Asparagus Can Be Simple Treat Or Elegant Dish



Hello Payson:

Are you keeping warm and enjoying the snow? Watching snow fall onto the earth -- covering the land and trees is a beautiful sight -- it is Mother Earth cleansing itself. Watching the snow fall reminds me of a snow globe with a winter scene; shake it and snow comes down.

My brother and I took the dogs for a long walk into the woods recently. We had to wear snow boots because it was deep -- the dogs were having so much fun that Jimmy and I started a snow-throwing contest. I was laughing so hard that I kept missing him -- not Jimmy though, his aim was excellent. When we returned home, I needed dry clothes.

While grocery shopping, I found some very nice asparagus and large flour tortillas -- perfect for making Ham and Asparagus with Cheese Sauce and some Ham and Pineapple Slaw Wraps.

Just a thought: Thoughts manifest immediately, so choose them carefully; you are the mouthpiece of your own life with your thoughts.

Stay safe,


Ham and Pineapple Slaw Wraps

Preparation time: 30 minutes. Total time: 30 minutes. Serves 6.

1/2 pineapple, cut into thin strips

2 carrots, cut into thin strips

10 dates, pitted and roughly chopped

12 ounces fully cooked ham, cut into thin strips

1 head Napa cabbage, thinly sliced

1 cup sour cream

1/4 cup wine vinegar

2 teaspoons caraway seeds

1 teaspoon kosher salt

1/4 teaspoon black pepper

12 large flour tortillas

In a large bowl, combine the pineapple, carrots, dates, ham, and cabbage. In a separate bowl, whisk together the sour cream, vinegar, caraway seeds, salt and pepper. Pour the dressing over the slaw; toss. Divide the slaw among the tortillas and roll into wraps.

Ham and Asparagus with Cheese Sauce

Serves 4.

24 asparagus spears

3 tablespoons butter or margarine

3 tablespoons flour

1-1/2 cups milk

1 cup shredded Swiss cheese, divided use

1/8 teaspoon grated nutmeg

salt and pepper

12 thin slices of cooked ham or prosciutto

Trim tough stalk ends from the asparagus. Bring a wide shallow pan of salted water to a boil. Add the asparagus and simmer until barely tender, 5-7 minutes. Drain the asparagus in a colander, rinse with cold water and spread out on paper towels to dry.

Preheat the broiler. Grease a 13-inch-by-9-inch baking dish.

Melt the butter or margarine in a saucepan. Add the flour and cook 2 minutes, stirring. Stir in the milk. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly, and simmer until thickened, about 5 minutes.

Add 3/4 cup of the cheese to the sauce. Season to taste with nutmeg, salt and pepper. Keep warm.

Wrap a pair of asparagus spears in each slice of ham. Arrange in the prepared baking dish, in one layer.

Pour the sauce over the ham and asparagus rolls and sprinkle the remaining cheese on top. Broil about 3 inches from the heat until bubbling and golden brown, about 5 minutes. Serve hot.

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