Asparagus is one of the most loved veggies, with a mellow and delicious flavor that uniquely says spring. A favorite way to enjoy it is to pick and eat it right there in the garden. Those spears surviving a trip to the house are equally wonderful whether steamed, sauteed, roasted, or added (at the last minute) to a stew. However you choose to prepare it, don't overcook. Asparagus is best while the spears are tender but still firm. Here is a recipe for roasting it.
Extra-virgin olive oil
Freshly ground pepper
(optional) Balsamic vinegar
(optional) Parmesan cheese for grating