The way you can squeeze every bit out of the tube…these days there are quite a few condiments in tubes that look a lot like toothpaste. Whatever you call it – the “toothpaste winder” or the “tube squeezer”, you can use it for the condiments just like you would on a tube of toothpaste! Frugal, anyone?!? For more tips and tidbits like these you can subscribe to Lula’s Blog here.
Every year around this time I publish something about asparagus – it’s in season and cheap and always delicious – whether it’s thick or thin. “Diameter” of the asparagus has nothing to do with its age in season, it has to do with the age of the plant. A thin spear in February for example, if left on the plant, will not grow into a thicker spear in March.
A thinner spear indicates a young PLANT, and vice versa. Both are equally sweet and tender after snapping off the woody bottoms (or shaving them as I sometimes do for presentation). Thin is better for steaming and stir frying (quickly, now!), and thick is better for grilling/roasting. We love to serve our “medium stalked” asparagus grilled with our Feta Jalapeno Dipping Sauce pictured here. Did you know it is also perfectly acceptable to eat asparagus with your hands? The Viking in me loves this. 🙂
I love Rhubarb. Every year I make a big batch of Raspberry Rhubarb Preserves and use it in various applications till it’s all gone (usually end of summer). Sometimes though, I run across Green Rhubarb, and because I use it in savory applications as well, I researched a bit about this “twin” (think of it as a fraternal twin) – it only lacks the anthocyanin pigments which gives certain rhubarb its red hue. This pigment is flavorless so there’s no difference in taste between red and green rhubarb (sour!!).
…AND I’ll say it again…DANGER WILL ROBINSON!! Do not try to cook the leaves or eat them raw – they are not innocuous like beet greens – they are poisonous to the point of DEATH!!! If you’d like occasional tips, fun facts and cooking info click here!
After these two hands have completed the nourishment of 195 souls this week, Gordon and I are off to New Orleans for some R&R (by now you should know that means Research and Revivification!).
Our friends Joe and Joanna (The Duke and Duchess of New Windsor – New York, that is… 🙂 ) are meeting us and we’re staying in a Fabulous condo in the French Quarter. We’ll be sightseeing, eating and drinking our way from the 9th Ward to Tulane, and all the way to Vacherie and back.
If you have a favorite haunt, watering hole, restaurant or attraction that you think I must not miss, please let me know here! And quickly! Flight leaves on Sunday, and the Royal “We” has decreed there will be no flight issues!