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10 Dishes that Pair Perfectly With Asparagus

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Springtime’s star veggie—it’s in season from February until June—is both versatile and tasty. Boil it, braise it, puree it, or just grill it and enjoy. In honor of National Asparagus Month (yup, that’s a thing), we've harvested a collection of the best dishes to pair with the flavorful spears.

1. RAVIOLI PIE

Bake the green veggie into a pie. Well, sort of. Better Homes and Gardens suggests combining blanched asparagus spears and pre-cooked store-bought chicken ravioli in a pie plate and adding a garlic butter sauce made with parmesan and lemon zest. Then, bake until bubbly and enjoy.

2. BACON

What doesn’t taste good when wrapped in bacon? TV chef Rachael Ray wraps bundles of the stalks with center cut bacon or pancetta. Lightly coat with olive oil, then grill and you’ll be biting into crispy pork and greens in 15 minutes.

3. HAM AND CHEESE

French chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten, known for his Michelin-starred namesake restaurant, borrowed this dish from his mom. Growing up, he recalls, his mother would purchase white asparagus—renowned in his hometown of Alsace, France—to make asparagus and ham gratin. This dish involves ham-wrapped asparagus bundles covered in a butter sauce and sprinkled with Gruyére cheese.

4. RISOTTO

Serve up a steaming plate of delicious carbs with a recipe from Food Network chef Alton Brown. The Good Eats host cooks onions with Arborio rice, pours in white wine and chicken broth, then tops it all off with 12 ounces of wild mushrooms and asparagus. Serve as a side or even as a main course.

5. TUNA

For Italian chef Fabio Viviani, the stalks are the perfect topper for his tuna steak carpaccio dish. The Top Chef competitor drizzles raw, thinly sliced tuna with miso dressing, and then tops them with butter-poached asparagus. The dish makes for a perfect light, delicious appetizer.

6. SALAD

Get your fix of greens with this dish dreamt up by Bobby Flay. The celebrity chef tosses a pound of grilled asparagus with mesclun, cucumber, tomatoes, chickpeas, kalamata olives, and cubes of sharp white cheddar, then drizzles it all with homemade dressing for a fresh and colorful salad.

7. CHICKEN

To give a standard chicken-and-asparagus dinner a twist, steal a page from Cat Cora’s cookbook. The Iron Chef star spoons tangy feta salsa, made with parsley, basil, garlic, vinegar and oil, over crispy grilled asparagus and chicken.

8. SOUP

This quick and easy soup is a puree of onion, asparagus, peas, tarragon, and heavy cream created by Top Chef finalist Carla Hall, and is served with a side of Parmesan shortbread coins. The Chew cohost swears, “Both are dead simple to make.”

9. LAMB

British food writer Nigel Slater makes an incredibly easy asparagus stew by simmering lamb cubes, sliced shallots (or onions), and asparagus in stock and white wine. The delicious final touch: a dollop of crème fraîche and some chervil leaves.

10. PASTA

In 30 minutes, you can whip up this Martha Stewart-approved meal. Cook linguine or fettuccine with halved asparagus, toss with butter and Parmesan, and top with a poached egg.

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Fearless Man Slices 26 Watermelons on His Stomach in 60 Seconds, Setting New Record
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Ashrita Furman, a 63-year-old New Yorker who holds the world record for setting the most Guinness World Records, just achieved another one. This time, it was for the most watermelons sliced on top of his stomach in 60 seconds, Nerdist reports.

Furman came up with the idea for the record himself, and while he didn’t have any competition, Guinness stipulated that he had to slice at least 20 watermelons to be recognized. He managed to cut through 26 melons with his tool of choice, a katana, in less than a minute. (He walked away without a scratch.)

Check out this spectacle (and serious ab workout) for yourself:

“I’m really thrilled,” Furman told Reuters after pulling off the feat. “My first reaction is I’m relieved that I didn’t kill myself and the second is that I’m exhilarated because it is not only a skillful record, but also it’s something that I invented and now it’s out there and other people can challenge it.”

Furman, who has been called “Mr. Versatility,” currently holds more than 200 Guinness records. He set his very first record in 1979 after completing 27,000 jumping jacks, and he hasn’t slowed down since. In the past near-40 years he has set the record for—among other feats—the most knives caught in a minute (54); the greatest distance traveled while juggling on a pogo stick (4 miles, 30 feet); and most grapes caught in his mouth in one minute (86).

[h/t Nerdist]

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Recall Alert: Swiss Rolls And Bread Sold at Walmart and Food Lion Linked to Salmonella
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New items have been added to the list of foods being recalled due to possible salmonella contamination. According to Fox Carolina, snack cakes and bread products produced by Flowers Foods, Inc. have been pulled from stores in Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina.

The baked goods company, based in Georgia, has reason to believe the whey powder it buys from a third-party supplier is tainted with salmonella. The ingredient is added to its Swiss rolls, which are sold under various brands, as well as its Captain John Derst’s Old Fashioned Bread. Popular chains that normally sell Flowers Foods products include Walmart and Food Lion.

The U.S. is in the middle of a salmonella outbreak. In June, Kellogg's recalled Honey Smacks due to contamination and the CDC is still urging consumers to avoid the brand. The cereal has sickened dozens of people since early March. So far, there have been no reported illnesses connected to the potential Flower Foods contamination.

You can find the full list of recalled items below. If you have one of these products in your kitchen, throw it out immediately or return it to the store where you bought it to be reimbursed.

  • Mrs. Freshley's Swiss Rolls
  • H-E-B Swiss Rolls
  • Food Lion Swiss Rolls
  • Baker's Treat Swiss Rolls
  • Market Square Swiss Rolls
  • Great Value Swiss Rolls
  • Captain John Derst's Old Fashioned Bread

[h/t Fox Carolina]

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