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Cook to Cook: Four Ways to Prepare Asparagus

Cook to Cook: Four Ways to Prepare Asparagus

Believe it or not, my husband and I garden organically in Boston – - we have a typical 5500 square foot lot but have been able to squeeze in lots of things, including a compost area behind the garage, vegetables, cutting flowers, perennial beds and some grass. We even grow asparagus!

I believe simple is better when it comes to cooking asparagus, and here are four different menus for using it simply but well.

Four Ways to Use Asparagus

1) Trim and cut asparagus. Steam stalks first, adding the tips in for final 2-3 minutes. depending on how you like them cooked. Drain.

Eat hot tossed with a bit of melted butter or olive or nut oil, freshly cracked pepper, and lots of fresh lemon juice and rind (if organic).

2) Mix the above mixture into angel hair pasta and add some freshly grated parmesan cheese or to taste, fresh ricotta cheese.

3) Pat the cooked asparagus dry and use in an omelet. Beat two fresh eggs with 2 tbs. hot water, dash cayenne pepper and salt. Heat non-stick pan; put in egg mixture. When mixture begins to set up, sprinkle in chopped fresh chives and lay in cooked asparagus. Fold omelet in half to finish cooking until eggs are just firm (do not overcook). Serve with a spring greens salad with vinaigrette dressing, fresh fruit and toast from your favorite savory bread.

4). Roast asparagus in the oven. Trim asparagus and leave whole. Put in a large ovenproof roasting pan. Toss with enough olive or nut oil to lightly coat but not soak the stalks so they don’t burn. Put in a 400 degree oven, and turn several times so they cook evenly. Cooking time varies but is at least 1/2 hour duration , depending on your oven. The stalks should be nicely browned. Serve warm or cold with topping (or not) such as cracked salt and pepper, fresh lemon juice, aioli, etc.

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Annie B. Bond

Annie is a renowned expert in non-toxic and green living. She was named one of the top 20 environmental leaders by Body and Soul Magazine and "the foremost expert on green living." - Body & Soul Magazine, 2009. Learn Annie's latest eco-friendly news on, a website dedicated to healthy and green living.


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10:42PM PDT on Apr 20, 2013

We love asparagus! Good roasted tossed in Virgin Olive Oil baked in a hot oven 425 for 10 min.
Or even in smoothies with spinach and fruit!
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1:46AM PDT on Aug 12, 2012

Interesting article.

6:05AM PDT on Aug 7, 2012

thanks for the tips

3:20AM PDT on Oct 10, 2011

thank you

10:50PM PDT on May 27, 2011

Very simple and easy to do recipes. I got news that asparagus is a good anti-cancer food. Thanks!

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