Sunday Dinner: Asparagus Vinaigrette

Things got crazy in the run up to the holidays. I cranked through a few more recipes, but didn’t get to writing about them. Then Alden got sick on the first of January. I don’t think I’ve cooked a meal since.

My life list languishes, cobwebby and neglected. I don’t want that to happen to this recipe project.

Today something simple, hand-written on an unlined index card.

Asparagus Vinaigrette (serves 4)

1lb asparagus

3T olive oil

1T wine vinegar

1/2-1tsp Dijon mustard (I use a heaping half)

Heat a little water in a large skillet. Bring to a boil. Add asparagus & cover. Simmer 5-8 min til “crisp” tender. remove, rinse in cold water. Drain & pat dry. Set on platter & drizzle dressing over.

Dressing: Combine vinegar, mustard, salt & pepper. Gradually whisk in oil.

Serve hot, room


It’s not my dad’s handwriting. Possibly it came from his sister, my Aunt Pat. It’s the kind of thing I saw regularly on the table. Dad loved asparagus.


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