7.08.2008

Of a Certain Age

I've become one of THOSE women. You know them. Not young anymore, but, well, you know the type.

Today I had a doctor's appointment and she was reviewing the potential risks of a particular medication. She told me what "women of my age" sometimes experienced with this med.

Excuse me? Women of "my" age? I cannot possibly be in that category. I mean, I just graduated from high school...well, maybe college. I can remember it like it was yesterday. Yes, I have two children and have been married for nine years. And, ok, I didn't marry until I was almost 30, but...

Yes, I suppose I am, sigh, aging.

Ah, well...40 is the new 30, right? :)

Age aside, apparently my references to roasted asparagus and roasted green beans made some mouths water. I didn't really follow any recipes, per se, but I managed to create a couple. Feel free to adjust them at will! They're both quite tasty!

Garlic-Lemon Roasted Green Beans

Approximately 2 lbs fresh green beans (I actually use the thin frozen green beans from Aldi--almost as good as fresh!)

5 good sized cloves of garlic, peeled

4 slices of fresh lemon

1-2 tablespoons olive oil (I prefer extra-virgin)

Heat oven to 300. Place green beans in oven-safe baking dish and mix with olive oil. Coat beans as much as possible. Place lemon slices and garlic cloves on top of beans. I usually grind some fresh sea salt on the top as well. Roast for twenty minutes or so, then use tongs to mix up the beans, garlic and lemon. Roast again until tips of beans are crispy and brown, and the garlic cloves are nice and soft.

Balsamic Sugar Roasted Asparagus

1-2 lbs of fresh asparagus, rough ends snapped

Balsamic Vinegar (or a balsamic vinegar/oil blend)

Approximately 1 tablespoon Raw Sugar

Heat oven to 300. Place asparagus in oven-safe dish. Generously drizzle with balsamic vinegar. Sprinkle LIGHTLY with raw sugar. Note that you may not use the entire tablespoon. You just want a hint of sweetness, and the sugar will carmelize in the oven. Roast for approximately 20-30 minutes until the flowery tips of the asparagus are crispy.

I'm all about summer veggies. Hope you enjoy these! Would love to hear if you try them.

4 comments:

mytudorhouse said...

hmm I never thought of using lemon juice and olive oil on green beans - thanks for the tip :-)

Amy

Midge said...

I am glad I caught this, we are planning on making asparagus tonight!

Elizabeth said...

oh that asparagus sounds delicious! have to try that one.

i found you over at sara's life at the parsonage. LOVED your comment about matching manimal's shirt to his red markered legs...best comment of the day IMO!

Sasha said...

Yes, I am fast approaching the mid-to-late 30s and although age has never bothered me before, I am realizing it's been a few years since I graduated..... I'm just not that cool anymore!