Spring has sprung. Sure, I live in LA, where a sunny day could just as easily mean December as it could April. People are always exhibiting various degrees of suntan (usually related to their house’s proximity to the beach), and flip flops are a year round fashion statement. Fortunately, I like to frequent the farmers’ markets (particularly the Hollywood Farmer’s Market, which I think is the best farmer’s market in Los Angeles), and the signs of spring are unmistakeable. Strawberries are a big tip off, trucked in from Oxnard, and so are the lilacs that are only around for the early birds. The very first tomatoes are appearing, but the vegetable that says “spring” to me is asparagus. The thin and tender stalks are all over the market.
Now, I love steamed asparagus with a little hollandaise, or roasted asparagus with olive oil, but sometimes I just don’t feel like going to the effort that steaming and roasting require. (And don’t ask me why it seems like a big deal to turn on the oven or dig out the two part steamer, but it does). That’s where pan sauteeing comes in. You don’t need a special asparagus cooker or a hot oven. Just a skillet, a little butter, and some quick knife work, and you have a dish fit for a king. The asparagus stay bright green and tendercrisp, with the flavor being undimmed by high heat roasting and undiluted by water. I like to add some leeks for a mellow oniony bite — the combination is really fantastic. Topped with some curls of sharp and grainy parmiggiano, this dish is simple, quick and delicious.
- 2-3 bunches asparagus
- 2 leeks
- 1 T butter
- a little parmigiano reggiano, for garnish
- Cut the tips off the asparagus and the roots and greens off the leeks, leaving about an inch of green on the leeks.
- Wash the leeks thoroughly and slice lengthwise, then thinly slice each half. Cut the asparagus into a rough chop, leaving the asparagus tips intact.
- Melt butter in a saute pan, Add the leeks and asparagus and a pinch of salt, and cook over medium heat, stirring frequently, until the vegetables are tender.
- Serve garnished with curls of parmesan.
My current favorite cookbook is Ad Hoc at Home – but my favorites change on on a monthly basis, I think.
Ah, it will be a while before we get asparagus (we grow our own).
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My favorite cookbook is Williams-Sonoma’s “Simple Classics.” Everything I’ve made so far has been perfect, including my very first roasted chicken.
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My favorite cookbook at the moment is Madhur Jaffrey’s An Invitation to Indian Cooking. I’ve had it for forever, but only recently mustered up the courage to try some of the really fantastic recipes in it.
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While researching the matzo ball piece, I came across Arthur Schwartz’s Jewish Home Cooking. I read it cover to cover.
My favorite cookbook is David Lebovitz’ The Perfect Scoop. Yes, I’m embarrassed that it’s all about ice cream, but I have made a dozen recipes from here and all but two have been completely amazing (not just good, amazing), and I have more than a dozen on my list to try. How many cookbooks have track records like that?
California Pizza Kitchen Cookbook. I don’t actually make many of the recipes; they’re all so complex. But I love drooling over the pictures…Pizza just happens to be my favorite food.
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Right now, my favorite cookbook is TK’s Ad Hoc at Home; it’s what the RGBistro wants to be when it grows up. 😉 [K]
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my favorite cookbook is “cooking for mr. latte”
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I’m an RSS subscriber! And I’ll have to get back to you about my favorite cookbook.
a little boring but my fav cookbook is ad hoc. challenging and tasty.
Fannie Farmer. definitely.
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These days, my favorite cookbook is the Herbal Kitchen by Jerry Traunfeld. It’s from the chef at a local restaurant (The Herbfarm) that I want to go to but haven’t yet. Lots of great ways to use the herbs I like to grow!
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Hard to choose a favorite cookbook, but I am very fond of Mario Batali’s Molto Italiano. The photos are beautiful and the recipes I’ve attempted thus far have all come out pretty dang tasty. Runner up? Ina Garten’s Barefoot in Paris.
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Favorite cookbook is … this is hard! Um, ok Mark Bittman’s How to Cook Everything Vegetarian. Thanks for the contest!
I’m definately a Cali girl, so I’m going with “The Los Angeles Times California Cookbook “. It has all the Cali flavors I love! Thanks for the awesome giveaway!!!
I’m definately a Cali girl, so I’m going with “The Los Angeles Times California Cookbook “. It has all the Cali flavors I love! Thanks for the awesome giveaway!!!
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My favorite cookbook so far is the Bread Bakers Apprentice by Peter Reinhart. Man is a genius with breads. But I only own like 3 cookbooks, so not a lot to choose from. :p
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This is an obscure choice, but my favorite cookbook has to be The Georgian Feast by Darra Goldstein. Georgia-the-country has some incredible food, though of course it just doesn’t taste the same in recreation.
My favorite “cookbook” isn’t one with actual recipes, instead it lists an ingredient and all of the appropirate flavor pairings for it. It is called The Flavor Bible and it is magical.
Hrmmm. I learned how to cook from a combo of my mom and the Better Homes and Gardens New Cookbook, so I’ll go with that out of nostalgia.
This looks delicious! I’m jealous of those slender and tender leeks, our farmer’s market is still over a month away!
My favorite cookbook at the moment is the Everyday Food cookbooks by Martha Stewart. They are well put together, have great pictures, and fool-proof recipes. I’ve worked my way through the first one (which is organized by seasons…something I love since I like to cook seasonally) and just bought the 2nd one. They are excellent!
Mmm this looks lovely and possibly a contender for the Easter side dish parade!
I must say I am on a Il Viaggio di Vetri: A Culinary Journey by Marc Vetri kick myself. One can never have enough pasta, savory custards, or beautiful pictures.
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my favorite cookbook is Chez Panisse Vegetables by Alice Waters.
