March 22, 2008

Spring has Sprung.....at least in the grocery it has....


The sunshine is deceiving. It was so beautiful and bright outside today that you would have thought that spring had actually arrived.....until you stepped outside the door! BRRRR. It was so bright and sunny this morning that I actually couldn't wait to get outside! I knew ahead of time actually that it was cold (my thermometer read 19 degrees).

Today I did some thing to treat myself. I was feeling a bit nostalgic about my nanny. When she was alive I had a habit of getting up early and going around the corner to have coffee and breakfast with her. I really miss the time she and I would spend together. There would be times when I was making my stuffed teddy bears for EFY and she would come over after I had the bodies all ready to stuff and sit in my living room with me and stuff the bears....or she would help me make my sugar cookies and decorate them. I have a lot of special memories of my grandmother that are still so vivid. I can hardly believe she has been gone 4 years.

I decided the next best thing to spending time with my nanny was to spend time with my Aunt Marlene. It has been a while since I've been over to visit her and since I had the opportunity today I headed over her way. She was busy boiling eggs and making cupcakes. We spent the morning talking and I am so glad I spent that time with her. I know she reads my blog and I want her to know that she is one of the most special people in my life and that I love her with all my heart!

What does this have to do with asparagus? lol. WELL, not much really, but I guess I can relate it somewhat to springtime and easter! I did help Aunt Marlene frost her cupcakes and peel her eggs (some of her prep for easter dinner).

I came home and started to figure out what I would make for dinner. I decided to do easy and just sauteed some seasoned chicken breasts, made a gravy and mashed potatoes, and roasted my asparagus. What is special about this asparagus? It is served with a browned balsalmic butter....so yummy! I found this recipe when I was following Weight Watchers and was part of a cooking light forum that discussed and reviewed recipes from Cooking Light magazine. The recipe is as follows:

Roasted Asparagus with Browned Balsamic Butter
from Cooking Light

40 asparagus spears, trimmed (about 2 pounds)
Cooking spray
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
2 tablespoons butter
2 teaspoons low-sodium soy sauce
1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar

Preheat oven to 400°.
Arrange asparagus in a single layer on baking sheet; coat with cooking spray. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Bake at 400° for 12 minutes or until tender.
Melt the butter in a small skillet over medium heat; cook for 3 minutes or until lightly browned, shaking pan occasionally. Remove from heat; stir in soy sauce and vinegar. Drizzle over the asparagus, tossing well to coat. Serve immediately. ENJOY!

7 comments:

  1. I love asparagus! Very touching entry…
    Greetings Aunt Marlene! : )
    That browned balsamic butter sounds good.
    Growing up, I used to pick asparagus in the wilderness myself, and those were quite skinnier than the ones I find in the grocery store now, so I seem to shy away from them.
    I must start buying them more; I really would love some asparagus right now!!!
    I make them sort of like a salad, just boiled, and then mixed with hard boiled eggs, and some oil salt, and maybe a bit of onion (if only the kids wouldn’t notice : )

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  2. Asparagus is my favourite thing about spring!

    That was a great entry...you are such a sweetheart.

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  3. Medena I buy asparagus every time I find it on sale! It is my favorite veggie!

    Carrie, you make me blush! I just have a really big heart I guess. I'm nothing but mush inside and care about everyone! Thanks :)

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  4. I made that similar asparagus recipe from AR, both today and a few days ago. I love the flavor!

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  5. I love that recipe too! I know I keep repeating myself, but that sauce is excellent on steaks as well. I need to go spend some time w/ my aunt. :o(

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  6. Beautiful photo HoneyB, and I love the story about you & your aunt. Sounds like one of those days you'll always remember.

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  7. I am always looking for new ways to cook asparagus. Thanks for the recipe!

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