Martha Len Nelson / Food

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Downtown heats up

Denton has become a hotbed of entertainment these days!

This weekend alone we have a choice to attend Music Theatre of Denton’s production of the always enjoyable Gypsy, with Maria Harris fabulous in the role of Mama Rose; or the 28th annual Texas Storytelling Festival in the Denton Civic Center; or a diverse offering of live music downtown.

For more information on Gypsy, call 940-382-1915. For information on storytellers, schedules and more, go to .

For music lovers of local music — including Brave Combo — go to Denton Radio on the Square. In its first year of presentation as an alternative to the hipper rock music of 35 Denton,’s festival offers a full schedule for the courthouse Square while bands blast away off Hickory Street until 2 a.m. A traffic warning: Avoid the Square or Industrial Street this weekend!

This month, known for its blustery winds and St. Patrick’s Day, made me think green, so today’s recipe is a different way to cook asparagus.

For years, I’ve trimmed and washed fresh asparagus then dropped it in boiling water, brought it back to a boil and boiled it for only one minute, then plunged it into ice water to immediately stop its cooking. This version is very good served cold as an appetizer on a buffet. Now, another method, which is better served warm.

Rosemary Asparagus

•  Fresh asparagus, any amount

•  2 or more fresh rosemary stems

•  Olive oil

•  Sea salt or kosher salt

•  Lawry’s Seasoned Pepper

•  Cavender’s Greek Seasoning

• Vegetable spray

Heat oven to 400 degrees. Spray a baking pan with vegetable spray.

Place asparagus spears in two lightly arranged layers, placing rosemary spears crosswise between the layers. (Two stems of rosemary should season one bunch of asparagus.)

Drizzle a small amount of olive oil across the top. Sprinkle with spices. Bake 10 minutes, or until just tender.

Note: An easy way to trim asparagus is to grasp it at mid-stem and at the bottom end, then break off the bottom end. This usually works perfectly.

MARTHA LEN NELSON can be contacted by calling her at 940-382-9597 or .


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