Thursday, March 22, 2012

Asparagus is here!!!

Today's Box:
  • Murcott Tangerines
  • Yellow carrots
  • Leeks
  • Spring Onions (Hard to see but behind asparagus)
  • Cilantro
  • Cabbage
  • Cauliflower
  • Asparagus
I also had left from last week:
  • Arugula
  • More cauliflower (never used what I had from last week)
  • Celery
 I love asparagus season because  I love asparagus.  And I always feel like I'm cheating on my farm if I buy it any other time, plus I can't stand the fact that it's been shipped in from South America.  So with great discipline I wait it out (except for a two small slip-ups when it was dirt-cheap at 99 cents a pound.  I'm sorry Riverdog!! I felt like a cheater the whole time!  And it wasn't as good!)

So I can finally eat it guilt-free.  This batch is smaller than pencil thin and will probably be sauteed for less than a minute with some garlic, spring onions and lemon then tossed with pasta.  The bigger spears when they arrive get a little more love in the form of piggy goodness...but with the first spears, I'll go lighter.

So here's what I'm planning for this week:
  1. Roasted Whole Chicken with Arugula and Bacon Salad
  2. Asian Salad (Use the Peanut Slaw recipe in this post)  - Shredded Cabbage, cilantro, spring onions,  shredded (leftover) chicken and peanut dressing
  3. Leek and Potato Soup with Cheese and Spring onion garnish 
  4. Veggie or Chicken Pad Thai: More cabbage and spring onions (Not authentic but this recipe is basically a Pad Thai recipe that our local Asian store gave me then I add whatever greens I have to amp up the nutritional value...this time, shredded cabbage. Skip the ginger if you don't have it.)
  5. Asparagus, Leek and Lemon Pasta - Simpy sauteed leek and sliced asparagus tossed with hot linguine or spaghetti, olive oil, lemon zest and juice.  Season with salt and pepper and sprinkle with parmesan.
  6. Grass-fed Burgers with Caramelized Leeks - Make your favorite burger recipe and top with leeks that have been caramelized with butter and white wine.

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