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Asparagus season is upon us and the freshest of the fresh can be found at the Olympia Farmers Market. Grab a bundle (or six) and set your sights on any of the myriad of ways you can use this scrumptious green stalk.

It’s no exaggeration to say that Michael and I have eaten grilled asparagus at least three times a week this summer. It’s so simple and satisfying.

Rinse asparagus well and bend each stalk so it gives way at its natural snapping spot. (If you’re in a hurry, simply snap the first one, and then cut the others in the bunch in one fell swoop at the same length.) Brush lightly with olive oil — trust me on this: buy yourself a silicone basting brush and toss all your old, shedding natural bristle brushes; you’ll never look back — and then sprinkle with salt and freshly ground pepper. Plunk them on the grill and cook until tender — to each his own. If you glance away from the grill and lose yourself in a nicely chilled glass of chardonnay, don’t despair: blackened spots can actually add lovely flavor.

Pure summer palate perfection.

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