Saturday, January 1, 2011


Greetings and all best wishes for a fabulous 2011!  Last night we rung in the new year with great friends, a delicious feast, the movie "Sideways", and then watching Dick Clark, et. al. on TV.  It was fun seeing Kevin stay awake so late!

I brought an appetizer that got very favorable reviews. It is easy to make, relatively healthy and tasty.

Asparagus Appetizer
Place the following ingredients in a blender:
* 1/2 cup packed parsley
* 2 tablespoons olive oil
* 1 tablespoon lemon juice
* Zest of 1/2 lemon
* 1 teaspoon dijon mustard (I substituted Smoked Onion Mustard.)
Puree the above ingredients and then mix with
* 1/2 cup real mayonnaise
Taste and add salt.
Blanch 2 bunches of asparagus in boiling water for 3 minutes. Drain off the hot water then run under cold water to stop the cooking. Place on cloths to dry.  To serve, place dip in a bowl surrounded by the asparagus.  Refrigerate until serving.  Can be made a day in advance.

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