I started paying attention when my favorite cooking shows made anything with asparagus, but still I deferred. Finally my mom and I got brave. I told her I would buy it if she would help me cook it. We made it for a family dinner, lightly roasted in a convection oven, with a little olive oil, and some butter and lemon put on it at the end. It, too, was wonderful.
This weekend I finally broke down and cooked fresh asparagus, all by my big girl self. I used a little bit of olive oil, some kosher salt, a little lemon pepper seasoning, and little butter added right at the end.
I sauteed this about 5-6 minutes. The asparagus I had was really young (skinny) and tender, and I think--I know--I overcooked it a little waiting for the rolls to cook. But, even though the bud ends were a bit limp, it still tasted wonderful.
I paired it with pan-seared steak, sliced cucumbers, and crescent rolls. Not Gourmet, but delicious.
You may have been cooking asparagus for years, but maybe there's some other ingredient or dish that intimidates you. Break out of your comfort zone, and try something new and "exotic" to you.
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Good cooking, and good eating!