OMG! OMG! OMG! OMG!
ASPARAGUS HAS ARRIVED!!!
Ever since reading "Animal, Vegetable, Miracle" by Barbara Kingsolver, I have been patiently (and, at times, not so patiently) awaiting the arrival of spring in order to eat asparagus. Week after week, I have snubbed the neatly packed stalks from Peru at Trader Joes (yes, the ones I used to buy, week after week, without fail, before reading the book).
I have missed asparagus. I have longed for it. I have eyed it on restaurant menus and dejectedly asked for a side of something "in season" instead.
But now it is here!
I opened my CSA bag last night and actually gasped. Thin, beautiful, asparagus stalks. Plenty of them. Fresh. Local. Sustainably-grown. In season.
There were other things, too: lettuce, kale, carrots, spring onions, thyme, and sage. [Admittedly, CSA Virgin had to consult a "Visual Guide to Fresh Herbs" to figure out that the thyme was thyme.]
I couldn't wait to dive in to all of it, especially my long-awaited asparagus. But it was 9:30 at night -- no time to cook. So I made another simple salad of the lettuce, carrots, and -- yes -- the asparagus.
It was as glorious as I thought it would be. I spent the night dreaming of what I would make with the rest.