Asparagus Recipes

asparagus Now that spring has finally sprung, we're eagerly awaiting the first asparagus sighting at our local farmers' market. Here are some of the ways we'll be putting the sturdy stalks to use. Bacon-Wrapped Asparagus This simple appetizer from Sonoma chefs Duskie Estes and John Stewart will bring your grill out of winter hibernation. Cream of Asparagus Soup Asparagus shines in this straightforward recipe from James Peterson's Splendid Soups. Green Peppercorn Spring Lamb with Asparagus and Rotini We have Ming Tsai to thank for this in-a-flash pasta dish, which features asparagus and lamb tenderloin.

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MemorEATS: Keith Luce

"We had wild asparagus growing on our family farm in Long Island, and I used to go hunting for it with my grandmother in the late spring. She was from the South and believed first and foremost in natural ingredients and freshness. She would always say, “Sugar, we need to start the water boiling before we come home with the asparagus. If we have to wait for it to boil, it won’t be fresh enough.'" –JBF Award Winner Keith Luce

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The Bookshelf: Beard on Books Recap

olives and orangesYesterday, at Beard on Books, Sara Jenkins discussed her cookbook Olives & Oranges: Recipes and Flavor Secrets from Italy, Spain, Cyprus & Beyond with guests at the Beard House. She joked that she is “really a home cook who got misplaced in a professional kitchen,” and in testing recipes for the book she happily rediscovered the joys of home cooking. Jenkins truly believes that simplicity rules: “The greatest thing you can do to food is not mess it up.” As the daughter of a foreign correspondent, Jenkins grew up throughout the Mediterranean. While in Italy, Lebanon, and Cyprus, she was exposed to a rural existence where electricity was a novelty and eating with friends and family was at the heart of life. Her memories are filled with good food and wonderful

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