One week until “Hunger Games” and one week and 2 days until “Mad Men”. I swear to you, my little heart is just too excited for words. If you ever wonder what happens if you take a bibliophile, combine that bibliophile with an actor/writer, and throw in an obsession with Mid-Century Modern everything dating back to childhood memories of a grandparents house full of impeccable mod and deco furniture? You get me. Not to mention my slight, obsession with Jon Hamm; because, if you are a straight woman, and you don’t have a small obsession with him? You must not have a pulse. The fact that BOTH premiere next weekend is almost overwhelming to me.
This is why I am keeping myself busy. Thankfully, it’s pilot season. Today/tomorrow looks like this: audition, audition, photo shoot, audiobook read audition (my favorite), exercise, shower, drop kids off with husband, drinks with my cast/cast meeting/we’re all winos, home, shower, sleep, wake up and go to workshop. Between all of these I have to look over my lines, look over my music, and spend time with my faves. Oosh. I am tired just writing that. On Sunday; I’ll need a valium.
Researching recipes to make for my “Mad Men” cocktail party has been a trip. People in the 60′s REALLY liked jello molds and things with toothpicks in them. (and cigarettes, and girdles, and day drinking) They also LOVED wrapping vegetables in meat. Since my husband really likes meat, I figured this would be a win. However, it seems that era was littered in honeyed ham slices, but the cop likes pastrami, so sweet pig is out! The pastrami wrapped asparagus is so good, you’ll never miss the ham. (you’ll have that other Hamm to keep you warm) I will warn you, these are delicious, and pretty healthy, but if you eat them, YOU WILL need to brush your teeth afterward. You will stink.
I used light cream cheese and laughing cow cheese to drive down the calories and intensify the flavor with the sharpness of the swiss laughing cow cheese. The rest of the recipe is a recipe I saw A LOT in my research. Creamy sauces were as ubiquitous then as cheese trays are now. Yum.
pastrami wrapped asparagus
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Keywords: steam appetizer side snack
- 1 lb asparagus
- 10 slices pastrami or turkey pastrami
- 2 oz softened cream cheese (I used light)
- 2 wedges softened swiss laughing cow cheese
- 1 tbsp prepared horseradish
- 1 tbsp dijon mustard
- 4 roasted garlic cloves, roasted (or gently sauteed and pureed)
- salt and pepper
combine all ingredients save for asparagus and pastrami, set aside
clean and steam asparagus gently-about 3 minutes at a rolling boil,
shock in ice water
set two slices of pastrami down on a flat surface, edges slightly overlapping,
smear about 2 tbsp of cream cheese spread onto pastrami
place about 7 asparagus spears on top of the cream cheese asparagus in a bundle about 3/4 of the way down the spear,
wrap the bundle around itself tightly
refrigerate and serve.
What’s your favorite retro snack?
I like pigs in a blanket-with tofu dogs
Favorite thing in your grandparents house growing up?
my grandmother had the coolest kitchenette set. I used to sit there while she cooked.