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Thursday, May 24, 2012

Grilled Asparagus for Asparagus Day!

Lucky for you, I posted my in depth post about the history of Asparagus waaay back in 2008. That, dear readers, leaves today for actually posting an asparagus recipe that I made all by myself:) Now don't get too excited, it isn't really a recipe. Actually, it's a discovery. In all my years, why oh why I'll never know, it simply never occurred to me that Asparagus take mighty kindly to the grill. Now, I'm sure many of you, if not all of you, are more than aware of this phenomenon. As for me, it was quite the quantum leap into the 21st century!

Okay, enough of the dramatics:) Since today is National Asparagus Day and May just happens to be National Barbecue Month, I say, let's get grilling! The inspiration for my grilled asparagus experience came from this recipe for Grilled Asparagus and Feta Salad that I happened upon while visiting the blog Once Upon A Chef. "I can do that," I thought to myself and Jennifer, the hostess, was pretty specific about the do's and do not's when it comes to grilling asparagus.

Don't use skinny asparagus spears. (skinny ones will burn)
Do drizzle the spears with 2 or 3 tablespoons of olive oil or vegetable oil

The recipe is pretty basic. Take a bunch or two of asparagus, drizzle them with oil, make sure they are thoroughly covered, season and grill. In my case, I used olive oil, a bit of lemon zest, a few sprinkles of balsamic vinegar, a few sprigs of garden fresh Rosemary and Wha La I tossed them on the grill making sure they didn't fall through the grates. While the asparagus were working up to their sizzle I "threw" on a steak that I had marinating in McCormick's Meat Marinade and Coffee. As Marjie says, easy peasy." The grilled asparagus and the steak were both done at the same time. If you want to see an actual recipe, I suggest you pop by Jennifer's. And, if you're just a bit curious about the history of Asparagus, you might want to take a peek at my previous post. I warn you, it's a bit long, but filled with interesting Asparagus tidbits:) I've left additional resources below.

Quick Robin Update

I must say, I am having a ball "playing" with the robins each day. Oh no, Momma Robin is not happy about it and Pappa Robin gets quite perturbed when I interrupt his feedings. As for the baby Robins, they just think I'm bringing them more goodies:) The dominate baby Robin is the one with its mouth open. He, or she, pops its head up as soon as I approach. I have no idea how long it will be before they fly the coup, but I can guarantee, I will be waiting ever so patiently:)



Resources
1. Asparagus Day 2008
2. Grilling Asparagus
3. Grilled Asparagus Spears to the Heart
4. Grilled Asparagus with Parsley Sauce
5. Spargel und Schinken!