Farmer's Market tip: best asparagus I've yet had. Guy from San Joaquin Delta (?) Farms, (big sign, says San Joaquin something something) with a little handwritten sign that promises that he has the best asparagus in the market. I can actually substantiate this claim, at least within my own taste-world, because I have actually tried every single asparagus vendor in the Hollywood Market. No kiddin. I'm on a rampage. I think he goes to other markets.
Beautiful, immense, deeply flavored asparagus. Made a friend of mine cry last night with the asparagus. No kiddin.
Best way of prepping this fast: either the brown-for-one-minute-in-butter-than-slow-braise-for-ten-minutes-and-serve-with-salt-and-butter, or my current favorite, from the F. Willinger book, pan-roast in olive oil on high until brown, then on low until tender, serve with salt and lemon.