Sunday, April 6, 2014

Happy Asparagus Day!

Blogger of the Day: Devon at deli-cute-essen

Asparagus season is bustling so buy a big bunch or two next time you're veggie shopping!
FYI Asparagus 101...
• Buy fresh and local...check your farmers' market!
• Crazy it up with purple or white asparagus if you can find it!
• Make sure the tips aren't mushy and the spears aren't wiltysoft.
• Wrap the the cut end of your bunch in wet paper towels then refrigerate in a plastic bag and use within 2 or 3 days.
• Wash the spears, then trim off the woody bottom ends before cooking.
• Easy steaming...wrap half dozen spears in wet paper towels and microwave for about 4 minutes. Remove and unwrap will be hot!
• You can also sauté it, blanch it, boil & ice it or roast and pesto it like Devon does!
Devon is a design-lovin' crafty Canadian with a taste for all things pink and for vegan yumfulness too! Her Hazelnut Pesto and Asparagus Pasta is a brightly succulent dish on a sunnycool springtime day.  :)

And in case you didn't get enough caramel yesterday, today is also National Caramel Popcorn Day! Bring a bucketful to your next baseball game!  :)

Is asparagus on your springtime menu? How do you like to cook it? Have you ever been to an asparagus festival?  ;)

British Asparagus Festival   April 23-June 21, 2014   Vale of Evesham, Worcestershire, England
Stockton Asparagus Festival   April 25-27, 2014   Stockton, CA
Empire Asparagus Festival   May 16-18, 2014   Empire, MI
Asparagus & Flower Heritage Festival   May 17, 2014   West Brookfield, MA
White Silo Farm & Winery Asparagus Festival   May 17-18, 2014   Sherman, CT
Edgar Farms Asparagus Festival   June 1, 8 & 15, 2014   Innisfail, Alberta, Canada
National Asparagus Festival   June 6-8, 2014   Hart, MI

Check out the rest of our 2014 Daily Food Holiday and Featured Blogger Series!

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