Friday, September 02, 2005

Is My Blog Burning Launch Party!


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The popular clearinghouse site for food blogs, Is My Blog Burning is launching its newly refurbished web site today, and in honor of the occasion, is hosting a virtual cocktail party.

I am delighted to accept the invitation, and of course, I won't be coming empty-handed! I've made a little appetizer to share. Since our host is particularly fond of beer, I've used it in the sauce. I just love a party and can't wait to see what everyone else is bringing!

ASPARAGUS WITH HONEY-BEER DIPPING SAUCE

2 lbs asparagus, not too thin
1/3 cup Dijon mustard
1/3 cup honey
1/2 cup dark beer (I used Warsteiner)
3 large cloves garlic, pressed
1 tbsp fresh thyme leaves, or 1 tsp dried
Red or yellow bell pepper, cut into long strips

Snap off the bottom woody stems of the asparagus. In a wide skillet with a lid, put enough of the stem bottoms to cover the bottom of the pan. Add water to just barely cover and place over high heat. This will make a sort of steaming rack for the asparagus. When the water comes to a boil, lay the asparagus spears on top, cover, lower the heat to medium and steam for 2-3 minutes, or until just barely crisp-tender. Remove from the skillet with tongs and place on a rack to cool.

For the sauce combine all ingredients and whisk together. This benefits from a little resting time to let the flavors mellow. Arrange the asparagus and bell pepper on a serving platter with a ramekin of the sauce.
Serves 8 as an appetizer.

This sauce keeps well in the fridge. Drizzle over grilled steak, lamb or pork, or brush on vegetables before grilling.

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