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Saturday, April 14, 2012

Orange and Asparagus Bleu Cheese Salad

2 oranges - peeled and sliced
1 1/2 pounds of asparagus
1 tbsp Orange Juice
1 cup Litehouse Bleu Cheese Crumbles
1/4 cup Litehouse Red Wine and Olive Oil dressing
Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add asparagus and cook until crisp (about 4 minutes). Drain, then place asparagus under cool running water to chill. Whisk together the orange juice and Litehouse Red Wine & Olive Oil dressing. Divide the asparagus, bleu cheese crumbles and oranges among 4 salad plates, drizzle each with the dressing mix. Add salt to taste.

Roasted Asparagus with Feta

1 3/4-2 lbs fresh crisp asparagus
1/4 cup olive oil
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon lemons, zest of
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
kosher salt ( to taste)
fresh ground black pepper ( to taste)
1 -2 tablespoon chopped fresh Italian parsley
3 -4 ounces crumbled feta cheese
1 lemons ( juice of, no seeds)

Preheat oven to 400F.
Heat olive oil, minced garlic, lemon zest, oregano, and red pepper flakes in a small pan over low heat until garlic becomes golden and oil becomes fragrant; remove from heat and allow to cool.
Bend asparagus gently until it breaks at a natural point and discard ends.
Toss asparagus pieces with infused olive oil and place in a single layer on a baking sheet (one with a side edge).
Season asparagus with salt and pepper.
Sprinkle asparagus with crumbled feta cheese.
Roast at 400F for 12 minutes or until cooked to your liking.
Sprinkle with chopped parsley and squeeze the lemons over the asparagus, being careful to catch the seeds.
Serve hot.

From Food Network

Goat Cheese-Asparagus Crustless Quiche

Serves 4
30 minutes or fewer
For a pretty presentation, reserve a few asparagus tips to steam and use as a garnish for this quick supper dish. Fresh out of asparagus? Substitute broccoli florets—they’re also rich in folic acid.
1 lb. asparagus, trimmed and cut into 1-inch lengths, tips reserved for garnish, optional
1 tsp. olive oil
2 large shallots
2 cloves garlic, peeled
5 oz. fresh goat cheese
2 large eggs
5 large egg whites
1. Coat 4 ramekins or a 9-inch-square baking pan with cooking spray. Toss asparagus in oil in bowl, and season with salt and pepper, if desired. Place ramekins in oven, and preheat oven to 425°F.
2. Meanwhile, place shallots and garlic in bowl of food processor, and process until finely minced. Add goat cheese, and process until creamy; then add eggs and egg whites, and purée until smooth. Season with salt and pepper, if desired.
3. Pour egg mixture over asparagus in ramekins once oven is preheated, stirring to evenly distribute vegetables. Bake 15 minutes, or until tops are light brown and tester inserted in centers comes out clean. Garnish with asparagus tips, if using.January/February 2011 p.88