This is my favorite time of year for many reasons – green grass, the birds returning, leaves on the trees and best of all – fresh, local produce! I’m so excited to be working with Barrie Hill Farms and Nicholyn Farms again this season and now that the asparagus is finally ready (we actually had snowflakes this past weekend!!), I’ll be visiting each week to bring you fresh, seasonal recipes.
Asparagus seems to be growing in popularity on the internet. At this time of year, the are so many creative ways to use this delicious veggie and people are flocking to farmers’ markets to get their hands on some freshly picked ones. I am feeling that same inspiration that hit me last year each time I went to the market. Being surrounded by so much fresh-from-the-field produce just makes me happy!
And I have some sensational news! Barrie Hill Farms has hired Chef Leslie to provide tastings for seasonal dishes and he and I are going to collaborate on the recipes! I met with Les last week and his positive energy is very contagious! Each Friday I will post a recipe that I’ve cooked and photographed at home and he will demonstrate it for customers at the market on the weekend. How fun is that?!
I am thrilled at the opportunity to learn from a real live chef! I still consider myself to be taking baby steps in the cooking world so this is a genuine treat for me! Les has a wonderful sense of humor and is equally inspired by the farm’s produce. You can read all about Chef Les here.
This is Les’ recipe and when I read the ingredients I knew I’d love it. All the best parts of a great dish – fresh ingredients, strong complementary flavors with a zing of lime that you’ll find addicting. The farm even sells Mexican Spiced Tortilla Chips made with Asparagus and they are awesome! I’m going to be contacting the company to see if we can arrange a giveaway because you just gotta taste ’em!
How gorgeous are these tomatoes and asparagus? It’s just calling out for a salsa!
If you don’t have a grill, you can roast the asparagus for this recipe. There are only a few ingredients but each one packs a punch. The taste is going to surprise you because the flavors meld together in an unexpected way. SO darn delicious!
- 1 lb asparagus – lightly grilled. Sliced to 1/4″
- 4 large tomatoes – diced 1/4 “
- 1 Serrano chili – finely chopped
- 4 green onion – sliced thinly
- 1/4 cup fresh cilantro – roughly chopped
- 1 large lime – squeezed
- Salt and pepper – season to taste
- 1 garlic clove – finely chopped or crushed
- Mix all ingredients together in a bowl and leave for 30 minutes for ingredients to infuse. Serve with Asparagus Tortilla Chips.