Last week I picked the spindly Asparagus out of our garden. I planted it 2 years ago from seed and this was the first batch big enough to eat. Still wasn't enough for a meal or for these, but I chopped them up (whatever was left after the girls and I nibbled on some raw. Yumm!) and threw them on top of a big salad.
I know home grown asparagus is just one of those things that can't be rushed, but I sure wish they grew a little faster. To prepare asparagus, I always wash them well with cold water and either snap off the woody bottom part (asparagus actually have a naturally breaking point, so if you bend them, they should snap off at just the right spot) or just line them all up and cut the ends off about an inch or two. If I steam them which is most of the time, I either use those plastic microwave steam bags or pour 1 inch of water in the bottom of a large skillet with the cover on and let them cook 3-4 minutes until they are crisp tender and bright green.
I haven't planted any of the vegetables yet. It rained all day Saturday. And Sunday? ...well I didn't do anything productive yesterday. I didn't even make dinner, we had cheese popcorn while watching America's Funniest Videos. And the Gardener mowed the lawn. Hopefully next weekend I'll get to planting.