asparagus + april

April is an appetizing time of the year to sift through markets, as the prismatic assortment of produce begin to reveal themselves. Asparagus is one of those beautiful, earthy vegetables. They are sleek, slightly bitter, and a lot of fun to work with. Below are a few links to some of my favorite recipes for green, purple and white asparagus.

Purple Asparagus: Evan Kleiman, the culinary authority of KCRW's Good Food dishes on a great simple preparation for these scarlet beauties.

Pairing roasted asparagus with fresh herbs and a hard-boiled egg that gently oozes over the stems is a great way to add unexpected flavor, texture and color to the dish. Food Republic shares a great technique that is easy to master: the Seven-Minute Egg.

White Asparagus is equally as stunning and tasty to plate for that next get-together. HuffPost Taste offers some great suggestions for your next rendezvous with the majestically white stems.

My absolute favorite recipe for Green Asparagus can be made right now, while Fava Beans are in season. The recipe is by Canal House, and generously shared via Bon Appetít. I generally skip the peas and add extra favas...it's one of our favorites!