Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil, add the beans, and boil for 5 to 8 minutes, or until you feel only the slightest crunch when you bite into one. Drain in a colander and immediately rinse under cold running water. Pat dry or spin dry in a lettuce spinner.
Trim and peel the asparagus spears. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil, a