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Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Cooking the harvest challenge continues: Asparagus glut begins

Not that I'm complaining, but the asparagus is coming on like gangbusters! Every day new shoots inch their way up to harvest height.
   As for my thrown together pasta, what's not to love about big bits of melting Parmesan, pan-roasted walnuts and asparagus? (Seasonings: olive oil, butter, thyme, basil, oregano, rosemary, S&P.)
   BURNED the first batch of walnuts -- what a waste of walnuts, olive oil and butter! HATE waste, salvaged what I could by cutting off the black bits. The salvaged walnuts were tasty on a salad...leftovers pictured here.
Oriental Asparagus Salad -- minus ingredients I didn't have.
   The Oriental Asparagus Salad was just slightly cooked asparagus marinated in a dressing made of 1/4 cup seasoned rice wine vinegar, 1 tablespoon soy sauce, 2 teaspoons sesame oil, 1/2 teaspoon crushed garlic and 1/8 teaspoon ground ginger. Found this recipe, which also called for fresh bell pepper and water chestnuts, in The Best Kept Secrets of Healthy Cooking by Sandra Woodruff, R.D. (recipes). Have yet to make a recipe of hers we didn't love!  
   Hope I can meet the challenge of all this asparagus. And we still have gobs of kale to eat! One of these days I'll get around to making these Kale Chips found over at Cooking.In.College.
   What we can't eat of our garden produce we do try to give away, so hopefully little will be wasted. Did I mention that I hate waste?!

11 comments:

Lynda said...

Yummy! Can't wait for my own asparagus!

Dmarie said...

I can't wait for my own broccoli! Your garden-stuffs are beautiful, Lynda!

Practical Parsimony said...

Asparagus is one of my favorite foods. I just wrote an asparagus recipe post that I will post later today. It was yummy.

Patti Bee said...

I love, love. love asparagus! I've never tried to grow it though. Your dishes look yummy.

Dmarie said...

@Practical, I looked but it wasn't up yet. always glad for a reason to go back to your site!
@Patti, thanks! I'm always trying something new, which doesn't always work out. but at least these two DID! ;)

BLD in MT said...

I've been meaning to try out kale chips for some time..... thanks for the reminder. : )

Dmarie said...

@BLD, pls let me know if you make 'em first!!

arcee said...

oh, i love asparagus! haven't tried cooking one myself but there's a resto here that just prepares it well. thanks for the visit and now happy returning it:)

Mel said...

I love asparagus. Luckily, my daughter has discovered that she likes it too.

cityhippyfarmgirl said...

I love fresh asparagus. Having your own...ahh, now that would be wonderful.

A SPICY PERSPECTIVE said...

I've never grown asparagus, but I love to eat it. :)

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