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Asparagus
Fresh - Steamed

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Every spring, we find asparagus on sale in the supermarkets in our town and in the surrounding communities where we shop.  They have large displays of rubber banded bunches standing in aluminum pans containing about a half inch of water to keep the spears fresh.

We look for the smaller and most tender spears, but even them, we have found that in almost every bunch, there will be one or two spears that are a little "woody" in the bottom portion of the stem.  If the spear does have some "woody" portion, it is usually in the white part at the bottom of the spear, which can be seen on three spears in the picture to the left, but it is not always the case; the white portion can also be tender, so we usually don't throw this portion away.

Preparation

Before removing the rubber bands, cut off the bottom 1/2 inch of the spears. Then the rubber bands are removed and the spears are soaked in a sink of cold water while the cleaning process continues.  Individually inspect each spear and remove any dirt or sand that remains.  Place the spears in a vegetable steamer or in a covered microwave baking dish.

Cooking time is generally under 5 minutes per pound in a microwave set on "high".  Cook until tender (as pictured above).  If the spears get long creases they are being overcooked. 

Enjoy!  We enjoy asparagus as a main course served with a salad, or as a side dish.

The above recipe is in keeping with God's creation intent (Genesis 1:29-31):  'Then God said, "I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food.  And to all the beasts of the earth and all the birds of the air and all the creatures that move on the ground-- everything that has the breath of life in it-- I give every green plant for food." And it was so.   God saw all that he had made, and it was very good.' (NIV)  Let no animal suffer or die that we may live! (d-3)

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