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parmesan roasted asparagus

it has felt like my life is out of control busy the last couple weeks. who am i kidding - it has felt like that for awhile. there are many projects for work to complete, battling computer meltdown, staying on top of project 365 for picky photo, posting recipes and housework. what is it with laundry? as soon as i feel like i am caught up it seems to have multiplied. i just want a vacation - or at least a day or two off.

oh - i almost forgot - i also launched an etsy store last week for my photography after getting a couple requests to buy some of my photos. if you get a minute, i would love you to check it out and let me know what you think.

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i used to think of myself as one of the most organized and planned people i knew. i don't know if it is going to business for yourself or too many things on my plate that is causing my newfound ADD but it is making me mental.

the thing is i love everything i am doing - minus the housework. so how do you juggle it all and not completely suck at any area? i need answers people - quick!

one of the first things to go after a busy day is getting in the kitchen. this should probably be the last thing to go since it is my stress relief and sanctuary. but some days it just seems easier to call up the local restaurant and get some take out. i hate saying that out loud but it seems to be happening more and more. i figure if i say it outloud maybe i will quit it.

i think the idea of making an elaborate dinner makes me tired. i need to remind myself that simplicity can work well for dinner - especially making the things i love. preparing a couple side dishes and a great big mixed green salad is quick & simple. it is a goal of mine to think about that as an option for dinner before picking up the phone.

i am a bit surprised that i haven't posted this recipe before today. this is my go - to vegetable side dish. i love asparagus and when i start seeing the good asparagus at the market in the spring i get giddy. these parmesan roasted asparagus take minutes to prepare and the oven does the rest of the work for you. all you need is some olive oil, salt & pepper to go to work with the asparagus in the oven. you could stop there and they would be incredible but add some parmesan and lemon - look out. it really is a combination of flavors you will go back to time and time again.

parmesan roasted asparagus

parmesan roasted asparagus

makes about 4 servings  - 2 if you are really hungry
from Barefoot Contessa Family Style

1 bunch fresh asparagus (about 15 large)
olive oil
salt
freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan
2 lemons cut in wedges, for serving

Directions
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

parmesan roasted asparagus

parmesan roasted asparagus

If the stalks of the asparagus are thick, peel the bottom 1/2 of each. Lay them in a single layer on a sheet pan and drizzle with olive oil. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.

parmesan roasted asparagus

Roast for 15 to 20 minutes, until tender.

parmesan roasted asparagus

Sprinkle with the Parmesan and return to the oven for another minute. Serve with lemon wedges.

parmesan roasted asparagus



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