earlier this week i needed to whip up a quick dinner for phillip and myself. we’d already done some serious work on my mom’s famous chicken tortilla soup, so i was in the mood for something summer-y and easy. i knew bratwursts were a good choice along with some velveeta shells and cheese. i needed something a bit healthy to go on the plate, though, so, in a moment of inspiration, i decided asparagus would be an excellent idea. it’s one of those vegetables i don’t usually prepare too often for myself but very much enjoy whenever i have it with my meal.
after a quick trip to publix, i got home, lopped off the rough ends of each piece, and lined them up nicely on a foil-covered cookie sheet. i coated them with some olive oil, salt, and pepper and then popped them into the 425 degree oven for about 10 minutes. it was just enough time to get them crisp and crunchy, avoiding that soggy, chewy texture that no one likes in their asparagus!
the oven beeped loudly to announce that its job was done, and after setting the tray on the countertop, i kind of stood and admired what was before me. okay, maybe admired is the wrong word to use here, but the beautiful color of this natural food that had come from the earth almost mesmerized me. i mean, sure, i love a good processed and pre-packaged guilty pleasure just as much as the next foodie, but every now and then i eat something so simple and fresh and flavorful that i just have to stop and appreciate the moment. join me, won’t you?