I was so tickled when I ventured into the kitchen for my coffee this morning and saw the way Andy had arranged the asparagus left over from last night. It looks like it belongs in that blue Pyrex bowl.
It's Michigan asparagus, of course. And we ate some of it last night in this amazing asparagus and pancetta hash, from the Smitten Kitchen blog. I mean, Michigan asparagus, pancetta from Creswick Farms, some ramps foraged by Andy, potatoes, all topped off with a fried egg from a friend's hen--how can you go wrong?
Speaking of ramps...
The bad thing about Michigan is spring comes late, and there are often freezes, so you have to be kind of patient waiting for local produce. The good thing is, once it arrives, there's lots of it. And in the meantime, you can always forage for fun things like morel mushrooms (not sighted in our neck of the woods so far this year, sadly), fiddlehead ferns, and ramps, which we just discovered this year. Andy went out yesterday and brought home the above giant bag of them. I wish you could smell their garlicky goodness.
So for tonight's dinner we're going to follow another Smitten Kitchen suggestion and sautee up a mess of ramps to eat on toast with some local cheese, Creswick bacon, and fried egg...with a side of more asparagus. (By the way, I didn't love love LOVE asparagus until I moved to Michigan and had it the way Andy prepares it: roasted with olive oil and tamari sauce, or olive oil and sea salt, until it's nice and caramelized. So good!)
Yum. I am ready for dinner! What are you having?