Asparagus Crimes, No Punishment

This is spring: a tiny oven bird biddeling along a fallen branch in Thickson's Woods... ...and in my garden, this is spring: the first bumble bee feasting on the early blooming clematis...and... ...out before its leaves, the sweet and edible blossoms of the eastern redbud, a member of the legume or pea family.... ...and masses of bleeding hearts, two kinds...pure white, and... ...flirtatious hot pink. In my kitchen, this is spring: the first bundles of Ontario asparagus... Ah yes, all very lovely, but what was that about crimes? Old cookbooks and recipes are fascinating and sometimes fascinatingly scary. Why did everyone boil everything to mush? Even the most delicate of spring greens did no

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