Zuckerman’s Asparagus (this photo and another appreciation)
There are lots of great things about spring. One of the greatest, and I mean that in both the quality and size senses, is the jumbo asparagus from Zuckerman Farms. The Zuckermans grow delicious asparagus. They come in ultra thin, regular and jumbo. I am not an expert on a lot of things, but trust me on this: buy the jumbo. They are tasty, substantial and only here briefly. We’ve prepared them a bunch of ways this season, but simple is best. Cooked in heavily salted boiling water and then dressed with just a little butter and lemon.
Tonight we had our jumbos with Autogrill chicken. A couple of years ago we were in Italy. We’d just spent a week on Sicily and were headed north. It was a crazy American style day. You know — we were trying to make good time. Sicily to Positano in a day. Nuts, but anyway. So we’re making surprisingly good time on the Autostrada. But we’ve got many km to go, so in the interest of time, we stop at an Autogrill on the Autostrada. Here, it would be a Burger King. There, it was something completely different. Chicken cooked to order on the grill with just a little olive oil and rosemary. A big, big bowl of fresh strawberries for desert. Now that’s my idea of fast food.
So, the full menu: Autogrill chicken on a bed of peppery wild arugula with jumbo asparagus. Tasty and quick for a Friday night. And drank a great Zinfandel with it. Rosenblum Cellars is our house wine. This one was the ’99 St. Peters Church Vineyard from Sonoma. A big, fruit driven wine.
What was good at your house tonight?