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Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Put the Lime in the Coconut

Song - Put The Lime In The Coconut by Harry Nilsson

 Or better yet put the lemon and vodka in the fettuccine!!!

On New Year's Eve Mr. B cooked me a yummy dinner as we had decided to stay home and have a low key evening together.  We had a recipe for Meyer Lemon and Vodka Linguine from our friend John  and I had another recipe for Fettuccine and Asparagus with Lemon Vodka Sauce.

Mr. B has a hard time sticking exactly to any recipe and decided to blend the two and add a touch of his own magic. 

Goodbye 2018 Lemon and Vodka Fettuccine with Asparagus

3 large Meyer lemons, the zest of one and juice of 3
1 pt. half & half
3/4 c. vodka
2 T salt
1 lb. fettuccine
1 T butter or olive oil
1 bunch of asparagus, cut into pieces and blanched until al dente
1/2 t freshly ground black pepper
4 T fresh dill
1 sm. onion or leek diced
1 T garlic diced
6 oz Parmesan cheese - freshly grated

Grate the zest from 1 lemon, squeeze out the juice of all three. Soften onion and garlic in olive oil or butter.  Add 3/4 c. Vodka & reduce by 2/3rds. Add the cream and simmer for 5 minutes until it thickens. Meanwhile, bring water to a boil, add salt and cook your fettuccine until al dente.  Add asparagus.

Add the cooked asparagus, lemon juice and zest to the vodka sauce and cook for 1 minute, stirring constantly.

Drain the pasta (reserving some of the water), add to the sauce and toss.  Season with pepper, dill and Parmesan, stir. If the pasta is dry, add some of the reserved pasta water.

Top with Nutmeg if desired.

Serve extra Parmesan on the side.

Serves 4-6
1 hour prep and cooking time
Pre-cut and measure as much as possible ahead of time as it all comes together fast.

Eaten while watching The Thin Man series......Happy New Year!

"Waiter, will you serve the nuts? 
I mean, will you serve the guests the nuts?"

--Nora Charles from The Thin Man

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