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Week Links: Asparagasm

Asparagus season is short and sweet, and I can’t get enough unless I eat it practically once a day. Here are 10 of my favorite asparagus links from around the web. The only question is which one…or two…or three…to make tonight for dinner.

  1. Now that I’ve already eaten about seventeen pounds of simply prepared asparagus this spring, I really want to try these Baked Asparagus Fries from Spoon Fork Bacon — but I keep forgetting to buy panko. They have three dipping sauces. Three! It’s a dream come true.
  2. This Boiled Egg, Seared Asparagus, and Pickled Onion Sandwich from Leela Cyd Ross at The Kitchn might be one of the most tempting things I have ever in my life seen layered between two pieces of bread. And ohhhh, those photos.
  3. Asparagus and Gruyere Tarts from Joy the Baker. This looks like one of those little effort, big payoff recipes which, if you served it to guests, might make them think you are super-amazing and love them very much. I love Joy’s post, too. That lady makes me smile.
  4. Susie Middleton’s Asparagus-Leek Bisque. I’m borderline stunned by the use of ginger in this recipe, but that’s one of the many reasons why Susie is a guiding light among vegetable enthusiasts. I’m sure it’s amazing, and to boot it’s a sneak preview from her forthcoming book The Fresh & Green Table. (I reviewed her last book here. It’s a keeper!)
  5. Speaking of Fine Cooking (where Middleton is an editor), I also like the looks of this Crispy Tofu with Sesame Asparagus.
  6. On a different note, do you ever think about who picked the asparagus on your plate? Clare Leschin-Hoar reports for TakePart on farm labor shortages — and why asparagus is going to waste.
  7. Melissa Clark weighs in on asparagus for the everyday. Steamed until just shy of tender. If you hold up a spear, she says, leaning of the tip is acceptable. Flopping is not.
  8. White on Rice Couple’s Smashed Cauliflower and Asparagus Sandwich looks fantastic. Clearly more people should be putting asparagus on sandwiches!
  9. A few asparagus recipes from the Umami Girl archives: Kid Crack Asparagus, Spaghetti alla “Carbonada” (which, P.S., I named before realizing that carbonada is a real thing. Word to the wise and Argentinian: this is not spaghetti with beef stew.), Spring Vegetable Pizza (and one of my favorite posts from the early days of Umami Girl), and Date-Night Roasted Shrimp and Asparagus.
  10. And just for fun, check out this berzerkly lifelike asparagus cake from Sweetapolita. Can you imagine being that good at playing with fondant? Just be glad it’s not my recipe. I probably would’ve stuck actual asparagus on a cake. Actually, now that you mention it…gotta go.


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