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26 April 2018: Asparagus, Leeks, and New Potatoes

April 26, 2018

Tags: Asparagus, Stir-fried Asparagus, Classic Southern Cooking, Stir-frying, New Potatoes, Spring Leeks, Spring Cooking

Stir-Fried Asparagus with Leeks and New Potatoes
Before the season for asparagus passes completely, here’s another great stir-fry that brings it together with two other favorite spring flavors, young leeks and little red new potatoes.

This is the kind of thing my mother would make when I was growing up, since Stir-frying is one of her favorite cooking techniques. Not only is the technique quick, it does wonderful things for the fresh produce that is no further than her back yard. (more…)

6 April 2018: Stir-Frying Asparagus

April 6, 2018

Tags: Asparagus, Stir-fried Asparagus, Country Ham, Classic Southern Cooking, Stir-frying

Southern-style Stir-Fried Asparagus with Country Ham and Scallions
The lovely thing about the tender new produce of spring is that it doesn’t ask for much in the kitchen, but practically begs for quick, light treatment. And nothing is quicker and lighter than stir-frying.

Most of us automatically associate stir-frying with the ancient cuisines of China and South-East Asia. But it’s actually a basic, almost universal technique (essentially the same as sautéing) that’s found in most of the world’s cuisines well beyond Asia, including France, Italy, and the Middle-East. (more…)