Asparagus In Vinaigrette
I learned how to make this dish while living in France. It is so easy and tasty!
2 Pounds Trimmed Fresh Asparagus
1 Minced Garlic Clove
1/3 Cup Olive Oil
2 Tablespoons Fresh Lemon Juice
¾ Teaspoon Salt
¼ Fresh Ground Pepper
Place trimmed asparagus in a steamer basket. Place in a saucepan over 1 inch of water and bring to a boil. Cover and steam for 6 to 8 minutes or until crisp and tender. Do not overcook! Rinse with cold water and drain well. Set aside.
In a small bowl whisk together olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, salt and pepper. Pour over asparagus and toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate until chilled. Makes a great side dish. Serves 8
½ Cup (1 Stick) Softened Butter
1 Cup Firmly Packed Brown Sugar
1 Tablespoon Vanilla Extract
2 Cups Unbleached Flour
1/3 Cup Cocoa Powder
1 Teaspoon Baking Powder
1 Teaspoon Baking Soda
½ Teaspoon Salt
1 Cup Buttermilk (or Sour Milk)
Whoopie Filling (Below)
Heart Shaped Pan
Preheat oven to 350° F. Grease and flour heart pan. If you don’t have a heart pan you can use whatever cake pan you like and improvise.
In a large bowl, beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add egg and vanilla. Beat until well combined. In another bowl, sift together the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Add half the dry ingredients into the butter mixture and mix until dry ingredients are almost incorporated. Stop mixing and add the buttermilk. Continue to mix until all ingredients are almost incorporated. Stop mixing and add the remaining dry ingredients. Mix until just combined. Pour the batter in the prepared pan and bake for about 40 minutes or until center springs back when gently pushed. Remove cake from oven and cool for 5 minutes, then remove from pan and cool completely on a wire rack.
To assemble cut cake in half and spread bottom layer with filling and sandwich with the top layer. Yummy! Serves 8
6 Tablespoons Softened Butter
1 ½ Cups Sifted Confectioners’ Sugar
1/8 Teaspoon Salt
1 Jar (about 7 ounces) Marshmallow Cream
1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
In a large bowl, beat butter until creamy. Add sugar and salt to the butter and mix well. Add marshmallow cream and vanilla. Blend well. Use immediately to fill pie or refrigerate covered up to 1 week. Bring back to room temperature and lightly beat before using. Makes about 2 ½ Cup of filling.
Asparagus & Prosciutto Rolls
18 Thick & Trimmed Asparagus Spears
2 Teaspoons Salt
6 Slices Imported Italian Prosciutto (such as Prosciutto di Parma)
4 Ounces Fontina Cheese – Cut Into Thin Slices
2 Tablespoons Unsalted Butter – Melted
Freshly Ground Pepper
Bring about 2 inches of water to a boil in a large shallow pan. Add the asparagus and salt. Cook until the asparagus are partially tender when pierced with a fork (about 4 minutes – depending on their thickness). Do NOT overcook. Drain the asparagus and rinse them under cool water. Pat dry with paper towels.
Preheat oven to 350° F. Butter a large baking dish. Make 6 bundles of 3 asparagus each. Wrap a slice of prosciutto around the center of each bundle. Place the bundles in the baking dish. Lay the pieces of cheese on top of the prosciutto. Brush the butter over the asparagus. Sprinkle with pepper. Bake 15 minutes or until the cheese is melted and the asparagus are tender. Serve hot. Serves 6