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Scalloped Asparagus and Potatoes

I’m all about the scalloped recipes lately.  I think it is because it is cheesey and comforting.  We have been getting a lot of asparagus in our CSA and this was a great recipe to use it in. 
I took some tasty potatoes, sliced, and steamed them.
Then, I took the asparagus, sliced it, and lightly boiled it.
Once that was all done I got to work on the scallions.  I sauteed them in olive oil until they were soft and smelled delicious.
Then, I added in the flour, milk, and cheese!
I let it cook down until it was coating the spoon.
At that point, I added in the spices and seasonings.  
Once I mixed in the potatoes and asparagus, I poured it into a buttered dish, topped it with more cheese, and sprinkled it with scallions.
Once it was baked up, WOW!  Delish!
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More Hyssop Fun!

After the success of the last hyssop recipe, I decided to try and experiment a little.  We received radishes and asparagus in our CSA, and I saw a recipe for a cool salad using both. 
First, I chopped and steamed a bunch of asparagus.
While that was cooking, I mixed up the dressing.  It was rice wine vinegar, olive oil, nama shoyu (which is like soy sauce), salt, pepper, red pepper flakes, and a splash of sesame oil.  Sesame oil is strong!  
Once the asparagus was done and chilled, I mixed it into the dressing along with lots of scallions, leftover chicken, and chopped up radishes.  Then I thought about the hyssop.  It is kinda like anise, which is the flavor of the Lebanese liquor Arak.  Arak is often enjoyed with radishes, so I thought the hyssop might work well in the salad. 
It did!  It was so light and perfect for a hot day.

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Two Quick and Easy Meals

Lately I have been coming up with quick and easy meals…. Probably because I have been busy with these two!

One quick meal is really just another sauce for my home made fettucine.  I took leftover tomato sauce and added in sauteed mushrooms and raw milk cream.  

It was a great and easy sauce, especially topped with some cheese!
 The second quick meal I made this week was roasted asparagus with fish.  For the asparagus, I mixed together olive oil, oregano, sea salt, and thyme.
 I bushed it on the asparagus and topped it with sliced lemons.
I roasted it, along with some fish, and it was quick and easy.
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Saffron Orzos

I had a 2 coupons for free boxes of macaroni.  Now, if you could see our pantry right now, you would know we have a LONG position in macaroni.  Unfortunately, I can’t pass up free macaroni.  I decided to use the coupons to get macaroni I don’t usually buy.  I grabbed some pastina (for quick and easy comfort food) and orzo (for quick and easy side dishes).  
As I meal planned for this week, I found a cool recipe in Giada’s Everyday Pasta.  While we didn’t have shrimp, I thought it would make a cool side dish.  Now, you may be wondering how we ended up with saffron threads in our spice cabinet.  I mean, we are C-H-E-A-P.  Well, my dad is VERY generous.  And he likes good food.  Dad- this recipe was a winner.  Thanks! 
First, I brought 3 cups of broth and 1 cup of water to a boil.  Why the mix?  Because I forgot to defrost another jar of broth, simple as that.  
When it was boiled, I added some saffron threads and let them simmer.  When they had released a good amount of flavor, I added in a box of orzos, along with some parsley, salt, and pepper.  
That’s it!  To reheat it, I added some water, salt, and butter.  John helped out BIG time with the rest of dinner… pork and balsamic roasted asparagus!
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