Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Birthday Dinner for the Birthday Girl

My sweet daughter has a birthday today. We celebrated her accomplishments in her profession on Saturday but last night was just about her. The boys were working so it was just the Mrs. and Mackenzie, a lovely temperate evening, some grilled NY Strips and fresh asparagus. Killer bread of course and I made Hollandaise for the asparagus. Delish!  No dessert because I frankly did not think of it. Honestly, for the calories I would have rather had more steak (we only eat 4 ounces) than dessert but we did splurge on Saturday. There is a chain company in Omaha called Nothing Bundt Cakes. They have the best, most decadent cakes in mini bundt form. So tasty but that was my fix for the week


I made the Hollandaise with a typical recipe:

4 egg yolks
juice of a lemon
dash of cayenne
dash of salt
1/2 cup melted butter

I used the had blender and a 4 cup glass measure. Make sure the butter is steaming hot. Combine all and drizzle the hot butter while blending. I had a shallot so I chopped that up in there too. It was thick and rich and the perfect foil for the roasted asparagus.

Just so you know, I screwed this up a bit and made it before I looked up the recipe. I used 2 whole eggs and it was all a bit thin so I placed atop a double boiler, whisked it constantly and it quickly tightened up. Not sure if it tasted all that different. I am under the firm opinion that almost anything can be rescued. Don't try to reheat this in the microwave, does not work, live and learn.


  1. Thanks for sharing this. Hollandaise is one of those things I haven't attempted yet in my cooking journey and want to soon.

  2. So easy! And as you can see even though I kinda screwed it up it still works. We had the leftover Hollandaise on grilled Salmon tonight (it was on sale today!) Delish!



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