Charred Asparagus Crostini

Peak season!

1 baguette, sliced into 1/3-1/2 in. pieces(on the diagonal if you want to be fancy)

1/2 C. olive oil

2 bunches Asparagus, cleaned and trimmed at end(keep them whole for now)

1/4 C. Honey

1 C. Ricotta, whole milk

salt and pepper

Fire up the grill to medium high.  Place baguette slices on baking sheet.  Drizzle with a little olive oil(not all of it!).  Sprinkle with salt and pepper.  Toast or grill to desired color.  Place ricotta in large bowl or standing mixer.  Whisk or blend until lighter and fluffier, drizzling olive oil(about 1/4 C.) in slowly.  Add a little salt and pepper.  Taste and chill. Place your asparagus on a large sheet pan(or plate or whatever you have).  Drizzle a little olive oil.  Sprinkle with salt and pepper.  Grill, turning until dark on all sides and slightly soft(just slightly - you still want a crunch).  Cut into smaller pieces, about 2 inches long. Take a large spoon and scoop a healthy portion on your crostini. Use the back of the spoon to spread. Place 3-4 asparagus pieces on bread.  Drizzle with honey, olive oil, salt and pepper.  I added a little arugula in the picture.  Get creative!   

Mimosa Bar

Variety of Fruit Juice - cranberry, pineapple, cranberry, apple cider, mango

Variety of Fresh Fruit - blackberries, raspberries, peaches, strawberries

Variety of Sparkly - Rose, Champagne, Prosecco, Moscado

Embelleshments - fruit puree, Chambord, Amaretto, Limoncello, Cointreau, Thyme, Rosemary, Basil

Set out your glass ware - If  you want to go a little 'over the top' dip the rims in lemon juice and colored sugar.

Fill your juice jars - Make it something simple so guests can easily pour for themselves.  

Add your signs - Use a gift tag and ribbon or left over place cards.

Fill your fruit dishes - Whether  you use a variety of shapes, sizes and color or all the same containers, make sure your fruit is fresh and seasonal.

Put a few examples together on a notecard for guests.

Some of my favorite combos -

Rose, Chambord, Mango

Prosecco, Limoncello, Orange, Thyme

Moscado, Cranberry, Amaretto

Have fun with this!

Chocolate Chip Granola Bars

  • 11 T unsalted butter, soft
  • 1/3 C dark brown sugar
  • 2/3 C honey
  • 1 T vanilla
  • Pinch of salt
  • 4 C. oats(not instant)
  • 1 C. flour
  • 1/2 t. baking soda
  • 1 1/2 C. chopped chocolate
  • Mix all together in a large bowl.  Don't be shy, use your hands!  Place in lined 13 x 9 pan and bake at 325 degrees for 23 minutes.  Let cool. Refrigerate until completely chilled. Cut as desired.