Asparagus! Steak is always better with asparagus!
I could not agree more! The friend who initiated the impromptu "saving buvezdevin from herself" is known for his roasted asparagus with Parmesan (which I have liberally copied for dinners for boyfriend and myself).
I guess my dilemma is, when we have friends over for dinner, we tend to either grill out, with side salads and apps made in advance or also grilled, or have a more formal dinner party where I like to have some more elaborate dishes (I love to play in the kitchen, not afraid of trying new things).
I don't want this dinner to be "formal" - I want everyone to relax, enjoy good food, wine and company before plunging back into the work week. But, due to my great appreciation of the special effort these friends made for me - I would like to have something new or special to serve. We have often shared meals at each others homes, all are good cooks, and by now - we also recognize or copy some dishes amongst ourselves.
So - I am totally with you, SamiHami about asparagus - do you, or others have a special way you like to prepare it, or sauce?
There are dishes, or general ideas I have used/applied for years, and then I have read something here which gave me new insight or a great new approach - and really changed, for the better, what i had long done without much reflection (true for many things, but also true for food and recipes). I am most humbly, and appreciatively open to all suggestions.