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Roasted Asparagus


This was such an easy dish to make and it’s really good too! I love vegetables, especially asparagus and since I had already made green beans for Thanksgiving, I wanted something different for Christmas.

Roasted Asparagus

4 lbs fresh asparagus

5 cloves of garlic, minced

3 tablespoon olive oil

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Wash and dry asparagus. Break ends of asparagus to get the tough parts out. Put asparagus onto baking sheet. Mix oil and minced garlic and generously brush over asparagus. Put baking sheet into oven for about 15 minutes. Server and enjoy!


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Asiago and Sage Scalloped Potatoes


This dish went perfectly with the Baked Ham that we had for Christmas dinner.  It was such a hit that people were asking for more!  Brian just loves this dish and had asked me to make more of it.  I had two recipes that I wanted to try and this one definitely came out on top.  It was a perfect amount of creaminess and cheesiness!  I highly recommend this dish!

Asiago and Sage Scalloped Potatoes adapted from Food and Wine

2 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 medium onions, thinly sliced
1 1/2 teaspoons finely chopped garlic
2 imported bay leaves
1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
1 1/4 cups heavy cream
1/2 cup milk
1 cup freshly grated Asiago cheese (about 3 ounces), preferably aged
1 cup plain dry bread crumbs
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 1/2 tablespoons finely shredded fresh sage leaves
2 1/2 pounds medium Idaho potatoes, peeled and sliced lengthwise 1/8 inch thick

NOTE:  I couldn’t find Asiago cheese at the store so I just used Pecorino Romano


  1. Preheat the oven to 400°. Melt the butter in a large heavy saucepan. Add the onions and cook over high heat, stirring, until golden, about 8 minutes. Add the garlic, bay leaves, nutmeg, 1 tablespoon coarse salt and 3/4 teaspoon pepper and cook for 30 seconds. Add the heavy cream and milk and bring to a boil. Remove from the heat, cover, and let stand for 5 minutes.
  2. In a medium bowl, toss the cheese with the bread crumbs, olive oil, 1/2 tablespoon of the sage, 1/4 teaspoon coarse salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper.
  3. Remove the bay leaves from the onion mixture and stir in the remaining 2 tablespoons sage. Put the sliced potatoes in a large bowl, add the onion mixture and toss gently. Spread half of the potatoes and liquid in a 2-quart nonreactive baking dish and sprinkle 2/3 cup of the cheese bread crumbs over the top. Cover with the remaining potatoes and press firmly to pack them down. Spoon the remaining liquid over the potatoes and cover with the remaining bread crumbs.
  4. Bake in the middle of the oven for about 1 hour, or until the potatoes are tender and the top is golden; if they brown too quickly, loosely cover the dish with foil.

Make Ahead

    The potatoes can be baked up to 5 hours ahead; let stand at room temperature. Rewarm in the oven before serving.
    Scalloped Potatoes

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