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  1. #1
    Wayne Boatwright Guest

    Default How many spears...

    ....of asparagus would you consider a serving?

    Assuming whole asparagus spears, steamed, dressed with a simple lemon butter,
    served with a starch such as a baked potato, and a meat.

    Thin spears?

    Thick spears?



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  2. #2
    Steve Pope Guest

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    Wayne Boatwright <[email protected]> wrote:

    >...of asparagus would you consider a serving?


    We're dead in the middle of asparagus season, and on this
    subject I prefer to quote James Beard:

    "Some people would tell you that 1/2 pound of asparagus
    is ample for 1 person. Actually most people can easily
    consume 3/4 pound. If the asparagus has a great amount
    of white, tough stalk which must be discarded, then even
    a pound per serving may be needed."

    I am counting about 22 spears per pound in some asparagus
    I bought early saturday. So I guess the answer is... 15 to 20
    spears.

    Steve

  3. #3
    Wayne Boatwright Guest

    Default Re: How many spears...

    On Sun 21 Mar 2010 02:16:55a, Steve Pope told us...

    > Wayne Boatwright <[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    >>...of asparagus would you consider a serving?

    >
    > We're dead in the middle of asparagus season, and on this
    > subject I prefer to quote James Beard:
    >
    > "Some people would tell you that 1/2 pound of asparagus
    > is ample for 1 person. Actually most people can easily
    > consume 3/4 pound. If the asparagus has a great amount
    > of white, tough stalk which must be discarded, then even
    > a pound per serving may be needed."
    >
    > I am counting about 22 spears per pound in some asparagus
    > I bought early saturday. So I guess the answer is... 15 to 20
    > spears.
    >
    > Steve
    >


    Thanks, Steve. That's in line with my thinking, too. I bought 3 pounds of
    asparagus yesterday. Each pound had 19-20 spears as they were a bit
    thicker. Tonight I had a grilled veal chop, baked potato, and 10 spears of
    asparagus. I could have eaten more, but I'm a pig for asparagus. Given
    that, I was curious what others might serve to family or guests. I think I
    could easily eat a pound. :-)

    --

    ~~ If there's a nit to pick, some nitwit will pick it. ~~

    ~~ A mind is a terrible thing to lose. ~~

    ************************************************** ********

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  4. #4
    Andy Guest

    Default Re: How many spears...

    Wayne Boatwright <[email protected]> wrote:

    > ...of asparagus would you consider a serving?
    >
    > Assuming whole asparagus spears, steamed, dressed with a simple lemon
    > butter, served with a starch such as a baked potato, and a meat.
    >
    > Thin spears?
    >
    > Thick spears?



    Three fat ones!

    Pencils asparagus lack flavor. Being so thin, moisture evaporates too
    fast, taking flavor with it.

    Andy

  5. #5
    Kent Guest

    Default Re: How many spears...


    "Wayne Boatwright" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected] 5.247...
    > ...of asparagus would you consider a serving?
    >
    > Assuming whole asparagus spears, steamed, dressed with a simple lemon
    > butter,
    > served with a starch such as a baked potato, and a meat.
    >
    > Thin spears?
    >
    > Thick spears?
    >
    >

    6 thin spears
    4 thick spears
    3/4 lb is far too much




  6. #6
    Omelet Guest

    Default Re: How many spears...

    In article <[email protected] 7>,
    Wayne Boatwright <[email protected]> wrote:

    > ...of asparagus would you consider a serving?
    >
    > Assuming whole asparagus spears, steamed, dressed with a simple lemon butter,
    > served with a starch such as a baked potato, and a meat.
    >
    > Thin spears?
    >
    > Thick spears?


    Thin spears. I've found that the woody part is a lot smaller, providing
    you don't intend to snap them off. Serving them with plain lemon butter
    is one of my favorite ways to serve them. :-)
    --
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  7. #7
    Omelet Guest

    Default Re: How many spears...

    In article <[email protected] 7>,
    Wayne Boatwright <[email protected]> wrote:

    > On Sun 21 Mar 2010 02:16:55a, Steve Pope told us...
    >
    > > Wayne Boatwright <[email protected]> wrote:
    > >
    > >>...of asparagus would you consider a serving?

