And after some investigation...
He tried it! And just getting him to try it is my main goal. If he doesn't like it, he doesn't have to eat it. But I really want him to try everything on his plate. With Max, I have learned not to push him. If I just present it, not make a big deal, and ask him to try it once, we usually have success. Pestering and badgering just leads to instant rejection. On this night, not only did he try the asparagus, but he liked it! And went on to eat several spears!
Max went through a tortilla phase. He requested them at every meal. For a while I carried around a tortilla in a plastic bag in the diaper bag. He called them "lore-LEE-las."
As a reward for trying the asparagus, we let me him have another coveted first. The Oreo. He's no dummy. He knew the creamy-chocolatey goodness that awaited him and didn't waste a minute digging in. (I will say it's a little startling that Oreo's have no milk in them. Considering the "cream" filling and all. Oh well, it's easy, I don't have to make it special for him, and he loves them!)
Little Peanut all tuckered out and sleeping in the swing, despite Max running through the house, hollering.
An Angel indeed.