Recently returned from a trip out west to visit a dear friend that lives in Albuquerque. We met up with another friend of hers and we went to the Grand Canyon
Putting dreams aside, I am excited that asparagus season is on baby! Last year I put up 9 jars of spicy picked asparagus. This year I hope to do at least 12 because those 9 jars did not last. I am pretty sure that I am the only one I know that likes(loves) them but that just means I get one whole jar to myself once a month. The recipe is easy; 2 parts vinegar to 1 part water, salt to taste, a few garlic cloves in each jar, some peppercorns and a teaspoon or so of hot pepper flakes and you have asparagus pickles. They stay crunchy and deliver all their wonderful green asparagus taste but with a zap of vinegar and heat. I'm not sure why nobody seems to like them but me.. Anyway I thought I would share some of my other favorite asparagus recipes:
Spring Green Risotto
This time of year (well asparagus is unseasonably early this year but you know what I mean) you can usually find asparagus fairly cheap at the store and starting to pop up at farmers markets. It freezes awesomely and dehydrates well (if you are a dehydrating weirdo like me) for soups and whatnot.
My sister and I have been talking a lot lately about trying to eat more home grown and local food. I did pretty good last year but I think I can do better. I want to start canning, freezing and dehydrating more of my own food and learn to eat more seasonally. I am working on a summer plan to decide what I want to grow and put up and how much I need to last me a full year. Of course this all gets blown to heck if I have to move to an urban area and am forced to abandon my garden but I will make a conscious effort none the less. There will be more details about this little project soon!