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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!

51 comments:

  1. I love roasted and grilled asparagus, won't have it any other way. Love your babies!

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    1. Thanks Pam. I LOVE them too!!! I actually made grilled asparagus again tonight. They are almost as addicting as Pinterest, lol...

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  2. That asparagus looks DELICIOUS! Sometimes a simple grill is the perfect treatment...

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    1. I'm becoming quite the grilling maven, Erica. and I'm enjoying immensely!

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  3. I love asparagaus Louise .... and your little birds LOL
    I love asparagaus I misse a lot because in these time (autumn here) is difficult to find!

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    1. The birds grew so quickly, Gloria but I'm must say, it sure was fun to watch the progression.

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  4. I was shocked earlier this year... can't recall where I was, but the spears were THICK, and I just knew they were going to be tough, and they weren't. Huh!

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    1. I was a bit skeptical too Channon but indeed they were delicious!

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  5. Your grilled asparagus looks so delicious! Been having this a little more often now since it's in season and at its best!

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    1. The season is not long enough as far as I concerned Sylvia so I just keep buying and munching for as long as I can:)

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  6. I've never really been a huge fan of asparagus as they can sometimes be bitter. These look delicious and they are in season now. The robins are super cute - I don't blame you for spending so much time with them :)

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    1. Grilling the asparagus sort of caramelizes them, Ros and it takes away that bitter taste you speak of. (for the record, it also alleviates the grassy taste too:) You should really give them a try either grilled or roasted. You will be pleasantly surprised I think.

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  7. The robins are so cute! I couldn't help but be curious too! I'd be checking on them often. Your grilled asparagus looks so tasty!

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  8. I love those baby robins!

    Grilled asparagus is absolutely delicious. I can eat it until I'm ready to pop.

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    1. It was really fun watching them grow, Maureen. And yes, popping asparagus is my new favorite pass time:)

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  9. Sounds so good. I first had grilled asparagus in Spain in the 1990s -- came home and experimented with it. I think it was served with roast suckling pig, which I didn't experiment with. Recently grilled asparagus seems to have become a big hit here at home!

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    1. For some reason I just don't see you experimenting with a suckling pig Mae, lol...Asparagus on the other hand, yes indeed!

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  10. aw, look at the itty bitty babies! for the record, grilling asparagus is the only way you'll ever get me to eat the stuff. :)

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    1. Grilling sure does bring out their intense flavor Grace. I may never go back to any other way, Maybe?

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  11. Thanks for celebrating and introducing me to this day :D
    Can never go wrong with asparagus I think!

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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    1. Not when they are in season, Uru!!!

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  12. I've been eating lots of asparagus lately, but I haven't grilled any. I need to do this! The robins are so cute I can't stand it.

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    1. You really need to grill them at least once Lisa. YOU will LOVE them!!! Let us know when you do. What better time than National Asparagus Month!!!

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  13. Just randomly found your blog and I like it! And the pix are terrific. Thanks for sharing. - Karen

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    1. Hi Karen! Welcome and thanks for popping in. Drop by anytime, the door is always open:) Louise

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  14. Asparagus makes me so happy, Louise, and grilled asparagus makes me VERY hungry! In fact, I was lucky enough to pick up some freshly picked asparagus grown at Restoration Farm last week - some was too skinny for grilling, but it was all perfect for roasting!

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    1. As great as Grilled Asparagus may be, T.W. Nothing but nothing beats a fresh picked asparagus!!! (well actually fresh picked anything!)

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  15. Oh, this looks so tasty, Louise! I adore grilled asparagus. And I love your photos of the baby birds. Could the little guys be any cuter?? I think not. (And hey, Louise, thanks again for nudging me to join Pinterest. I really, really love it. What a great concept it is.)

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    1. Thank you Jane. I'm so glad you are having fun on Pinterest! Be aware though, it's highly addictive.

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  16. I'll be using Asparagus in one of my quiches for a Memorial Day brunch. I'll have to try grilling it some time too--one of my favorite vegetables!

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    1. Asparagus Quiche is a favorite of mine too, Inger. Gee, I wonder how it would be with grilled asparagus. Oh my...I do hope you'll be sharing:)

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  17. Welcome back, Louise! Asparagus is a 'go to' veggie in my house! I will be grilling some this week! Great post! Have a wonderful Memorial Day!!

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    1. Thanks Kathy! Your Biscotti are simply lovely:) I do hope you will be sharing some grilled asparagus with us...

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  18. I'm afraid if I let my hubby grill asparagus, it would come out totally black! Maybe with some supervision???? LOL.

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    1. Charred asparagus are yummy, Liz. Perhaps your hubby will be so engrossed in their goodness he won't be able to leave them on too long and they won't burn. We can dream:)

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  19. I love the color of the asparagus on the steak!

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  20. My husband desiccates asparagus, I roast it and love it. Thanks for the reminder. Your birds are adorable. Isn't it such fun watching them grow up and leave the nest?

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    1. It sure was delightful watching the process in the nest Pattie. Next year I may just hang up a camera somewhere near the nest, lol...

      I've never tried drying asparagus. Can they be grilled or roasted once they've been dried?

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  21. http://trishafaye.wordpress.com/2012/05/27/kreative-blogger-award/
    Louise, from Months of Edible Celebrations (http://monthsofediblecelebrations.blogspot.com/) was one of my first supporters in the blogging world. I’d tentatively posted a few early ‘A Reason to Celebrate’ blogs (some featuring a food celebration) and Louise made it a point to stop by, comment and encourage. We’ve discovered over the course of the months that we have more in common than blogging about food celebrations; grandchildren we love to pieces, cookbooks and a love of nature. I’m always impressed by the research that Louise does, the recipes and old cookbooks she includes on her pages, and of course, the yummy dishes she prepares and posts.

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    1. Hi Trisha, thank you so much for your generous words. Your blog is always filled with fun and surprising reasons to celebrate and I enjoy visiting. Thank you so much for this award, Louise.

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  22. i never had asparagus, most of the time it's done by stir frying. It sounds so easy, i dont know why i'm not doing it!

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    1. Oh Lena you must try grilled asparagus when they are in season. Simply delicious! Please tell me you will try...

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  23. Those baby robins are so cute. I got distracted by the grilled asparagus. That has to be one of my favorites and you made it with lemon - you're killing me

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  24. They were cute, Lou Ann. I almost think I saw them do a fly by the other day. A bit wobbly but they were flying. I'm keeping a close watch.

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  25. Grilled asparagus are fantastic and yours look mighty scrumptious! What cute baby birds.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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    1. I haven't stopped taking advantage of Asparagus season since this post, Rosa. Thank you!

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  26. Oh ! I'm so gonna try this recipe! Looks delicious & love the addition balsamic vinegar! I'm a huge fan of balsamic vinegar actually! heheeh I think I will do the same thing looking at those baby the whole if I can! They are so cute!

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  27. YOU will LOVE it Kit, let me know when you try it so I can salivate, lol...

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  28. Oh Louise, your asparagus does look yummy. My husband informs me that he expects us to have much more of this homegrown goodie before the season is over, so I'm hoping we will have the chance to try it all kinds of ways. And your Pinterest board on asparagus: Wow. Thanks for being the researcher you are. You have enough back posts to keep me informed on just about everything food-related I am ever curious about :)

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