Anyhoo, what is it about asparagus that makes it perfect for Spring? Is it the beautiful color of green, white or purple? Is it the taste, the texture and the beauty of the tender tips or the fact that it is in season and is more affordable?
I remember living outside of Heidelberg, Germany in a little village. On our way home from the city, we would drive through sprawling fields of asparagus. To some, asparagus is considered a weed that grows alongside the road...but to me, it is the taste of Spring! It means that sunshiney days are right around the corner. Picnic days, bike rides to the farmer's market, berry picking and dates to the orchard are soon to be had!
Oh, and as far as mushrooms go, most people either love them or hate them. One should learn to at least tolerate them as they are able to boost the immune system and are known to fight diseases. Don't you think they are beautiful, too...in their own sorta way?
Cream of Fresh Mushroom and Asparagus Soup
adapted from A TASTE OF OREGON
1/4 cup butter
1 garlic clove, minced
2 Tbsp. chopped onion
1/2 tsp. sea salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
3 cups chicken broth
8 oz. fresh mushrooms, sliced lengthwise
1 bunch asparagus, cut into little bite-sized pieces
1/2 cup flour
1 quart half and half
1/4 cup Sauvignon Blanc
Heat butter, garlic and onion in a saucepan.
Add salt and pepper and stir until onion softens...about 3 minutes.
Add mushrooms and asparagus and continue to cook until tender...about 5 minutes.
Add the flour and continue to cook until it is all mixed in.
Put all of this into a stockpot.
Add the broth and the half and half.
Pour the wine into the saucepan and stir...getting all of the flavor from the veggies.
Add this to the stockpot and stir until soup is nice and smooth.
Season to taste and let simmer on low for about 30 minutes.
This makes the perfect sipping soup for Easter!! Especially if there may be a certain family member and his/her family who never seeem to be on time for family dinners. :} Please tell me we are not the only family in the world who is starving by the time we are all gathered around the holiday table. No wonder our Momma has resorted to appetizers!
Shared with: comfy in the kitchen