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Basilmomma has great ideas for Asparagus

Spring has sprung and popping up out of the ground is Heather Tallman’s (aka Basilmomma) spring favorite: Asparagus. Forget the nights at the dinner table as a child loathing this vegetable, think outside of the freezer bag- and can! A simple sauté, a fresh salad OR wrapped in bacon is the way to go. Choose asparagus that has a tight top and is not flexible.

Right now you are going to find Asparagus everyone in a variety of colors.”

Most common in America is the Green Asparagus available in a ranges from pencil-thin to very thick.  But other varieties are our there.  Try the giant White, which is preferred in Europe.  These have been deprived of sunlight and generally have a milder, more delicate flavor. Or go bold with the Purple spears, more common to England and Italy.  These have very thick stalks.


Fresh Shaved Asparagus Salad

2 lbs trimmed fresh asparagus

3/4 C grated Parmesan cheese

juice of 1 lemon

1 tsp of lemon zest

1/4 tsp red pepper flakes

1/4 C extra virgin olive oil

kosher salt/fresh black pepper

Using a vegetable peeler shave the asparagus in thin ribbons from top to bottom.

In a serving bowl whisk together the remaining ingredients.

Toss with asparagus.


Cheesy Bacon Asparagus Pastries

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