Saturday, January 8, 2011

Good Food

What is it about winter? There are the same number of hours in a day in the summer, yet in the winter, it seems there is more time to cook and eat, to actually enjoy a leisurely mealtime. Oh, of course, it's the fewer hours of daylight, which gives me the 'feeling' there is more time in the evening. Whatever the reason, we have been cooking up a storm in these parts!

We finally got in our traditional Christmas Day dinner.  There was so much going on Christmas Day, we voted the huge traditional Christmas dinner out this year.  But, I missed it, so I made it for Freddie and me!
Fresh fruit compote, prime rib, twice baked potatoes and the most delectable asparagus ever. I'm sharing the recipe with you lucky readers.

Asparagus Au Gratin
1 pound asparagus
1/5 ounces fontina cheese
1 teaspoon sugar
1/4 cup parmesan cheese
3 Tablespoons heavy cream
salt

Preheat oven to 475. Butter the bottom of a baking dish. Wash the asparagus and cut off woody ends.  Place in boiling water for 15 minutes or until barely firm to bite. Drain and lay it in the baking dish. Cover with sliced fontina, sprinkle the parmesan on top and drizzle the cream over the top. Bake 8 minutes. Remove from oven and sprinkle with fresh ground pepper.

Thanks to my thoughtful sister-in-law, I got a new Italian cookbook as a memento of our trip to Rome. Freddie loved it and got into the cooking gig himself. Although he is not a frequent visitor to the kitchen stove, he is a terrific cook!

This Alaskan king crab salad was to-die-for!

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