Asparagus Recipes

When spring hits, we hope you're loading up your fridge with crisp, fresh asparagus. If we had our way, it would be named one of the official vegetables of the season. And don't expect to find only classic green spears at the local farmers' market. Asparagus comes in vibrant purple and white varieties, too. Once you buy a big bunch and are ready to prep, remember to remove the woody portion of the stem before cooking. Just bend the end of each spear until it breaks off. Asparagus naturally breaks right where the woody portion ends, which prevents you from discarding too much. F&W's guide provides all the best recipes to help you hit your vegetable quota, from raw salads to bright, blended soups.

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Food & Wine: We Compared Crayola Crayon Food Colors to Actual Food
We Compared Crayola Crayon Food Colors to Actual Food
Crayola crayons have some odd, specific and oddly specific names—over 120 of them. The wax coloring implements have seen a lot additions to (and subtractions from) their palette since the original box of eight colors debuted in 1903. Until the late 1950s most crayon color names were plucked from a reference text called "Color: Universal Language and Dictionary of Names," but as the variety grew (usually due to consumer demand for certain shades) naming duties were given to creatives inside Crayola’s headquarters and, ultimately, to the rest of the world (with occasional naming contests that began in 1993—giving us Asparagus, Macaroni and Cheese and Granny Smith Apple, to name a few). With the recent demise of Dandelion, Crayola is once again turning to folks like you to give its replacement, a new blue hue, its name. Inspired by an Oregon State University research team’s discovery of a new pigment called YInMn, fans of coloring (inside and out of the lines) can submit their ideas until June 2nd. Why replace blue with yellow? Because in polls, blue tones took six of the top ten spots. And hey, there’s no Blueberry or Blue Corn Tortilla crayon...yet. We decided to pit Crayola’s current slate of food-named colors against their real-world counterparts to see how they stack up. To be fair, it is hard to capture tones and nuance (especially fluorescent colors) on camera, but we’ve given each crayon an accuracy rating from 1 (least) to 10 (most). Plus, we had a lot of fun coloring in the process.

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