Asparagus Soup

For the majority of people who are reading this and do not know me personally; know that this recipe is out of my normal repertoire.  My usual meal centers around some sort of protein.  Whether that be a nice steak, some nice plump shrimp, etc.  This asparagus soup recipe is definitely not that.  It’s a much lighter, and I suppose healthier, recipe that I am sure vegans AND the rest of us will all enjoy.

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Duck Fat Fried Baby Potatoes

Where this recipe came from I really have no idea.  Like many Sunday afternoons after Mass I am walking through Whole Foods doing my grocery shopping; and on one particular Sunday I happened to see a jar of duck fat.  From that I began to think of what could I cook with duck fat and my mind went to a bag of baby potatoes I bought for another meal but didn’t end up using.

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Garlic & Herb Asparagus

I sure do love me some asparagus.  It’s such an easy and quick vegetable to cook I make it quite often as a side for dinner; and you can as well.  Scratch the typical broccoli or baked potato or rice that you would normally have along with your steak or chicken or such and try asparagus instead.

Like any vegetable you get what you pay for when it comes to quality.  I always go with organically grown asparagus myself.  I don’t know if they’re better than conventionally grown asparagus or not, but they are what I prefer.  The more important thing I have found though is to make sure that you get some nice thick asparagus.  I try to find asparagus that are about the thickness of my pinky.  They cook better and don’t become as flimsy when you’re working them in the pan.

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Mustard and Herb Chicken & Brussels Sprouts

What’s the best thing about this recipe you ask?  The whole meal is cooked is in one pan and it’s quite simple.

So I have a confession to make, I’m 26 and the first time I have ever eaten a Brussels sprout was last year. I don’t know whether I should be ashamed or proud, but I know for a fact I like them now. The cartoon cliche of a kid sneaking their Brussels sprouts to their dog never happened during my childhood because my mom never made them and there was no dog.  The inkling to try them came one day last year while I was walking through the farmers’ market and saw them on sale.  So I thought to myself,  why not give them a shot?

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