Asparagus Gruyere Tart

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Yes, it is asparagus season again.  Yay!

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We are so fortunate to have a large farm close by that grows nothing but this tasty and versatile vegetable.  As with many seasonal veggies, it is best to savor its flavour when it is in season and at its peak.

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Despite this, I decided to try to preserve some by pickling it, much like the dilly beans last year.

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I asked a friend of mine for her recipe for picked asparagus and along with it, she sent a Canadian Living recipe for this very delicious tart. It is a recipe she describes as simple but one that looks and tastes devine.

Whether you serve it as an appetizer or light lunch option with a salad,  it is just one more way to enjoy this lovely spring vegetable while it is in season.

Mott’s–Yes, the juice & it has bacon!!!!

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So here is my contribution to Denise’s request for our Summer time go-to drink.  It is Mott’s (the juice, not the radio program) Clamato Caesar with bacon vodka.  Yes, I said bacon vodka.

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Here is the product information from the LCBO website:

Tasting Note
In the glass, a bright tomato red colour; fresh tomato flavours, with smoky bacon notes emerging and becoming prominent; hints of clam broth and spice on the finish.

Serving Suggestion
Serve with bacon-wrapped asparagus, a selection of cheeses, smoked fish or smoky ribs.

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The consensus in our household was that it had a light smoky flavour not unlike Hickory Sticks.  I love the suggestion of serving it with bacon wrapped asparagus which is in season right now.

We prepared our’s rimmed with Montreal Steak spice and the traditional celery and lemon wedge.

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Ahhhh!  Refreshing!

So it’s your turn now.  What will you be sipping this summer?

 

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Victoria Day Weekend–May Two-Four–The Queen’s Birthday!

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No matter what you call it, this Canadian long weekend marks the official start of the summer season.

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Yes, I know, summer doesn’t officially start until June 21st.  Perhaps it’s because by the time this weekend rolls around the spring flowers have begun to bloom, the first garden offerings like rhubarb and asparagus become available at local farmers stands and if you can find a spot out of the wind, the sun has enough warmth to remind you of the summer to come.

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For most of us across North America, this was the winter that didn’t seem to want to end.  As with many things that seem almost unbearable at the time, like child birth (Denise can comment on this) or running a marathon (my area of expertise), the passage of time gives us a rosier perspective.

With that in mind, I am posting some pictures that I took over this past winter.  It really was quite beautiful–ice storm, blizzards, freezing temperatures and all!!

Enjoy!

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