Asparagus Risotto

Asparagus Risotto - Andrea Meyers

In 2011, we put in an asparagus bed, and for two springs we have patiently watched and tended, waiting for our first harvest. Last year we let the plants grow full and fern out, knowing this would be the year we would finally get to eat. The spears started popping last week, and I’ll say… 

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Steamed Asparagus with Red Onions, Almonds, and Raisins

Andrea Meyers - Steamed Asparagus with Red Onions, Almonds, and Raisins

Last spring we planted an asparagus bed, and it has really taken off. At first we only saw small tips peeping up from the soil, then they shot up to tall spears almost overnight. Now the wispy fern sways in the breeze on long thin stems and will stay around for the summer. Asparagus needs… 

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Baby Chard Salad with Asparagus, Sun-Dried Tomatoes, and Hot Bacon Vinaigrette

Andrea Meyers - Baby Chard Salad with Asparagus, Sun-Dried Tomatoes, and Hot Bacon Vinaigrette

We’ve been growing chard for a couple years now, and fortunately our chard comes back each spring. The baby leaves are as tender as any salad bowl lettuce and full of flavor, and it’s so satisfying to see the chard sprout, then pick the small, tender leaves and have them on the table in just… 

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Chicken Stir-Fry with Asparagus and Snow Peas, and My Thoughts on Carbon Steel Woks

Chicken Stir-Fry with Asparagus and Snow Peas - Andrea Meyers

My carbon steel wok is 13 years old and a treasured part of my kitchen gear. I found it for $5 on a clearance table and snapped it up, and that little bargain has proven invaluable over time. It wasn’t my first wok as I had given the nonstick woks a try, but after going… 

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Spring Greens Salad with Asparagus, Snow Peas, Radishes, and Honey Dijon Vinaigrette

Andrea Meyers - Spring Greens Salad with Asparagus, Snow Peas, Radishes, and Honey Dijon Vinaigrette

Our spring garden is not as full as the summer garden, but each year we add a little more with the hope that eventually we will have a large cool weather garden space. This spring we planted snow peas, sugar snap peas, rhubarb, three kinds of radishes, two kinds of radicchio, butterhead and romaine lettuce,… 

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