I know how to cook broccoli Rabe!!!
I can finally help someone on this site!! Woo Hoo!! (very sad, I'm easily excited....but we won't go there)
Bring a pot of water to a boil. Add 2 tbs of salt and drop in Broccoli Rabe. Let it sit for less than a minute. Drop into an ice bath to stop the cooking. This step will help remove some of the bitterness.
Now, heat 2 tbs olive oil in a saute pan. Add 1 garlic clove or if your not shy about garlic breath add two or three. To me, the more the better. Who cares, you and your fiance will both have garlic breath. Add Broccoli Rabe and saute 2-3 minutes until heated through.
Add some toasted pine nuts and grated parmesan at the very end. Viola! YUMMO!!!
For Asparagus, you can oven roast them. I take mushrooms, asparagus, and any other veggie and roughly chop. (you can leave whole, too) Put in a bowl and drizzle with olive oil. Chop some fresh rosemary and mix in w/ the veggies. Add some salt and pepper and mix to coat. Put on a baking sheet and bake at 375* for 40 minutes. Be sure to flip after 20 minutes. Enjoy!
During the summer or weather you don't mind grilling in, prepare the asparagus by snapping off the hard ends. They will naturally snap where they are supposed to! Keep whole and use the same olive oil and rosemary technicque above. Grill on a meduim heat until tender. These are awesome!!!