Do not walk, RUN to buy the April 2007 Cook's Illustrated. It has terrific reipes in it this month. There are wonderful variations on pan-roasted asparagus that are delicious and easy. I will be making them all summer: asparagus with goat cheese and red peppers, asparagus with onion and bacon, asparagus with olives. YUM! There is also a recipe for brown suger cookies that is good enough to make you weep. I tend to think that cookies are better w/ chocolate or icing, but these cookies are so delicious that they require neither accoutrement. The secret ingredient is browned butter.
I hadn't browned butter before. At least not on purpose! Once melted, it turns brown in only a minute or so. The "burnt" butter is a gorgeous, caramel color and it has a nice nutty, caramel flavor. I love it! It really makes these cookies. The cookie dough is wonderful. Maybe next time I won't even bake them!