The difference between a strained asparagus soup and a blended-then-served asparagus soup can be compared to the difference between a hand-written thank you note and a thank you email. Both are appreciated, but one feels more honorable.

A silky raspberry coulis begs to be chased around the plate by that last bite of chocolate brownie or, if at a loss for brownie, a lusty swipe of the finger.

The equipment needed is simple and humble: a fine mesh strainer, a bowl and a 4 oz stainless ladle. Ladle your blended whatever into the strainer (that sits over the bowl) and use the bottom of the ladle to swirl down on the mash. Make firm concentric circles to separate the liquids from the fiber.

Upend the remaining fiber into the compost bowl and repeat the process.