(Photo: Asparagus in bondage. Credit: Ladies Home Journal.)
Any cook will tell you, good food is like good porn. With that, I give you this totally double-entendred trip, taken verbatim from the Ladies Home Journal lightstyle section:
How to Choose Asparagus
-Look for rigid spears with firm ends.
-Wrinkled stem ends mean the asparagus is old and may be tough.
-Asparagus tenderness is not related to the thickness of the stalk.
-Color signals the tenderness of the stalks — the deeper the color the better.
…I have a friend who swears by that last one. Er, she’s a home cook, too.