It is often said that simple is better, and with cooking food I totally agree. Tonight I made asparagus with caramelized shallots, balsamic vinegar, extra virgin olive oil and toasted pine nuts. Just a few ingredients quickly put together and it's ready. The asparagus is sauteed in olive oil until just cooked but still with some crunch to it. The shallots are sliced thin and also cooked in olive oil till soft and starting to turn golden in color. A splash of balsamic vinegar over the top of the asparagus, and a scatter of pine nuts give it a nutty flavor and it's ready.