RECIPE: Rachael Ray’s Zesty Roasted Broccolini

12/15/2015 at 12:25 AM ET

Rachael Ray's Roasted Broccolini
Frances Janisch; Inset: Dave Kotinsky/Getty

“This may be my favorite roasted vegetable because I love nuts,” Ray says.  “Roasting crisps the edges of the florets of broccoli or broccolini, giving them an especially nutty flavor.”

Rachael Ray’s Zesty Roasted Broccolini
1 large bunch broccoli, or 2 bunches broccolini, trimmed of tough ends
4 large cloves garlic, smashed
Olive oil, for drizzling
1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (optional)
1 lemon, halved

1. Preheat the oven to 425°F.

2. Cut the broccoli lengthwise into spears (with the florets still on) and use a vegetable peeler to trim the leaves and woody portion of the stems.

3. Drizzle the broccoli spears and garlic with oil, just enough to coat lightly, and toss. Spread on a baking sheet. Sprinkle with red pepper flakes (if using) and season with salt and black pepper. Place the lemon halves cut side down on the baking sheet.

4. Roast until the florets are crispy, about 25 minutes. Douse the broccoli with the juice of the roasted lemon and serve.

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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

Whatever the discomfort and despite the problem of Saturday night feverishness, discomaniacs report one major advantage of the plastic pants: no laundry bills. To keep Berliner’s see-through jeans clear, all the wearer needs is a little Windex.

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