    > >
    > > We're dead in the middle of asparagus season, and on this
    > > subject I prefer to quote James Beard:
    > >
    > > "Some people would tell you that 1/2 pound of asparagus
    > > is ample for 1 person. Actually most people can easily
    > > consume 3/4 pound. If the asparagus has a great amount
    > > of white, tough stalk which must be discarded, then even
    > > a pound per serving may be needed."
    > >
    > > I am counting about 22 spears per pound in some asparagus
    > > I bought early saturday. So I guess the answer is... 15 to 20
    > > spears.
    > >
    > > Steve
    > >

    >
    > Thanks, Steve. That's in line with my thinking, too. I bought 3 pounds of
    > asparagus yesterday. Each pound had 19-20 spears as they were a bit
    > thicker. Tonight I had a grilled veal chop, baked potato, and 10 spears of
    > asparagus. I could have eaten more, but I'm a pig for asparagus. Given
    > that, I was curious what others might serve to family or guests. I think I
    > could easily eat a pound. :-)


    I know I sure can. :-) I just took more of my frozen $1.50 per lb.
    asparagus out of the freezer yesterday and am making spring rolls with
    it.
    --
    Peace! Om

    Web Albums: <http://picasaweb.google.com/OMPOmelet>

    "Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck." --Dalai Lama

  8. #8
    James Silverton Guest

    Default Re: How many spears...

    Omelet wrote on Sun, 21 Mar 2010 05:39:06 -0600:

    >> ...of asparagus would you consider a serving?
    >>
    >> Assuming whole asparagus spears, steamed, dressed with a
    >> simple lemon butter, served with a starch such as a baked
    >> potato, and a meat.
    >>
    >> Thin spears?
    >>
    >> Thick spears?


    > Thin spears. I've found that the woody part is a lot smaller,
    > providing you don't intend to snap them off. Serving them
    > with plain lemon butter is one of my favorite ways to serve
    > them. :-) --
    > Peace! Om


    Based on current purchases, I would say about 1/3lb per person before
    snapping off the inedible parts by feel. I know you can peel the tips
    and get a little more to eat but that's a pain. This means roughly 1
    dozen pencil-thin spears and 6 to 8 half inch spears. I much prefer
    thinner asparagus. The local "gourmet" store sometimes has extra thick
    spears at a very premium price but I've never been tempted.

    --

    James Silverton
    Potomac, Maryland

    Email, with obvious alterations: not.jim.silverton.at.verizon.not


  9. #9
    Andy Guest

    Default Re: How many spears...

    Omelet <[email protected]> wrote:

    > I know I sure can. :-) I just took more of my frozen $1.50 per lb.
    > asparagus out of the freezer yesterday and am making spring rolls with
    > it.



    Om,

    For years, we've read your "I'm on a diet" posts.

    And you feed rfc your sausage making and other fat food posts!

    You actually think we don't know you're lying???

    Andy

  10. #10
    Omelet Guest

    Default Re: How many spears...

    In article <ho51s8$fvk$[email protected]>,
    "James Silverton" <[email protected]> wrote:

    > Omelet wrote on Sun, 21 Mar 2010 05:39:06 -0600:
    >
    > >> ...of asparagus would you consider a serving?
    > >>
    > >> Assuming whole asparagus spears, steamed, dressed with a
    > >> simple lemon butter, served with a starch such as a baked
    > >> potato, and a meat.
    > >>
    > >> Thin spears?
    > >>
    > >> Thick spears?

    >
    > > Thin spears. I've found that the woody part is a lot smaller,
    > > providing you don't intend to snap them off. Serving them
    > > with plain lemon butter is one of my favorite ways to serve
    > > them. :-) --
    > > Peace! Om

    >
    > Based on current purchases, I would say about 1/3lb per person before
    > snapping off the inedible parts by feel. I know you can peel the tips
    > and get a little more to eat but that's a pain. This means roughly 1
    > dozen pencil-thin spears and 6 to 8 half inch spears. I much prefer
    > thinner asparagus. The local "gourmet" store sometimes has extra thick
    > spears at a very premium price but I've never been tempted.


