1. Gently combine the asparagus and scallions with the oil, salt, pepper, and sugar.
2. Prepare a charcoal grill for one-zone direct grilling or preheat a gas grill to high. When the grill is hot, spread out the asparagus and grill until browned and tender crisp, turning often, about 2 minutes. Remove to a serving platter, then grill the scallions the same way. Heap the scallions on the platter with the asparagus and spoon the dressing over the top.
Serve hot off the grill or at room temperature.
From A Summertime Grilling Guide by Lynne Rossetto Kasper and Sally Swift. Copyright © 2012 by American Public Media.
Darra Goldstein is editor in chief of The Oxford Companion to Sugar and Sweets, an 888-page reference guide to all things sweet. "The book is really a compendium of human desires, a cultural history of desire for things that are sweet and what it has caused in the world, in both the realm of pleasure and also of pain," she says.