Simple Asparagus Salad

This uber simple salad honors the fleeting perfection of one of the gifts of the Spring:  fresh local asparagus. Raw asparagus has a tender crunch and grassy fresh flavor.  I combined it with complementary flavors:  parmesean cheese shreds, grassy olive oil, lemon juice, and black pepper.  This recipe relies on the quality and freshness of…

Asparagus Arugula Soup

I just got some true harbingers of Spring in my CSA box — asparagus and arugula.  I also got a rare seasonal treat — green garlic.  What better than a tasty soup to combine these three flavors for a green, savory, creamy soup for supper. This soup is creamy and flavorful, yet has no cream…

Green Garbanzo & Asparagus Salad

My local produce market sells plump little green garbanzos each spring, which is when I have spearmint and chives growing beautifully in my garden.   These two green herbs are bright accompaniments to a tangy yogurt dressing that lightly dresses blanched asparagus and green garbanzos. Green garbanzos come one or two to a pod, and…

Asparagus + Chicken + Quinoa = the Beauty of One

I just returned from a multiple city trip to look at colleges for my daughter.  Though we ate fabulous restaurant meals, I found myself longing for fresh, simple food centered on the seasonal produce I find here in the Bay Area.  One of the college students we ate with was a California girl living in…

Asparagus Primer

It’s Spring, so that means asparagus.  Distinctive, delicious, and sophisticated asparagus is a seasonal treat in my kitchen.  Taste it raw and you’ll appreciate its grassy, green notes and distinct flavor. So, what is it?  Asparagus is the new, fresh growth shoot that springs out of the ground from the underground root stock of an…