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Oven or Micro? 
May 15, 2010 12:38 pm 
Updated: May 19, 2010 3:57 am
I just had a bit of a chuckle, but having never put asparagus in the oven, perhaps should keep my trap shut until I have tried it...  Apologies, should I offend anyone, but here's my "point."

Some yrs ago I picked up an extremely old micro cookbook, which has become my "go-to" for QUICK.  Not being a chef, just self taught, cooking only for home, I began steaming veggies in the micro at least 10yrs ago.  Anyway, just looked at some older AR newsletters I had never gotton to, when a rec caught my eye for "Superfast Asparagus."  Intrigued, I clicked...  Trim ends, place on baking sheet, spray with cooking spray...  BAKE FOR 10-15MINS!  My method:  Trim ends, lay spears on shallow glass pan, splash of water, sprinkle of salt, cover with plastic, 2-3mins in micro.  Now I ask, while my method is obviously faster, does baking it give it a different texture?  Guess I began steaming in this way, to (hopefully) retain more nutrients of all of our veggies, including broccoli, cauliflower, carrots... the list goes on!  I haven't boiled ANY veggies (except spuds) in years, but do, however, "roast" root veggies when I have the "big oven" heated up, and sometimes in the "small oven," when I don't!  (toaster oven...)  Now the rec in question was posted last year, I think, at least the reviews I read were...  Perhaps there are still a few folk who don't have microwaves?  I find steaming them leaves them crisp tender, as I like them, but now that I'm into this blurb, a good friend likes to grill asparagus, guess that would be similar to baking/roasting...

Well, just wanted to put my thoughts out there regarding FAST...  more later, stay crazy (will keep the neighbors wondering what you're up to all the time!)
May 15, 2010 7:47 pm
I've used the micro, regular oven and grilling asparagus. IMO I think there is a difference between cooking methods. Micro gives you the crispness. Regular baking-have to be careful. Spears can wind up overcooking & becoming shriveled. Same with grilling; however if you are careful, the grilling gives a great flavor. Depends on your mood.
May 16, 2010 9:53 am
Thanks MB... guess habits make ruts (?) Will have to try alternatives sometime. Might get hooked on grilling tho' (lol)
May 17, 2010 4:39 am
I always roast asparagus in the oven. Tossed with a bit of olive oil, salt and pepper is so good! Asparagus is actually the only veggie that I roast exclusively because we love how it turns out and 15 minutes cooking doesn't bother me since it will probably take at least 15 minutes to get the rest of dinner ready. I've never cooked it in the microwave, but I do steam carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, brussels sprouts, peas, etc in the microwave. I even cook potatoes in the microwave a lot! This is a really good asparagus recipe that uses the oven if you are considering trying it: http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Baked-Asparagus-with-Balsamic-Butter-Sauce/Detail.aspx
May 17, 2010 4:47 am
good morning stevie, thanks so much for the recipe, i love it, hubby liked it ...odd for him to try something new...i like doing vegs in the mircowave, but hubby has to have a fried up vegie if he's going to eat it...so i fry his & mirco mine...i just like the tatse better...today i have to do some weeding...the rain is making them grow faster than i can pluck them out....ttyl
May 17, 2010 9:42 am
I use my micro whenever I can, as it's the easiest, quickest & cheapest way to get the foods cooked. I love steaming & like to mix some different veggies together, add seasonings & enjoy quckly.
May 18, 2010 11:42 am
wow stevie i just checked to see if there was more pic of the room & saw your pretty flowers....love them....ttyl judy
May 18, 2010 10:13 pm
Hey all, sorry for the absence... once again, just get preoccupied when the remodelling "diva," as sis once called me, is in action!! Don't do much myself, but still.. I think I may need to add one comment to this posting, that I just thought of.. being in the desert, when daytime hi's are often 100 and HOT, as I say, do believe that I began micro'ing more, just to keep the temp down in my kitchen, which (acutally) has NO WINDOWS! Also why the toaster oven is my first choice, should the meal take me that way! Shi, will have to try "roasting" sometime. Goodeats, is the "baby" a calico? Reminds me of Spice kitty! Judy, happy to send you the rec! Enjoy for a loooonnnng time! I like it, but try not to toss too much into the bowl, as it does get "old" after 3-4 meals! Neil is hoping to finish up tomorrow, so I will attempt to take some pics to post, before I start painting the "new room." LOVING IT, so far! Just need to get the junk back in there, rather in my din.rm. Take care, all, cook (or remodel)CRAZY!
May 19, 2010 3:57 am
good morning stevie...yes i recall when i lived there it would be about 100 by 8:00 a.m. then by 10:00 feeling pretty hot...once i left a drink cup in the car, the ice melted & the cup did too..water in my seat...ha ha & one time left the window down all night ....had sand in car next morning,man i would love to be back out there...maybe one day...hubby says we are coming out there next spring to find land to buy so we can park an rv on it when we are there, if we find land we will need a big rv because i will want to move there...lol...well i bought the small thing of pre cut watermellon for my salad (not being sure if i would have to eat it all) it ended up being just the right amount for that meal...love that...your house is lovely,i bet the new work is looking good,can't wait to see more pic's, i am doing something wrong on posting my pic's still..will have hope figure it out when she gets back from camp on the 10th...maybe i can get the pottery pics on here too...we keep on cooking/ remodling crazy...ttyl..judy
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About Me
Started cooking many years ago, and learned as I went. First meal may have been "steak & chips" at age 15, in Birmingham England, where I lived for several years. Mostly grew up in MI, transplanted to the desert 30yrs ago, or so. Favorite cookbook is "Better Homes", also enjoy "Great British Cooking, a well kept secret." Hesitate to call myself "expert," but friends do rave...
My favorite things to cook
Italian has been my "specialty" for some time, and my "signature" meal is Lasagne, salad, garlic bread, which I first made 20yrs ago... from SCRATCH, very first time I made it. (Never again, folks...) Now start with a big jar of sauce!
My favorite family cooking traditions
Thanks to my heritage, I have enjoyed trying foods from different cultures. We still have beer battered fish, and chips of course; ground meat dishes often, chicken occasionally, pork too. I would love to submit a bean dip recipe, however, my ex who gave me the original has passed, and I have no way to verify that it didn't come from another source! I also enjoy British cooking (with a few yankee twists) and once made Plum puddings, also known as Christmas puddings, as far as I know... what an ordeal that was, but well worth the effort. Today, there is mail order!
My cooking triumphs
Greatest triumph was not too long ago, when I held a sit down dinner for 12, Lasagne being the entree. It was a fund raiser I chose to sponsor, and am proud to say that "we" raised over $1000 from that meal alone, minimum donation being $25. All proceeds collected were donated; my partner and I provided the meal and beverages.
My cooking tragedies
MEATLOAF of all things! Went through a stage of "winging" it each time, and I pulled one after another out of the oven that were almost unedible. As yet, not too big on baking... no sweet tooth here! Have dabbled, but find doughs/pastries especially difficult, perhaps as it's 90 degrees in my kitchen much of the year.
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