The Cook Awakening

Roasted Asparagus

April 19, 2013
Posted in: Recipes, Seasonal Change, The Simple Kitchen

Back Yard Tulip

My mother has been on my mind a lot recently. Our birthdays are two days apart in early April, and last year she and I traveled from California to Oregon together on the day between our birthdays.

She loved flowers. I see the tulips blooming in our back yard and I remember her noticing them as she walked toward her little cottage for the first time that day. “Oooohh!” she said. “Look at them!” The blooms this year come from the same bulbs that lay hidden under the earth since then.

She’s gone now. I wonder if the bulb that was her root is blooming somewhere else? Maybe just in the thoughts and emotions I’m experiencing as she comes to mind.

She loved asparagus, one of the few vegetables she would eat. Now is their season! Here’s a simple way to eat them, roasted and delicious. Enjoy.

Roasted Asparagus


  • 2 pounds fresh asparagus
  • 2 – 4 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • Celtic sea salt to taste
  • Cracked black pepper
  • 2 Tbsp balsamic vinegar (optional)
  • Directions:
    Preheat oven to 400F.

    Snap the cut ends off the asparagus, they will break where the fibers start to get tough. Discard the ends, or save to make soup. Rinse the asparagus in cold water, spraying the tips well to dislodge any sand that may be caught in the tips.

    Spread on a sheet pan, one asparagus deep. Don’t stack them! Drizzle the olive oil over all and toss them to distribute the oil well. Spread evenly on the pan and sprinkle with the salt and pepper.

    Roast for 15 minutes, or until the asparagus spears begin to look a little shriveled and begin to brown slightly.

    Remove from the oven and drizzle with the optional balsamic vinegar.

    Serve warm or room temperature. Homemade mayonnaise or pesto (or pesto mayonnaise!) is a nice accompaniment.

    Serves 4 – 6

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    2 Responses to “Roasted Asparagus”

    1. Health and Fitness Says:

      Good post and i like it. Really good and yeah sounds like easy to make and serve. I will try tonight.

    2. Durga Fuller Says:

      Tell me how you like it!

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