An easier way to trim asparagus: This tip has forever changed the way I prep asparagus. You see, the tall, skinny veggie knows no one likes eating its tough, woody ends. But instead of trying to line up a bunch of asparagus stalks and trimming them in a couple of rough chops, here is an easier (and more fun) way: Asparagus has a built-in trim point. Hold one stalk in your hand, then gently start to bend the bottom third of the stalk until you feel a natural breaking point. Then, just snap off the bottom. Sometimes, a good chunk of the stalk comes off, but that's okay — it's the part you wouldn't want to eat anyway.
Michelle Stark, Times food editor