    Central Market had some enormous asparagus spears a few weeks back but
    as you pointed out, the price was too high to try them. All I can see
    is a LOT more waste with thicker spears even tho' I toss those woody
    ends into the freezer to make soup.
    --
    Peace! Om

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    Melba's Jammin' Guest

    Default Re: How many spears...


    > In article <[email protected] 7>,
    > Wayne Boatwright <[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    > > ...of asparagus would you consider a serving?


    All of them.
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    Dimitri Guest

    Default Re: How many spears...

    "Wayne Boatwright" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected] 5.247...
    > ...of asparagus would you consider a serving?
    >
    > Assuming whole asparagus spears, steamed, dressed with a simple lemon
    > butter,
    > served with a starch such as a baked potato, and a meat.
    >
    > Thin spears?
    >
    > Thick spears?


    for whom? Man, woman? child? teeth? no teeth? for Lunch? Dinner?

    Just kidding

    go by weight not spears..

    I would say 3 to 4 ounces for a large eater 1 to 2 ounces for a light eater.
    --
    Dimitri

    Soon

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    brooklyn1 Guest

    Default Re: How many spears...

    Melba's Jammin' <[email protected]> wrote:
    >>
    >> > ...of asparagus would you consider a serving?

    >
    >All of them.


    You're a pisser... and we don't care that it stinks! LOL

    This is good, and easy peasy... I like that it contains no dairy, I
    detest cream-of zoops:


    Crema di Asparagi Allo Zafferano
    Gourmet | April 1998

    Asparagus Soup with Saffron

    4 1/2 to 5 cups vegetable or chicken broth
    1/4 teaspoon crumbled saffron threads
    1/3 cup shelled natural pistachios or pine nuts
    3 1/2 pounds asparagus (about 3 large bunches)
    1 large russet (baking) potato
    1/4 cup margarine
    1/2 cup packed fresh flat-leafed parsley leaves
    freshly ground black pepper

    In a small saucepan bring 1/2 cup broth to a boil and remove pan from
    heat. Stir saffron into hot broth and steep, stirring occasionally, 15
    minutes.

    In a dry heavy skillet toast nuts over moderate heat, stirring, until
    fragrant. Chop nuts.

    Trim asparagus and cut into 2-inch pieces, reserving tips separately.
    Have ready a large bowl of ice and cold water. In a large saucepan of
    boiling salted water blanch tips 2 minutes, or until crisp-tender, and
    transfer with a slotted spoon to ice water to stop cooking. Drain tips
    well and pat dry.

    Peel potato and cut enough into 1/2-inch cubes to measure 1 1/2 cups.
    In a 4-quart kettle cook asparagus stalks in margarine over moderate
    heat, stirring, 3 minutes. Stir in potato, saffron infusion, and 4
    cups broth and simmer, covered, until vegetables are very tender but
    not falling apart, about 20 minutes.

    In a blender or food processor purée mixture in batches until smooth
    (use caution when blending hot liquids). In kettle stir together purée
    and enough of remaining broth to reach desired consistency. Add half
    of asparagus tips and bring soup to a simmer. While soup is heating,
    chop parsley. Season soup with pepper and salt.

    Ladle soup into bowls and top with remaining asparagus tips, nuts, and
    parsley.




  14. #14
    blake murphy Guest

    Default Re: How many spears...

    On Sun, 21 Mar 2010 07:16:48 -0500, Andy wrote:

    > Omelet <[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    >> I know I sure can. :-) I just took more of my frozen $1.50 per lb.
    >> asparagus out of the freezer yesterday and am making spring rolls with
    >> it.

    >
    > Om,
    >
    > For years, we've read your "I'm on a diet" posts.
    >
    > And you feed rfc your sausage making and other fat food posts!
    >
    > You actually think we don't know you're lying???
    >
    > Andy


    yay! andy's having another psychotic break!

    blake

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    blake murphy Guest

    Default Re: How many spears...

    On Sun, 21 Mar 2010 07:45:09 -0500, Melba's Jammin' wrote:

    >> In article <[email protected] 7>,
    >> Wayne Boatwright <[email protected]> wrote:
    >>
    >>> ...of asparagus would you consider a serving?

