Mashed Potatoes with Asparagus soup and Spicy Broiled Chicken!

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What to do with asparagus that has been hanging out in the fridge for a while? Why, make asparagus soup, of course!

I cooked the asparagus with freshly grated peppercorns from Trader Joe’s, the fresh juice of one lemon and 3 garlic cloves.

In another pan went 1 cup of whipping cream and 1/3 cup of half and half and I put the asparagus and cooked it in the cream for about 5-10 minutes and then using a food processor, made it into soup that went right back into the pan and cooked for another 10 minutes.  ave it a dash of sea salt and grated some Asiago cheese and stirred. Yum.

At the same time I had placed two potatoes to cook in the oven, and decided to do a little creative spicy goodness on top – so I started with cayenne, one of my favorite spices, along with peppercorns, sea salt, a bit of ground cloves, smoked paprika and dried mustard.  The wonderful aromas coming from the kitchen perfumed my living area making me really hungry for lunch!

So after whipping the potatoes  and putting 1/3 cup of the asparagus soup into the potatoes and just a tablespoon of grated Asiago in them, I placed them back in the oven to cook for another 10 minutes.

The chicken was moist, tender and just absolutely so yummy, that when I was putting away the remainder, I couldn’t help myself from taking a little piece and munching….and no, I don’t feel bad about it since I did a 3 mile power walk this morning!!!

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This asparagus soup was just soooo good!

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The chicken and asparagus potatoes also turned out quite good! A healthy lunch…..so yummy. And the best part is that I have leftovers!

 

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Pistachio-Oatmeal and Chocolate Chip Cookies!

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All things green are delicious, including lovely pistachio nuts!

 

This afternoon I opted to make something different and went surfing to find a recipe to incorporate pistachios and ended up tweaking a recipe and making it slightly different.

Ingredients:

1 cup unsalted butter

1 cup light brown sugar

1/2 cup coconut sugar

1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla (I used organic)

2 eggs

2 cups flour

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1 cup pistachios, pulverized to smithereens in a food processor!!

1 cup old fashioned oats

1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips

Melt the butter and beat it together with the sugars until creamy; then incorporate the vanilla and eggs.  Sift the flour with the baking powder and soda and beat into the wet ingredients.  Stir in pistachios, oats, and chocolate chips.  Drop teaspoons onto cookie sheets that were covered with parchment paper or Silpat.  Bake at 350 degrees for 10 to 12 minutes, until bottoms have slightly browned and allow to cool – while they cool, they will harden.  Cool them on wire racks and try not to eat them all! Yes, they are that delicious!

 

 

 

Everything Green tastes so good!

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I adore basil….what an aromatic herb that when combined with just a few other natural ingredients transforms into green goodness!

I have been growing basil in an AeroGarden at my office, but this time I went to my neighborhood Publix to pick up some basil.  I had beautiful lemons from Trader Joe’s in my fridge, so out came the Parmesan, Asiago and Romano cheese mix that I have, with a half cup of extra virgin olive oil, 4 garlic cloves and a dash of salt and black pepper and these ingredients became the awesome goodness of a garlicky-lemony pesto.

So many suggestions…..what to do with pesto?

I covered salmon with it and broiled it to yummy goodness.

It goes great with fresh French bread.

You can dip veggies into it too! The options are limitless to what you can do with pesto!

 

OMG Moment in my Kitchen!

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Yes, this bowl contained two items that when mixed together give your palate a glimpse of what I call “Taste Heaven!”

There’s just something about freshly whipped cream folded in to mascarpone that makes me want to reach in and beyond a spoonful and because there was no one else in the kitchen at the time, I had my fun.  Yes, you read that right.  I took a  crunchy Lady Finger, dipped it into espresso and brandy, and cleaned the bowl!  My, oh my.  What delicious goodness. 

And this was just my second time making homemade tiramisu!  Can you imagine what I’ll do the next time????????