Saturday, March 03, 2012
Haven't posted lately. Dad died, after a week in the hospital where he wasn't expected to last the first day. If you've ever been through a death in the immediate family, you know how much is involved in dealing with the funeral, the relatives, the visitors, the callers, the details, etc. Let alone the grief and family dynamics! Things have calmed down now. The funeral's over, everyone but me is gone (I'll be here til about the end of March), and I'm taking this weekend off from doing estate legal and financial stuff. So I'll get back to my low carb budget meals and so forth.
A couple of the stores around here have asparagus for 99 cents a pound. That's still a bit expensive for a vegetable, but it's so good that it's worth a splurge. Try to get a bunch that is all the same thickness. I like it nice and think, others like it pencil thin. It's up to you. Just try to get them all the same thickness. Bend one stalk until it breaks. That will tell you how much needs to be taken off because it's too tough. Then cut as many stalks as you're going to cook the same legnth from the tip. You can lay them out in a large skillet in just a bit of water and steam them for just a minute or two until they are bright green and tender. Or you can cut them into 1" legnths and boil them in water until bright green and tender (my mother's way). Or, my favorite, is to cut them in 1" legnths and stir fry them in butter. Or stir fry them in a bit of oil and then toss with soy sauce, oil, and sesame seeds.