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HERE COMES THE BRIDE

Chef Linda Weiss
Photographs by Linda Weiss

When I was teaching cooking classes this would be about the time of year in early spring that I would have someone schedule a bridal shower class, and the bride would help me cook. I would give the entire class, and especially the bride, a copy of the recipes so that she could make them at home for her new husband after the wedding. One recipe that I always included was an asparagus salad with orange zest, herbs de Provence and balsamic vinaigrette. It’s easy, delicious, and just pretty. How could he not be impressed with his new bride’s cooking skills?

Just in case the bride wants to be brave, I’ve included a good recipe for asparagus with hollandaise and a few ideas for another vegetable peeping out of the ground now, the radish. Enjoy!

Asparagus is a versatile vegetable to cook with. You can steam it, bake it, roast it and it’s a short cooking time, so it can be ready fast.

Bride’s Asparagus w/Balsamic Vinaigrette

You’ll need approximately 2 pounds of asparagus for every 6 people. Wash asparagus and snap off the woody stem end. In a shallow skillet bring water to a boil and add the asparagus. Cook for 7 minutes until asparagus is crisp tender.  Shock in an ice water bath, drain well on paper towels and then chill.  When ready to serve, make the balsamic vinaigrette.

Balsamic Vinaigrette

1/3 cup aged balsamic vinegar
1/4 cup olive oil

Mix well, add salt and pepper to taste and serve over asparagus.

Herbs de Provence
Orange zest

Presentation- Place the asparagus on a platter. Mix the balsamic vinaigrette and pour over the asparagus. Sprinkle the salad with orange zest and herbs of Provence. Serve immediately. As you grab the asparagus, the vinaigrette will come up with it from the bottom of the platter.

Asparagus with Hollandaise Sauce

1/4 pound or 11 spring (very thin) asparagus spears per person.

Trim the asparagus spears at the woody, tough stem end. Wash the spears to remove any sand.
Place the spears in a large skillet and cover with water.  Turn the burner to high heat and cook for 7 minutes. Remove from heat.

While asparagus is cooking, prepare hollandaise sauce.

Hollandaise Sauce:

1/4 cup butter (1/2 stick)
2 egg yolks, slightly beaten
1/4 cup butter, melted (1/2 stick)
1 tablespoon lemon juice
Pinch salt
Cayenne pepper to taste

Put 1/4 cup cold butter and egg yolks into the top of a double boiler over medium heat. Do not let water boil. Stir until the butter melts. Very slowly, drizzle in the 1/4 cup melted butter, whisking while you pour. Stir until the mixture thickens. Add the lemon juice, salt and cayenne pepper.

Note: If the mixture breaks or separates, remove from heat, add an ice cube, put back on the heat and stir until the mixture comes back together again.

Radishes

If you have radishes ready right now, you already know how good they are sliced thin and put on some lettuce with blue cheese dressing.

Finely grate radishes and use them mixed with butter for an appetizer on thin toast.

Mix them in with your coleslaw to give the slaw a little zing.

What do I do- eat them out of the garden after I’ve washed them off.  I also make a little mouse with them for garnishing a cheese platter. Here’s how-

Mouse Radish- make sure when you pick your radishes that the root stays intact. This is the mouse’s tail.

Cut the radish flat on one side so that it will sit flat. Now place it flat side down. In the top of the radish near the front and opposite the tail, make two small slanted incisions opposite each other for ears. Put two pieces of small radish in for the ears. Make two tiny holes for the eyes and put small peppercorns in each hole for the eyes. Then spay with olive oil or another cooking spray to make it shiny. Place on the edge of a plate for garnish.

Visit Chef Linda at her website:  www.cheflindaweiss.com
and her blog:  www.lindaallaboutfood.blogspot.com
Linda’s first book, Memories From Home, Cooking with Family & Friends
is available at Amazon.com or at her website.


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