    >
    > All of them.


    <snort>

    your pal,
    blake

  16. #16
    blake murphy Guest

    Default Re: How many spears...

    On Sun, 21 Mar 2010 05:39:06 -0600, Omelet wrote:

    > In article <[email protected] 7>,
    > Wayne Boatwright <[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    >> ...of asparagus would you consider a serving?
    >>
    >> Assuming whole asparagus spears, steamed, dressed with a simple lemon butter,
    >> served with a starch such as a baked potato, and a meat.
    >>
    >> Thin spears?
    >>
    >> Thick spears?

    >
    > Thin spears. I've found that the woody part is a lot smaller, providing
    > you don't intend to snap them off. Serving them with plain lemon butter
    > is one of my favorite ways to serve them. :-)


    i stiil like them sautéed in butter with a little teriaki sauce at the end,
    cooked until a little thick and sticky.

    your pal,
    blake

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    Janet Bostwick Guest

    Default Re: How many spears...


    "Wayne Boatwright" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:Xns9D4215B92E0[email protected] 5.247...
    > ...of asparagus would you consider a serving?
    >
    > Assuming whole asparagus spears, steamed, dressed with a simple lemon
    > butter,
    > served with a starch such as a baked potato, and a meat.
    >
    > Thin spears?
    >
    > Thick spears?
    >

    snip
    >
    > Wayne Boatwright

    It's asparagus. . .all rules are off!! Asparagus is the main part of the
    meal, right???
    Janet



  18. #18
    aem Guest

    Default Re: How many spears...

    On Mar 21, 6:54 am, brooklyn1 <gravesen...@verizon.net> wrote:
    >
    > This is good, and easy peasy... I like that it contains no dairy, I
    > detest cream-of zoops:
    >
    > Crema di Asparagi Allo Zafferano
    > Gourmet | April 1998
    >
    > Asparagus Soup with Saffron

    [snip recipe]

    This does look good. Nowadays the soup can probably be puréed with a
    stick blender though you might have to fish out a few strings. Rather
    than adding the parsley garnish to each bowl I'd serve it on the side
    for those who want it (I wouldn't). I'd also offer lemon wedges for
    those (like me) who didn't worry about overpowering the saffron. -
    aem

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    aem Guest

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    On Mar 21, 1:08 am, Wayne Boatwright <wayneboatwri...@arizona.usa.com>
    wrote:
    > ...of asparagus would you consider a serving?
    > [snip]


    Avoid the numerical hangup by serving cold asparagus salad and letting
    people take as much as they like. From a 1999 post:

    Cold Asparagus Salad, Chinese style

    Rinse 1 lb. asparagus, cut or break off ends, slice into
    bite-sized lengths on the diagonal. Bring a big pot of water to
    boil. Put some ice cubes in a bowl and fill with cold water.
    Mix together:

    2 TB light soy sauce
    1 TB sesame oil
    1/4 tsp sugar
    1 large (2 small) clove(s) garlic, minced very fine

    Drop asparagus into boiling water. Boil one (1) minute. Okay,
    up to two minutes if the asparagus is really fat. But do NOT
    cook it till soft. Drain, and put immediately into the ice
    water. Mix it around to cool as quickly as possible. Drain
    well. Put in serving bowl, pour the sauce over, mix. Serve
    cold. -aem




  20. #20
    Mr. Joseph Littleshoes Esq. Guest

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    Wayne Boatwright wrote:
    > ...of asparagus would you consider a serving?
    >
    > Assuming whole asparagus spears, steamed, dressed with a simple lemon butter,
    > served with a starch such as a baked potato, and a meat.
    >
    > Thin spears?
    >
    > Thick spears?


    How many can you eat in one sitting?

    Myself? i find a half dozen thin or 2 - 3 thick to be sufficient. The
    ER (elderly relative) can happily eat a pound or more.

    I recently cut some up into bite sized pieces and used them in a
    compound dish, a casserole, and thought they were much better as an
    ingredient that flavored the entire dish, than they are on their own.

    One of my favorite ways of serving asparagus is in a crab and asparagus
    soup.

    --

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