Tips: To toast sesame seeds, spread in a shallow baking pan lined with parchment paper. Bake in a 350 degrees F oven about 5 minutes or until golden, shaking pan once or twice.
To quick chill vegetables: Many vegetables cook so quickly they can go from perfectly crisp-tender to limp in seconds. When serving vegetables chilled, as in the recipe above, its essential you stop the cooking process as soon as the vegetables are crisp-tender. To do this, quickly drain the vegetables, plunge them in a bowl of ice water, and let them stand until they're completely cold (asparagus takes about 1 minute). Then drain them, pat dry, and use as directed in recipes.