I am kind of assuming everyone knows this but I just learned this tonight. I am 33 yrs old and I just learned this. (shakes head) And of course I learned it from my sister and she informed me that our mother taught her...which means she probably taught me but I was probably day dreaming or something at the time... (shakes head again)
Once you buy your asparagus and bring it home and get ready to cook it...
Take 2 or 3 stalks at a time and gently "bend" them near the bottom...the bottom of the asparagus will then break off at a natural breaking point. The remainder top part of the asparagus is ready for you to cook up however you like.
This eliminates that tough bottom of the asparagus that is soooo hard to eat.
Seriously people. How did I not know this before?!
PS. I read in an etiquette book once that asparagus is the only veggie you can eat with your fingers and it is not considered rude.
How we cooked it tonight:
Covered the bottom of the pan in Olive Oil
Put the Asparagus in and toss it in the Olive Oil until they are covered.
Cook till they look good. We made ours really al-dente (is that a pasta word or can I use it on asparagus?).
*depending on the thickness of your asparagus the cooking times will vary...ours were really thin and didn't take long at all
About half way through add cut up Honeyed Almonds (I had some in a pouch already cut up from the grocery store)
At the very last we added diced tomatoes (minus the seeds/slimy part) in and gently cooked them for a minute or two...long enough to warm them up.
Add salt and pepper to taste.
I have to say...this was A-Maze-ing!
I hope you try it and I hope you learned something new too!