Friday, May 15, 2009

Food For Thought

Although I don't have enough time to really put into it, I love to cook! So I thought if I committed to posting a recipe a week, I might be motivated to try some new things and to share what I call "tried and true" recipes.

Like so many of you I have shelves and shelves of cookbooks. Maybe NOT like you, I hardly look at them any more. With the Internet there almost seems no need for cookbooks. Google an ingredient that's getting ready to become a science experiment in the fridge and get 100,000 hits of how to cook it! Lately when I am looking for an idea I find I need at least 3 different recipes to make one dish.

So here's my first offering. Might as well make it a simple one. Since fresh asparagus is plentiful and not too pricey right now we'll start with:

Serves 6

1 1/2 lbs. fresh asparagus, trimmed
3 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 tsp. salt
2 tbsp. unsalted butter

Preheat oven to 500 degrees. Spread asparagus on a baking sheet in a single layer and brush with olive oil. Sprinkle with salt and roast the asparagus in the upper third of the oven until the spears are tender when pricked with a tip of the knife; about 10 to 12 minutes depending on their thickness. Move the spears around a couple times during roasting. Remove baking sheet from oven.

Immediately place the butter on a corner of the hot baking sheet to melt with tongs, transfer the asparagus to a serving platter. Pour melted butter over the asparagus and serve. Enjoy!

Image from Google Images


Pam said...

Maybe, just maybe your weekly recipes will inspire me to want to cook. Maybe? OK, probably not, but maybe I will at least try something new. I do love aspargus. Hmmm....

Alex the Girl said...

I"m with Pam on this one. I love to cook though. I'm all about trying new just doesn't happen often, and unfortunately, I LOVE MAKING love to bake.

Sandy said...

Ladies, thank you for your comments. Pam, you really are a good cook and I have to admit I didn't realize you don't enjoy it more.

Alex, you will be my inspiration to post more desert recipes. I'm not the best baker but for sure my husband wishes I was.

Pam said...

Thanks for the vote of confindence, Sandy. To me cooking is just one more thing I have to do. I wish I found the joy in it that others do.

Anonymous said...

Next time try wrapping a few spears with prosciutto and grilling - delicious!!! Sandy, we planted asparagus so we should be sharing next year!!

Anonymous said...

The anonymous post was Katie baker, Sandy!! Gotta figure this out.... :)

Sandy said...

Katie! Thanks for the idea. I will definitely try grilling the asparagus wrapped in prosciutto. Yum!


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