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I am constantly amazed at how animated and talkative people get when you mention food. The mere aroma of certain foods can evoke memories that transport us back to a special place and time. Food can bridge the gap between all ages, races and ethnicities.
Let's face it, the only thing that should ever come between people is a table and some serving bowls.

Friday, April 3, 2009

Simply Better

The asparagus has been looking so perfect in the stores these days in both the green and the white. The stalks have been long and thin instead of thick and woody as they had been in the past. I do love asparagus as do most of my family and friends so when I see some so perfectly displayed it is a must purchase for our eating pleasure.
Even though asparagus holds its own in any fancy preparation, it really is at its best in its simplest form.

Fresh Asparagus

2 lb. asparagus
Salted water
1/4 c. butter, melted
Sprinkle of salt
Sprinkle of pepper
Squeeze of fresh lemon or orange, optional (but a really delicious addition)!

Snap or cut off tough ends of asparagus. Wash. Leave whole or cut into bite-size diagonal pieces. Cook in salted water until tender. If you find tips cook too fast compared to ends when cooking whole, make a pillow of foil to hold tips up. Drain very well. Turn into shallow serving dish. Drizzle butter over top. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Makes 4-6 servings of about 4-6 spears each.

Photo/savila/flickr

5 comments:

Vintage Kitten said...

I love asparagus, unfortunately I cant get my husband to eat it (hes like a toddler who wont eat his greens, so I have to hide vegetables in his meals LOL!) I havnt tried it with lemon/orange juice, I will have to give that a try X

Julie said...

Enjoy, Vintage Kitten

Pamm said...

Growing up a "Air Force brat" we seldom were able to get fresh vegetables from the base commessary. I grew up on canned vegetables (asperagus, spinach, corn... the basics). After moving here to NY I have been fortunate to have a room mate that cooks real food, fresh veggies. I will never forget the first time I ate fresh asparagus like these... the added bonus of the citrus sdrizzled over the top was simply divine.

I still have moments when I want to go back to my canned veggies - but then stop and just go to the grocery store and bring the fresh ones home to be cooked. "Yummo"

Julie said...

Thank you, Pamm

Tracy said...

You're right -- the asparagus at the store has been looking nice. Haven't bought it yet but you've convinced me that I need to!