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Making Mommy Happy 
May 11, 2009 10:46 am 
Updated: May 18, 2009 7:28 pm
My favorite way to spend Mother’s Day is by playing in the dirt. And why not? The apple tree is blooming, the peonies are leafing out, the herb garden is filling in, and the ferns and hostas are almost completely unfurled. So working in my garden is pure pleasure for me. Therefore I’m not interested in being pulled away for a Mother’s Day dinner in a crowded restaurant, no matter how much my family thinks that’s what Mommy wants.  But since I’m the cook in the family, I still have to deal with the Mother’s Day meal.
Steaks on the grill? Easy. And for the vegetables, I let the oven do the work.
Roasted Asparagus and Cherry Tomatoes
Asparagus, trimmed
Cherry tomatoes
Olive oil
Coarse salt
Freshly ground pepper
  • Heat oven to 400 degrees F
  • Place asparagus and tomatoes on a rimmed baking pan. Pour a little olive oil over, sprinkle with salt and pepper, and toss vegetables to coat.
  • When the steaks come off the grill and are resting, put the vegetables in the oven. Roast for 4 minutes, shake the pan, then roast for 3 or 4 more minutes.
Done. The asparagus is crisp on the inside and tender on the outside, and the cherry tomatoes are juicy, hot, and sweet. This easy side dish is fancy enough for Sunday dinner and so simple that it hardly feels like cooking.
Sometimes the simplest things make us the happiest.
What's your simple pleasure in life? I'd love to hear it.
Thanks for the visit, and happy cooking!
Roasted Asparagus with Cherry Tomatoes
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May 11, 2009 2:13 pm
Happy Mother's Day! Roasted asparagus is wonderful stuff!
May 11, 2009 2:42 pm
Thanks Rachael. Fresh, in season asparagus is one of the great pleasures of springtime, don't you think?
May 11, 2009 2:45 pm
Oh my goodness, those veggies look delish! I wish we had asparagus, I'd make them tonight!
May 11, 2009 10:52 pm
I do my asparagus and tomatoes exactly the same way, only I have a grill pan that goes on the outdoor BBQ with the small holes in it. Try that sometime with the olive oil, salt and pepper and grill quickly over the fire for about 8 minutes total. Little squeeze of lemon. Oh my. Absolutely the best.
May 12, 2009 7:22 am
Your picture is beautiful!...and I bet that asparagus tasted even better. Happy Mother's Day foodelicious!
May 12, 2009 7:51 am
Hi Avon and blancdeblanc. I do love grilled vegetables! Somehow they just taste sweeter and richer. I do have a pan for the outdoor grill, but I can't get my husband to use it. It's too shiny and new. *Sigh* I think he was the same way about his toys when he was a kid. He grew up to be an architect...does that explain any of that behavior? I think so.
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