Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Parchment Paper Asparagus & a Giveaway!!!

Happy week after Thanksgiving! I decided to take a few days off blogging to enjoy family and the "break" I have from school. I hope you have all done the same and relished the beginning to this wonderful holiday season. I want to start it off right with what else but a great recipe and a giveaway!

I was lucky enough to get an e-mail from the incredibly sweet Brette Sember asking if I would like to try some recipes from and review her creation The Parchment Paper Cookbook. Seeing as how I had never cooked with parchment paper I happily agreed! I am so glad I did because serving these rustic little packages of food gives any meal a special touch.
The first recipe I chose to make was Open Sesame Asparagus and I have quite a few more bookmarked for family dinners. It was delicious, I love asparagus and the Asian flare in this recipe was perfect.

Adapted from The Parchment Paper Cookbook
1 bunch asparagus, washed and trimmed
1 tbsp low sodium soy sauce
1/2 tsp dark sesame oil
 1 large pinch of toasted sesame seeds
~20 inch piece of parchment paper

Preheat oven to 400F
Mix soy sauce and sesame oil together
Put asparagus in middle of parchment paper and pour soy sauce mixture over asparagus, sprinkle with sesame seeds and fold parchment paper into a closed package
Put on a cookie sheet and bake in oven for 15 minutes until asparagus is tender

Servings 4
Per serving 25 calories

The cookbook comes with very easy to follow directions on how to fold your parchment paper packets and all the recipes include nutrition facts, which I love of course. Even though some of the recipes aren't vegetarian they are easy to work with and have great flavor. See below for how to enter and win this great book just in time for the holidays!

To enter do any of the following and leave a separate comment for each entry:

1. Like my page on Facebook by clicking here or the Facebook icon to the right

2. Tweet about this giveaway with a link back here or @cookingncollege

3. Follow me on Twitter: here or the Twitter icon below

4. Become a new follower of my blog or let me know you are already one

5. Mention this giveaway in your next blog post or on your Facebook with a link back to here

I will announce the winners on Wednesday December 7th

Update: I apologize for not mentioning this earlier but this giveaway is only open to the U.S. I hope I will be able to have an international giveaway sometime soon! Sorry to all of my foreign friends.

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