Thursday, May 19, 2016

Roasted Asparagus and Green Leaves

Let me just get this off my chest: The groundhog needs to die.

After a fairly mild winter that seemed to inspire every form of virus and germ to linger at will from house to house and school to school...

The groundhog predicted and early spring. Now for groundhog seers, it probably seemed like a fairly safe bet, and if I lived on theWest Coast, he'd have been correct.

But Phil lives in Pennsylvania, not San Diego, and I don't buy into the idea that he was differentiating to that level.

Oh, no.

Phil was predicting our spring in the Northeast and the stinkin' rodent got it wrong, wrong, wrong.

(I'm not bitter. It's my own fault for believing a RODENT as a weather forecaster, so My Bad. Totally. But I digress...)

Let's just say that if you wait an extra two weeks more than usual to get leaves on the trees, the color green is THE BEST COLOR IN THE WORLD.

No matter what my friend Kermit the Frog says, it IS easy being green. Once it gets here. So looking out my windows here in the Northeast woodlands, and seeing nothing but thick, gorgeous green leaves, green grass, green shrubs, green weeds, and bright flowers nodding heads here and there, makes me happy.

I love being happy!

So that brings us to more green: Asparagus green. We've got asparagus on our little farm, and it's just started to produce, so I'm going to give you an old favorite here:


(You can do this on the grill, but then I have to watch it. I'd rather write, so I'm roasting it in the oven this time....)

Rinse asparagus and cut off tough ends if necessary. Spread out on cookie sheet.

Drizzle with olive oil.

Sprinkle liberally with Roasted Herb and Garlic seasoning, salt and pepper.

Roast at 400° for about 20 minutes more or less, or until desired level of doneness is achieved.

Some of us like it to get a little crisp (think almost burnt but not quite)

Others like it tender and green.... but the biggest vote goes to the slightly overdone, almost crisp variety.


How easy was that?

I cannot make it any easier. I could sit and feast on this all day. Sometimes I do! It is soooo good!

And do you see this??? Rhubarb???? Oh my rhubarb patch is gorgeous.... so you know we'll be doing rhubarb fun!

Green leaves! It was so exciting to see the greening of upstate! Happy dancing!

And this is the project we started last year, the "Kill the Ivy" to kill the poison ivy... so Dave has tilled this slope several times, we've sprayed copious amounts of planet killing poison on the ivy and the poison ivy (in the name of re-claiming my yard until the ivy starts making mortgage payments!!!)
So I'll keep you posted on this as we play. And by play I mean work, but when you love doing it, it's not really work, is it?
Like writing sweet stories.

I would just about prefer writing sweet stories and making folks smile than doing most anything.

And now I have green leaves!

These are happy days in upstate!  Green leaves and kittens! Kittens are two weeks old now... and we're just starting to handle them.

Such sweet babies!!!!


  1. I'm so jealous of your rhubarb patch. I'm trying not to be but I am. :-)

    It's supposed to be our weekend for planting but we have had frost four nights in a row though the temps are rising drastically over the next few days. I have so much gardening to do I'm getting a panic-attack. I have way less stamina than last year and it's so difficult to move around on the uneven ground. I've done all the edges of the yard where I can stand on the pavement of the driveway or the road but today I have to teeter into the wild jungly middle. :-0

    I want to hold a purring kitten. Love their little pink toes!!!! I have some backseat cat gardeners. Their consensus is to leave my front yard wild and overgrown. Better hunting grounds you see. But I think my human neighbours would disagree.

    1. Oh my stars, I should put some rhubarb on a barge and direct it points north, Kavalicious!!!!! It's been so cold here at night that we've had frost up until like 3 days ago... and now it looks like the lows are moving up about ten degrees! Halleluia, my Canadian friend!!!!!!

  2. This is exactly how I make my asparagus! Only I use Lowry's seasoning salt. I'm so jealous you have it growing and can harvest your own, nice and fresh!

    1. Oh my stars it is sooooooooooo goooood!!!!!

      I might need some for a snack, Missy!

  3. Kittens and roasted asparagus. Two of my favorite things. Putting up silver cross to keep rhubarb away.

  4. I am so with you on groundhogicide. This cold spring is getting OLD and the only thing the green brought with it was mega doses of pollen.

    sniffle sniffle cough cough

    But I did promise myself not to complain because the heat of summer could be so much worse,


    YAY, Asparagus. Love it.