When fresh asparagus is plentiful and inexpensive, stock up. Blanch, cool and store it covered with water in containers in the freezer. When thawed, it tastes just like fresh-picked. —Estelle M., Gobles, Michigan
For even more flavor, mix field greens and crisp, crumbled bacon into this appealing veggie salad. Or whisk a tablespoon of honey into the dressing. Guests will love it! —Laura McAllister, Morganton, North Carolina
If a delicious chicken and rice entrée is what you're looking for, look no further. This mild herb-flavored rice dish with tender asparagus from Mary Ann Marino of West Pittsburg, Pennsylvania is the answer.