This is a simple method to prepare asparagus - and it's delicious!
The asparagus is blanched for about a minute in a large skillet of boiling water. So to begin, get an appropriately sized skillet filled with water on the stove and start bringing that to boil. Rinse the asparagus and break off the woody stems.
Next, prepare the marinade:
3/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
1 clove garlic, peeled and chopped
salt and pepper
Blanche the asparagus in the boiling water for about a minute. Immediately plunge the asparagus into a bowl of cold water to stop the cooking.
Place the asparagus into a large plastic zip bag, add the marinade, and put the bag into the refrigerator for about four hours.
When you are ready to serve, grate some lemon zest over the asparagus and add a bit of fresh parsley.