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Asparagus Pea

Now that I have your attention, allow me to wax poetic about the week or two every year in which asparagus, shell peas, and snap peas are all in season simultaneously.  I celebrate that brief, joyous period by blanching all three separately in salt water, shocking them in ice water to make sure they hold their iridescent green color, tossing them in a homemade vinaigrette with shaved pecorino, and adding caramelized onions, sundried tomatoes, or even a little crispy bacon. . . and, if I find myself in a particularly hedonistic mood, I may add the onions, tomatoes, AND the bacon.

Asparagus Pea

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Asparagus

As a food systems consultant, it’s not surprising that I have a lot of books about food on my shelves.  Many are about food politics, some are about agricultural practices and science, and some are about advertising and marketing practices.  One of my favorites, though, is Barbara Kingsolver’s book about a year of raising almost all of the food that she and her family ate.  The book is called, Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, and one of my favorite chapters is entitled, “Waiting for Asparagus.”  Like Ms. Kingsolver’s family, my own can barely stand the anticipation while awaiting the arrival of one of our favorite vegetables of the year.  Roasted and tossed with lemon juice, sautéed in olive oil and added to salads, or steamed and added to omelets, asparagus makes an almost daily appearance on our plates during its short but delicious season.  And when the season comes to an end, we inevitably think of new ways to serve it, and start looking forward to next year.

Asparagus