A package arrived from California this morning; guess what was in it? Our generous friends, Peggy Knickerbocker and Robert Fisher, filled a box with these grassy green spears of asparagus and shipped it to us. The West took pity on the East. We peeled them (not that they really needed it), plunged them into boiling water, anointed them with butter, then seasoned them with good salt and cracked black pepper. We are bending the seasonal eating rules today, after all, it’s spring somewhere!