Monday, March 19, 2007

FIRST FRUITS

ROASTED ASPARAGUS!

OK...they are not Michigans first fruits, but...I'm thinkin' they are California's first fruits!
I just cut them in half, place them in a shallow cookie sheet, toss with a bit of extra virgin olive oil, sea salt and fresh ground pepper, and roast till tender but still a wee bit crunchy.
These only took maybe 20 minutes as they were skinny stalks.

Accompanying the asparagus was teriyaki marinated chicken breasts grilled over mesquite coals. (in the garage, as it's still too cold to have the grill out in the wind!)
Can anybody say "light and healthy"?

What's on your menu as spring is sprung?
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18 comments:

Lovella said...

Asparagus is the essence of spring, isn't it? I do it just like you and we also just love to use mesquite coals to barbeque. You just can't beat the aroma of the coals and the marinated chicken.

My mouth is positively watering.

Lately I have been buying baby broccoli. It is just scrumptious. It is about the same length and diameter as the asparagus and can be interchanged in any recipe and it is also perfect raw.

We had California Strawberries on our Waffles yesterday. Us Canadians just love California produce in the middle of winter.

oneblueegg said...

OH is it too early for me to spark up the grill? gosh ya made me wanna skip my breakfast & head right up to lunch! sun is out and we've used our grill all winter long...drats...again I leave here with my tummy growling:(

kansasrose said...

mmmm...love fresh asparagus drizzled with olive oil, sprinkling of gray sea salt and grated Parmesan Regianno cheese and roasted in the oven for a few minutes...then to accompany some crostini with sliced ham and fontina cheese and a spread of dijon mustard and mayonaise broiled to perfection and a light but sweet German May (Mai) wine. Heaven!

Shabby in the City said...

Oh yummy yummy in my tummy I love roasted fresh asparagus and teriyaki chicken!! It is 5:30 a.m. and I could dig into some of that right here and now...
I'll tell ya what I have got to be cooking...I have like 12 quarts of cherries in the freezer and there will be no room for whats coming in May if I don't get them out and use them! You wanna come pick and pit?

HeatherJ said...

That chicken looks delicious! I know what I'm making for dinner tonight. I'm so excited that spring is here and I can start the BBQ up again.

HomemakerAng said...

2 things I know for sure, God's word is true and you guys never miss a great meal!

Kristen said...

Just about every blog I've visited this week is doing something with asparagus. Makes me hungry for some!

Rachel said...

I had the asparagus too!! I did it up in the skillet but pretty much the same way. It was delicious!!!

I always love the fresh new lettuce in the spring. That's a fav of mine.

Tracey said...

I think asparagus is a vegetable...at least Junior Asparagus seems to think so.

Dinner looks good...what time should I be there?

Mimi said...

Ha! My menu is very much like yours, Cyn.

Asparagus and salads. Cooked a whole chicken again on Sunday.

Katie said...

Our grill is cleaned up and ready to go....but we just got another week of winter so everything came to a screeching halt. (no garage)
I had 'first asparagus' this week, too. Isn't spring wonderful (or, it will be when it comes back)!

monique said...

That looks very tasty!

Aunt Jenny said...

Oh my gosh...that meal sounds heavenly..two of my favorite foods!!! I could eat a big meal of nothing BUT asparagus!! Your meals always look so good!!

hellomelissa said...

ah, fresh michigan asparagus brought in off the fields earlier in the day is one of the most delightful things i can imagine. i always sprinkle a bit of balsamic vinegar on mine... mmmm...

Tea & Margaritas in My Garden said...

I love roasred asparagus! And that chicken sounds great! My recipe is a lot like eggplant parmesan :)

tea
xo

cityfarmer said...

Bring it on baby...we've got the grill fired up for your visit

Lady Of Chaos said...

Okay just came across your blog. I must say that next time I visit I will make sure I've eaten first. I am so hungry now. It looks positively delicious!

Rosa said...

Mmmm, it all looks soooooo good!!