Roasted Asparagus

I grew up a city girl, born and raised in Southern California and a lover of the beach.  While my mom was a good cook, I didn’t grow up on a lot of fresh food.  Especially fresh vegetables.  When my mom cooked, vegetables were usually canned.

When I was a teenager I had a girlfriend who had twin older brothers and I kinda had a crush on them.   Okay, I had a huge crush on them.  I could easily tell them apart and thought that they were both pretty cute.

So you might be asking,what do teenage boys have to do with fresh food?

Roasted Asparagus ∣

Well, one time I was visiting my friend at her house and it was coming close to dinner time.  My friend’s mother asked one of the twin boys to start peeling the potatoes for dinner.

It wasn’t a chore that he wanted to do and he did some grumbling about it.

Being the kind, thoughtful (boy crazy) person that I was, I volunteered to help him peel the potatoes.

Great move, don’t you think?

How romantic.

Me and my boy crush standing side by side (maybe our shoulders would even touch!) at the kitchen sink.

Peeling Potatoes. (Major Swoony Sigh)

He gave me a peeler and then I made a fatal mistake.

I asked him how to peel a potato.  Because I had never done it before.  Whenever we had mashed potatoes at home, they were always instant potatoes.  He couldn’t believe that I had never peeled potatoes before and proceeded to tease me unmercifully for the rest of the night.  I’m sure that I turned 27 shades of red and saw my chances of getting a date with him, slipping through my potato-juiced fingers.

Nowadays, I make mashed potatoes with real potatoes.  And I also love fresh vegetables. Like this Roasted Asparagus that I pinned from Rufus’ Food and Spirits Guide.

Making this dish may not get you a date, but it is fabulous just the same.  Using fresh asparagus, the recipe is quick and easy with great results.

I think this would go perfectly with a side dish of mashed potatoes….just sayin’.

This Pin Rocks!

Roasted Asparagus
Recipe type: Vegetables
  • 2 lbs of fresh asparagus (I bought mine at Costco)
  • 4 Tbsp olive oil
  • 4 cloves minced garlic
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • ⅓ cup Parmesano Reggiano cheese
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Cut the large, wooden ends off of the asparagus and lay in a single layer in a 9x13 baking dish. In a small bowl, combine olive oil and lemon juice then pour over asparagus. Toss asparagus to coat well and then arrange them in a single layer again. Sprinkle on minced garlic. Then sprinkle with Parmesano Reggiano cheese and any salt and pepper as desired. Roast in oven for about 20 minutes or until the desired cooked softness is achieved.
  3. Best when served hot.





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  1. LOL, Debbie, your story made me laugh and blush at the same time. We didn’t have a lot of fresh fruits and veggies in our house either and by the time I went to university I didn’t know how to cook or prep fresh food. I didn’t even learn how to cook until I was married! There were many embarrassing moments in the kitchen with friends and family but I like to think I’ve made up for it by now. And I can’t stand the sight of canned veggies! lol
    Thanks for the recipe and fun story. Have a great day.

    • Robyn you are my newest favorite person! haha I’ve since recovered from my lack of potato peeling prowess AND canned vegetables! Thanks so much for your kind comment. It truly made my day. Deb – The Oldest Sister

  2. Lissa Rogers says:

    Happy Mother’s Day, my dear kindred friend. This time of the year always reminds me of you holding up a little baby girl in lavender ruffles. It was at that moment that Mother’s Day became the worst holiday in my life, to the day I celebrate the joy and blessings and privelege of being a mom! Love you for that! Things are still crazy settling into our home in Cedar City but we are getting closer all the time. One of these days I am going to wander up north and we need to have lunch! Hope all is well. Love you tons, Lissa

    • Dearest Lissa, I too can never experience a Mother’s Day without reminiscing about that day 28 years ago (can you believe that?!) and going through it with my eternal friend! I would seriously do back flips if you drove up so we could do lunch and if I’m down that way, I will definitely let you know.

      Let’s do it!


  3. Lissa Rogers says:

    typo = mothers day went from the worst holiday….

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