The ever-thoughtful Val has a food blog devoted to local eating. One of her recent posts discusses cooking from scratch, and I know there are lots of reasons people don’t do it, but one reason is feeling overwhelmed by the time it might take or simply not knowing how to cook. That’s a good reason to love vegetables, and in honor of spring, one favorite.
Fresh asparagus were 10 lbs for $10 at the grocery store today. I nabbed a couple of big bunches, and this is what’s fantastic:
So easy. Cut off some of the woody stem, lay them neatly in a glass bowl with about a tablespoon of water, salt with big fat grains of kosher salt, and cover. Steam in microwave for 3 minutes (maybe not so long at lower altitudes) et VOILA!
So good. Serving them with pasta I brought home from Italy (sort of the opposite of local, but handmade and lovely and I did buy it on site) drizzled with olive oil and a little parmesan cheese.