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In Abundance: Asparagus

by Borderstan.com — May 11, 2012 at 12:00 pm 0

From Alejandra Owens. You can find her at her food blog, One Bite At A Time. Alejandra also writes for City Eats DC, a Food Network site, where you can book dinner reservations. Follow her on Twitter at @frijolita and email her at alejandra[AT]borderstan.com.

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Look for asparagus at the markets. (Alejandra Owens)

Dear lord! I finally get to hit up the 14 & U Farmers Market this weekend! And I have my two girls in town so I get to show them the glory that is a brownie cookie sandwich from Whisked!.

Even still, what I’m here to talk about this week is: asparagus. Firm and crunchy, they smell and taste like spring.

And stinky pee be damned, I consume the stuff in great quantities when they’re in season! From what I can tell, the green sticks are going for about $4/lb at the markets right now — and if you’re cooking for more than one person you’ll likely need two bunches — so budget and plan your market trip accordingly.

Before I give you five wonderful recipes to try, I’m going to arm you with an essential tip: how to properly trim asparagus. If you’re lazy and don’t want to click through to the tip, here it goes:

“… take the end of the asparagus between your thumb and forefinger and bend until it breaks.”

Oh *snap* (ha! I couldn’t resist!) that was easy. Now, what to make with all that asparagus you’re going to procure this weekend.

What’s your favorite asparagus recipe? OR, maybe I should ask: what restaurant has your favorite asparagus dish?

Happy eating, Borderstanis! Don’t forget, you can always ask me questions on Twitterabout the markets, food, cooking and more!

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