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Without asparagus and strawberries, there would be no spring in my book.
The month of April brings a flush of color to many gardens around the world. Despite Mother Nature’s mood this month, my garden is filled with blooms of the mighty daffodils, grape hyacinths, bluebells, primroses, tulips, dogwood, spireas, hellebore, laurels, spurge, willow, bleeding heart, blueberries, barberries, and rhododendrons. Yet while this show explodes in the home garden, my kitchen is another story—it is abundant with asparagus and strawberries!
Last week I created food for a buffet party of thirty-five. As the beef tenderloins dry-cured in the fridge, the hunt was on for perfect asparagus and strawberries. The food gods were with me, as I brought home eleven pounds of pencil-thin asparagus and a case of organic strawberries. The berries were the size of a Fiat so I planned to serve them with obscene amounts of organic whipped cream.
The asparagus were just the size I prefer and rather than do the blanching/ice bath technique, I decided to roast them instead. My recipe follows:
Surely the beef and chicken, local country ham with cream biscuits, cheese boards, artichoke dips, sweet & spicy pecans, and generous full bar filled everyone to a happy place, yet the asparagus and strawberries left them wanting more.
Ah, what a beautiful life.
This is a great time of year to support your local farmer’s markets, grow your own, and generally celebrate another fine season of food. Bon Appetit!
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still a dreamer said:
Everything looks delicious. Got some asparagus myself, but couldn’t find those pencil-thin spears that I, too, prefer. Still …. Spring asparagus is a wonderful treat!
A beautiful life indeed and I can only imagine what a fabulous success that buffet party turned out to be! Thank you for the photos which gave me a glimpse of what those lucky people got to feast on. Oh man I would have gone wild too! ;D Sharon
I’m sure your guests were thrilled.
Your menu looks phenominal! Still too cold here for fresh berries, but looking forward to them
All food looks delicious!
Fascinating how things vary from place to place. Here in Wales both asparagus and strawberries are crops for June so I associate them strongly with early summer rather than spring. In fact if you are a tennis fan you will know that Wimbledon time is strawberry time! Fab looking food!
Kathy Murphy said:
I want you to come and cook for me on my journey…what do you say? Thinking of you, Kathy
This far north asparagus and strawberries are just something to look forward to!
Yum ,yum, yum!! A delightful salute to spring!
Charlie@Seattle Trekker said:
Cut and cooked my first asparagus this week, so yes, it is officially spring.
home, garden, life said:
The pencil thin kind–Allen has some recommendations. 😉
Teresa / TheGardenDiary.com said:
These photo images look so yummy. What is the best variety to plant?
Greg Beitzel said:
Ok, so now I’m starving!!!
Very nice post D!