Come along with me as I journal about my latest cooking and gardening adventures. Discover what grows in my zone five garden, and see what new recipes I try from my cookbook collection each week.

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Since moving to Midland, Michigan, I have been reading and researching many cooking journals, cookbooks and collected recipes from the past thirty years. Organizing pictures of gardens I enjoy has also been a joy for me, as I continue to learn about garden design and horticulture.

angel food cakes

angel food cakes
this kitchen is seasoned with love

Monday, January 23, 2012

sesame asparagus

since asparagus happens to be one of my very favorite vegetables, i try to serve this side dish in a variety of ways.

this recipe comes from martha's everyday food magazine from a number of years ago, but happens to be one of the best ways to present asparagus to family and friends.

preheat the oven to 450 degrees.  trim asparagus ends, and cut asparagus into 2 inch lengths.  place asparagus into a ceramic baking dish as shown, and drizzle with a small amount of olive oil.  season with coarse salt.

roast the asparagus about 10 minutes, turning the tips halfway through the baking time.  add sesame seeds and continue to roast until the asparagus looks lightly browned in spots and tender for eating.  this cooking time may be 5 minutes more.

sesame asparagus is delicious and can be served with any entree, including pasta dishes.  a beautiful presentation for your guests, since knives will not be needed with these bite-sized portions.

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