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signs of spring! farmer jo welcomes asparagus by Joanna Piatek 1 2 3 4
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The easiest way to cook asparagus, in my humble opinion, is to lay the stalks in a microwave proof dish, large enough for them to lay flat. Then, add about a ˝ cup water and microwave for 3-4 minutes. I like mine pretty crunchy, so you may want to add another minute or two if you like yours softer. Drain and eat! Dipping them in mayo or melted better is easy and tasty, but so is drizzle of olive oil and lemon, or a drizzle of hollandaise sauce, or a sprinkle of soy and sesame oil. Fresh squeezed lemon, salt and a liberal sprinkling of pepper. Ahh, there are so many ways to enjoy asparagus that I get hungry just thinking about it. Here are two more great ways to use asparagus …

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I love roasted vegetables! I just discovered how easy it is to roast asparagus. They are so delicious that I have fixed this recipe three times this week! So far they’ve proven to be the perfect accompaniment for pizza, roast chicken and, well, steamed asparagus. Hey, they’re only around for a few weeks each year!

Roasted Asparagus
1 pound asparagus
2 Tablespoon Olive Oil

Heat the oven to 400 degrees. Drizzle a cookie sheet with the oil. Add asparagus and roll them around until they are coated in oil. Put into a hot oven for 6-10 minutes, depending on the thickness of the asparagus. When they get a slightly mottled appearance, remove from the oven and immediately sprinkle with salt. Let them sit for a few minutes before serving.


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