Thursday, January 20, 2011

Spring recipes?

What are your favorite Spring recipes?

Fresh asparagus soup

After months of cold wintry weather we all look for signs of spring. For me, there are two definite signs that spring is upon us. And both of these signs are for sale at the local market. First, bunches of bright yellow daffodils appear in the fresh flower section. Second, bunches of fresh green asparagus appear as well. Both are beautiful, fragrant & a sure sign that spring is here. I have two recipes here for fresh asparagus that my family loves. The salad is fresh & colorful. The soup is very low fat & soothing. Both are delicious. Enjoy!!!
Fresh asparagus soup

One bunch of fresh asparagus-cleaned & sliced into 1 inch pieces
2 chopped shallots
2 TBSP. olive oil
32 ozs. Vegetable broth
1 cup white wine
1 TBSP. fresh chopped thyme
Salt & pepper to taste

Saute shallots in olive oil till fragrant. Add all of the ingredients & simmer for 11/2 hours till asparagus is soft. Pour soup bit by bit into blender & blend till smooth. Garnish with a fresh sprig of thyme & s.erve while still hot.