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Asparagus, My Treat for Today

Mary Linda BittleMary Linda Bittle Posts: 609 ✭✭✭✭

I found the first fresh asparagus at the store yesterday. One of my very favorite treats! I got a pound ($1.79), and I rinsed, snapped off the woody end of the stems, and baked them at 375 F on a baking sheet with some good olive oil and some sea salt. When they were done (starting to caramelize is right for me) I added a pat of good butter and ate a third of the amount.

It's a treat I don't feel guilty about since they are so healthy! I'll get them at least once a week when I can find them.



  • judsoncarroll4judsoncarroll4 Posts: 1,222 admin

    Me too - my local store had it for .99 a bunch..... and cauliflower for $2 a head.... I did some shopping! but they also had mussels on sale. I LOVE mussels, but their mussels were open, dead and drying out, even on ice! I told the "fish monger" and he just replied, "Well, they are still in date, they are fine." I told the manager that regardless the date, mis-handled shellfish could make people very sick, even kill somebody! She called the fish guy. He dismissed it and called me a "@#$%& - hole"... I won't be shopping there again!

  • Mary Linda BittleMary Linda Bittle Posts: 609 ✭✭✭✭

    Oh my goodness! @judsoncarroll4 That's just crazy. Fish is one thing that I can't imagine anyone being so careless with! Food Service training 101. You tried.

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  • gardneto76gardneto76 Posts: 202 ✭✭✭

    I just bought asparagus the other night! I have eaten 3 fresh spears straight from my garden 🤣. I even sauté it in my scrambled eggs. @Mary Linda Bittle how you made it is my absolute favorite way. Sometimes even add whole cloves of garlic to roast in there. Now I am drooling and waiting for dinner.

  • Mary Linda BittleMary Linda Bittle Posts: 609 ✭✭✭✭

    I love to chop them up and add to stir fry dishes, and I've made an excellent carnivore quinoa sir fry, using chicken (rotisserie bits and pieces is my favorite), veggies, including asparagus, onion, carrot, and green beans. Then, instead of rice, I cook up some quinoa and add that in with some soy sauce and ginger and toasted sesame oil. It's really good!

  • sarah121sarah121 Cornwall - United KingdomPosts: 129 ✭✭✭

    @gardneto76 LOVE roasted garlic with Sunday lunch! I've been eating a lot of asparagus this week but it does make your pee smell! I had forgotten about that aspect of it, but it does demonstrate in a powerful way that our food has a definite effect on the system and so we really need to pay attention to what we're putting into our bodies!

  • silvertipgrizzsilvertipgrizz Posts: 1,445 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @Mary Linda Bittle Me too! I love asparagus!

    Thanks for posting.

  • gardneto76gardneto76 Posts: 202 ✭✭✭

    @sarah121 we always laugh about that aspect. Whew yup smell that asparagus 🤣. Great timer for your digestive system too. I agree we all need to pay attention to what we put into our bodies even on the not so wonder eating days.

  • Mary Linda BittleMary Linda Bittle Posts: 609 ✭✭✭✭

    Word here in Idaho is that the asparagus season is going to be short! I'm going to run out to the local farm stand after work and see if I can grab some more before it's gone.

  • Helen South AustraliaHelen South Australia Posts: 41 ✭✭✭

    I am lucky enough to be able to grow my own asparagus. It tastes so much better when you pick it fresh - so tender and can be eaten raw. I cut it into small pieces for salad, and if I cook it I add it at the very last minute to stir fries / dishes. I definitely recommend - if you have space for an asparagus bed, and your climate allows it, grow your own. It takes a year or two to become mature enough to harvest it properly, but the wait is definitely worth it!

  • Mary Linda BittleMary Linda Bittle Posts: 609 ✭✭✭✭

    @Helen South Australia One of the great sorrows of my life is that I did plant a big asparagus bed when we built a house years ago. Three years later, my husband decided to go his own way, and we sold the house for less than we owed on it. I never did get to have a harvest there.

    It's really hard to walk away from a well though out garden. I just did it again this month. But that was a rental, and so I planted fruit trees knowing that they were not mine. I take comfort in the thought that I've always left things better than I found them.

  • Helen South AustraliaHelen South Australia Posts: 41 ✭✭✭

    @Mary Linda Bittle That's rather upsetting. I hope you can grow your own again one day, in the not too distant future, and get to eat what you sow. xx

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