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I love the local markets in downtown Phoenix! Here’s a quick fix that’s especially good when there’s warmer weather (I know it’s February, but it’s been 75-80 degrees here).

What you’ll need:

  • 3 tomatoes (I used orange from the fresh market – use what you have/want)
  • 6-7 spears of asparagus, trimmed and cut into fourths
  • olive oil
  • lemon pepper
  • garlic salt
  • fresh lemon
  1. Bring water to boil in a small pot (just enough to cover the asparagus pieces)
  2. Add the asparagus pieces and cook just until fork tender (3-5 minutes) & drain
  3. Dice the tomatoes into medium size pieces
  4. Mix tomatoes, asparagus pieces and seasonings in a small bowl.
  5. Toss with 1-2 tablespoons olive oil & fresh squeezed lemon juice
  6. Serve!

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I was a picky eater as a kid. Ask my mom – she has proof via home videos! I’m surprised I have the palate I do after surviving solely on macaroni and cheese and hotdogs for so many years.

Downtown Phoenix has a great outdoor market on Wednesdays that I often go to and last week there were fresh Brussels sprouts. I couldn’t remember if I had ever tried them before, but they looked too good to pass up.

I bought a bagful to take home, not sure really what to do with them. I asked around at work and looked online for suggestions. I decided to wing it only to discover I actually really like this little cabbage-like veggie.

Here’s how I cooked ’em:

  • Cut the stems off and halve the sprouts.
  • Remove any yellow/discolored leaves.
  • Coarsely chop 2-3 cloves of fresh garlic.
  • Heat a little bit of olive oil & butter in a small skillet/pan
    (I used probably 1/2 tablespoon of each).
  • Add the sprouts, cover and let steam/cook 10 minutes or until tender.
  • Add salt and pepper & serve warm!


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