National Asparagus Day


For those who love fresh veggies, fresh from-the-garden asparagus is a perfectly splendid Spring delight.






Asparagus spears serve as a beautiful accompaniment to meats and fish.




They are also delightful in a stir-fry with other veggies or a protein such as shrimp or poultry.



Or… one of my favorites… wrap them in bacon and crisp them up on the grill for a splendid appetizer.

For National Asparagus Day, I share my recipe for Souper Simple Asparagus Soup. Enjoy both the strained “fancified” version or the heartier cheesy variation.

Souper Simple Asparagus Soup
1 sweet onion, peeled & chopped
2 T butter
1 lg bundle fresh asparagus spears, cut small
2 c chicken bone broth or stock
Salt & white pepper, to suit your taste
¼ c half-and-half or heavy whipping cream
Sauté onion in the butter for a few minutes over med heat, just till it softens but does not change color. Stir in the asparagus; cook and stir for 3-4 more minutes. Add the stock and bring to a boil; reduce heat to simmer and let cook another 10 minutes. Blend (immersion or covered container) till smooth. Season with salt and pepper. Blend in the cream. Serve, garnished with a few asparagus cuts or tips. Makes 4 servings.

 KISS Tips: For an elegantly smooth texture, you can pass the soup through a sieve before serving. Or, if you enjoy cheese, add up to 1 c shredded Muenster, Monterey Jack, or other melty cheese just before adding the cream. Add some hearty croutons to your garnishes.

About Cathy Burnham Martin

Author of 20+ books, and counting! A professional voice-over artist, dedicated foodie, and lifelong corporate communications geek, Cathy Burnham Martin has enjoyed a highly eclectic career, ranging from the arts and journalism to finance, telecommunications, and publishing. Along with her husband, Ron Martin, she has passions for entertaining, gardening, volunteering, active and visual arts, GREAT food, and traveling. Cathy often says, "I believe that we all should live with as much contagious enthusiasm as possible... Whether we're with friends or family, taking people along for the ride is more than half the fun."
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One Response to National Asparagus Day

  1. psager081gmailcom says:

    Great tips. (Hah! Pun intended.)

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