Yes, on your question on the Blue Bottle Cafe. They serve that coffee only. The pastries are amazing, and now I want to visit that museum more often :)

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  17. What a delight! Simply presented to show off the great fresh taste. I love asparagus. Have it several times a week!

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  18. Hi Bonnie, OH how I love fresh asparagus --but seldom eat it (since I don't grow it, and what is in the store is very expensive). BUT-- I love it--and seeing your picture made my mouth water.

    Thanks for sharing.
    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  19. How lovely to be able to pick your own asparagus. This sounds so refreshing and delicious.
    Lovely post, thanks :)
    Mary

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  20. Asparagus and lamb? I'd have loved to be at your house for dinner that day!

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  21. One of my absolute favorites! thanks for sharing

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  22. I am popping over from Gg - Notes on the Journey to say thanks from the bottom of my heart for your recent support during my dad's open heart surgery. He is doing so well.

    Over 60 comments with prayers and well wishes, including yours. Such sweetness. It helped me not feel quite so alone, having recently moved to Chicago.

    Fondly,
    Glenda

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  23. I do to !!! Love asparugus, prepair it any way and I'll stilllike it.

    I worry about the terrable flooding in our Nations mid section. I don't think many people realize how close we are to, not being able to feed ourselvs as a nation.

    I will eat photos from your blog.
    Yummmieee

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  24. Ahhh asparagus! It is one of my favorite parts of spring. What a delicious preparation!

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  25. We (mostly I) have picked about 50-60 pounds of asparagus this spring. Your salad sounds very fresh! The little sprouts of corn are probably a good sign that the field is coming up despite our crappy weather. The heat wave we had last week really jump-started the growing process for those seeds in the ground! All corn should be planted and up by now, but obviously we are running a bit behind this year!

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  26. I love fresh asparagus and your salad sounds heavenly. I'm looking forward to trying it.
    Best,
    Susan

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  27. I love asparagus recipes! This sounds wonderful!

    Mary xo
    Delightful Bitefuls

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  28. That asparagus is lush looking. Love, love asparagus.

    Sending sunshine and warm weather your way.

    Velva

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  29. I hope you get some nice weather soon! At least you have asparagus- this looks delicious. :) I hope everyone in your family is doing better.

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  30. I also love asparagus when it is fresh in the Spring. Your recipe sounds delicious! One of my favorite ways is in a frittata...eggs and asparagus go together so well.

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  31. Hi Bonnie, thanks for stopping in. We've already had asparagus from our garden...had a lovely stir fry of it with sweet potatoes in olive oil. Just something we thought up on our own.
    xo, Cheryl

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