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Old 05-16-2014, 11:05 PM
 
Location: too far from the sea
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Driving along today I saw a roadside stand with a sign: fresh asparagus.

If there is one thing I will never eat it's yellow-green, mushy, stringy awful tasting asparagus.

Then I thought: the worst meal ever would be asparagus and liver. I would starve to death.

How can anyone like asparagus? Why does it taste so bad to some of us (even when picked at the right stage and cooked properly) and it taste good to others. What is the good taste like? Baffled.
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Old 05-16-2014, 11:12 PM
 
Location: Heart of Dixie
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Wow - I love the stuff. I like it grilled and drizzled with my ancient, sweet, syrupy balsamic vinegar (it was a b'day gift).
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Old 05-16-2014, 11:40 PM
 
Location: The Triangle
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I love asparagus....roasted and drizzled with olive oil and then a touch of lemon juice squeezed just before serving. Yum!
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Old 05-16-2014, 11:45 PM
 
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Driving along today I saw a roadside stand with a sign: fresh asparagus.

If there is one thing I will never eat it's yellow-green, mushy, stringy awful tasting asparagus.

Then I thought: the worst meal ever would be asparagus and liver. I would starve to death.

How can anyone like asparagus? Why does it taste so bad to some of us (even when picked at the right stage and cooked properly) and it taste good to others. What is the good taste like? Baffled.

Good asparagus is rare and I myself don't care for it much but my husband loves it so I fix it for him and I will have a wee bit of it.

What I do is take cold bacon or prosciutto and fry it with white or yellow onion sliced very thin then I add the steamed asparagus or brussels sprouts to the pan with bacon and onion and cook it until it is warmed through. After that I turn off the heat, put a lid on it and let it rest for a bit to absorb the flavor of the bacon and onion.
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Old 05-16-2014, 11:46 PM
 
Location: So Cal
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My mouth is watering listening to the other posts.

Asparagus, for me, is very similar in flavor to artichokes, which I also love.
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Old 05-16-2014, 11:50 PM
 
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My mouth is watering listening to the other posts.

Asparagus, for me, is very similar in flavor to artichokes, which I also love.

You can use artichoke as well the way I posted to prepare the asparagus or brussels sprouts but my favorite way to eat artichoke is mixed with spinach in a dip with a wee bit of red pepper flakes to give it a hint of heat.
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Old 05-16-2014, 11:59 PM
 
Location: The Hall of Justice
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I lay trimmed asparagus on a cookie sheet lined in foil, drizzle them in oil, shake them around to coat, add salt and pepper, and broil them for about eight minutes. Not too soft or stringy, but the tips should be seared and crispy, and the stalks bright green. Sooo good.

And then in the morning, there will be that moment of "What the--oh yeah. Asparagus."
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Old 05-17-2014, 12:09 AM
 
Location: Honolulu, Makiki
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Originally Posted by in_newengland View Post
Driving along today I saw a roadside stand with a sign: fresh asparagus.

If there is one thing I will never eat it's yellow-green, mushy, stringy awful tasting asparagus.

Then I thought: the worst meal ever would be asparagus and liver. I would starve to death.

How can anyone like asparagus? Why does it taste so bad to some of us (even when picked at the right stage and cooked properly) and it taste good to others. What is the good taste like? Baffled.
The part of your statement that I put in bold describes the canned asparagus my mother used to serve me when I was young. Then for some reason fresh asparagus became available in Hawaii when I was a teenager, and boy what a difference!

From then on, I loved asparagus! Quickly sauteed in olive oil with garlic salt and pepper or cooked in a stir fry with some kind of protein, it's just delicious. Try it.
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Old 05-17-2014, 12:11 AM
 
Location: Heart of Dixie
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Oh no, I even like the canned stuff .
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Old 05-17-2014, 12:15 AM
 
Location: South Central Texas
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Same here! I like asparagus anyway I can get it.
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