I’ve been obsessed with Suzanne Goin’s Sunday Suppers at Lucques. It’s my new favorite cookbook because the recipes are delicious and just challenging enough to keep them interesting without being overwhelming.
You are so right! Asparagus is most certainly a sign of Spring! And like you, I get to enjoy those Oxnard Strawberries. They are the best! I live pretty close to Oxnard, so we here really get them fresh from the farms.
Currently (it changes) my favorite cookbook is How to Cook Everything Vegetarian by M. Bittman.
All this cooking and baking means I NEED to eat more veggies 😉
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Favorite cookbook? Yikes, that’s a hard one. Right now it’s “The New Book of Middle Eastern Food”
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Happy Spring and Happy Easter
Baking Without Eggs. Thanks for the giveaway!
My fav cookbook is Vegetarian Cooking For Everyone by Deborah Madison.
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Wow Le Creuset in the SS buisness, guess they found they were missing a niche, but they are top notch when it comes to their pans. I expect no less either. Asparagus is one of the healthiest green vegetables you can eat, so thanks for this little recipe.
My favorite cookbook is One Bite Won’t Kill You by Ann Hodgman. It’s geared toward making food that children will eat, but it’s filled with humor and great recipes!
I love asparagus. And you have such tender little leeks! Looks delicious!
Any of my Cook’s Illustrated books – recipes have always all come out great.
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Favorite cooking/recipe source right now is your blog! Hmmm, guessing that does not influence the random number generator.
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My favorite cookbook is “Morning Fires, Evening Lights: The Marlboro Country Cookbook”.
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Favourite cookbook of the moment is Tender, A Cook & His Vegetable Patch by Nigel Slater. It has great recipes and growing advice for both Asparagus and Leeks.
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favorite cookbook…that’s a tough one. i do love joy of cooking for all the basics and info.
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My favorite cookbook right now (it’s always changing) is vegetarian cooking for everyone by Deborah Madison. It has been very helpful as I’m trying to incorporate more veggies in my diet!
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I’d have to go with either Charcuterie (I love sausage-making) or Ratio.
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my favorite cookbook is nourishing traditions by sally fallon and i love asparagus…I am making this easter sunday, thanks for the recipe and chance to win a pan i soooo need!
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Finally picked my favorite cookbook! The Complete Italian Vegetarian Cookbook by Jack Bishop.
Mmm, leeks and asperagus are two of my favorite things!… My favorite cookbook? That’s a toughie. I must say Joy of Cooking, I don’t make anything straight from there but I do it as a springboard.
I don’t have a favorite cookbook just yet. I admit, I get almost all of my recipes from blogs or recipe websites.
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Oh wow, a stainless steel Le Creuset sounds impossibly amazing. I am so exciting, foaming at the mouth actually 🙂 Well my favorite cookbook as of the moment, as it changes so often, is The Modern Baker by Nick Malgieri. His techniques and photography are so accessible and lovely, nearly foolproof.
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I just picked up yet another bunch of asparagus. I swear, I could eat the stuff all day long, but I think roasting is absolute easiest way to eat them. Love this pan sauteed version. Adding it to the list…I bet it would be amazing with an egg on top!
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Oh I forgot to mention my favorite cookbook. I have almost every page marked for simple delicious meals. Barefoot Contessa Family Style. I use all of her books constantly, but this one in particular gets most of the attention. My family got hooked on Provencal Tomatoes
My favorite cookbook right now is Jamie Oliver’s (all of them). Especially because of his current Food Revolution.
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My favorite cookbook (at the moment) is Barefoot Contessa back to basics! 🙂 Hope to win
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My favorite cookbook is my trusty Martha Stewart Classics. Can’t beat the basics!
Right now, my favorite cookbook is the Best of America’s Test Kitchen 2010. Lots of great recipes!
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Joy of Cooking. 🙂
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My favorite is Sylvia’s cookbook from Sylvia’s Restaurant in Harlem NY.
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My favorite cookbook… I have sooo many, but right now I’ll pick Simple essentials chocolate from Donna Hay. Love the recipes and pictures!
Thanks for the opportunity to win that great pan! I am a fan of Le Creuset also. My favorite cookbook by far is the Lee Bros. Southern Cookbook.
My favorite cookbook is Cooks Illustrated Baking
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And N’s favorite cookbook is Moosewood cooks at home
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I have to try this…it looks so good.
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My favorite cookbook is my own! I print out recipe from the internet and organize them in binders using clear plastic sheets and tabs.
As for a real cook book, I love the blue Martha Stewart one, the New Classics
Beautifully simple recipe, love it!
I think my favorite cook book is Joy of Cooking, not really because of the recipes, but the information and resources.
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Its so difficult to pick a favorite cookbook, there are so many good ones! But one I go to very often is The Bread Bible by Rose Levy Beranbaum. I use it to turn out the weekly (heavenly) bread!
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I’ve actually been finding a lot more recipes online lately – via Tasty Kitchen, All Recipes, Epicurious and assorted blogs.
I love asparagus, but it doesn’t come in season until early May up here. Thankfully, my ILs have a huge asparagus patch, and we always get three or four bag fulls from them.
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Favorite cookbook- that’s too hard to pick, but the cookbook that I have been using the most right now is Jack Bishop’s Year in a Vegetarian Kitchen.
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I love Sue Gregg cookbooks but also like Nourishing Traditions.
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My favorite cookbook currently is Real Cooking by Nigel Slater, I just got it so haven’t tried any recipes yet, but everything looks mouthwatering!
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I tend to get a lot of my recipes online and don’t use cookbooks too much. I have my grandmothers recipe file that I love to use.
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My latest favorite cookbook is Martha Stewart Entertaining because I am getting ready to cater a wedding in a few weeks. No one does fancy food for crowds like Martha!
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