Ah, asparagus. I love when your season arrives, and the market is flooded with not only green spears, but white and purple too. A simple preparation of roasted asparagus in a 500 degree oven, with a dash of sea salt, squeeze of fresh lemon juice and grated Beecher's Flagship cheddar delivers a spectacular mate to just about any main entree. Whether you're roasted, grilling, steaming, stir-frying or blanching, organic asparagus is a powerhouse of nutrients. The delicate tips are the most commonly enjoyed part of the spear, however, with proper preparation (i.e. peeling the stalks), the entire spear may be enjoyed.
Many home cooks wonder how to select a bunch of asparagus at the market. It's all about the size. (Yes, size does matter!) Our Spring Garden class covers the secrets to selecting perfect asparagus, and we experiment with other colorful varieties of asparagus, along with a variety of preparations.