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PATTY'S PICK

Pam Glover of Brandon shared this recipe for Asparagus Roll-Up tea sandwiches with me several years ago, and they are my favorite go-to sandwich for teas and luncheons. I have also served them at brunches or in the roll basket for a special dinner. They are simple to prepare and delicious, and everyone requests the recipe. These sandwiches would make a wonderful addition to your Easter brunch, lunch, or egg hunt. Enjoy!


ASPARAGUS ROLL-UPS

24 small, tender asparagus spears
24 slices white bread
2 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
1 cup blue cheese, crumbled
1 1/2 sticks butter, melted
2 tablespoons sesame seeds

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Trim each asparagus spear to 6 inches
long; set aside. With rolling pin, slightly flatten bread between
wax paper. With kitchen shears, remove crusts; set aside. With
mixer, beat cream cheese until creamy. Add blue cheese and beat
until smooth. Spread mixture on bread slices. Place 1 asparagus
spear on each bread slice; roll up. Be sure to seal edges. Brush
each sandwich with melted butter, and place on a parchment-lined
baking sheet. Sprinkle with sesame seeds. Bake for 15 minutes until
golden.

Yield: 24 sandwiches

PATTY LOVES

These egg-shaped bath balms by Musee, a small cottage business in Madison County whose motto is "Soak in Life," make the perfect Easter treats. The hand-pressed bath balms are made with natural ingredients such as organic sugars, salts, and herbs for healing, soothing, and nurturing.

Each balm is named after a fun song and has its own recipe, some including small treasures. "Musee bath balms remind us to enjoy the simple pleasures in life, and as life would have it--you might just find a little surprise waiting for you at the end."

As well as providing community jobs, Musee also sells bath balms called "SWEET CHILD O' MINE" giving 100% of profits to support TABITHA MINISTRIES in South Africa through the Sweetwaters NFP here in Mississippi.

Regular bath balms sell for around $6, and a half-dozen eggs with treasures sell for $12-$15. Musee bath balms are available at Smitten Gift Boutique, 207 W. Jackson St. in Ridgeland, and Whole Foods, Highland Village in Jackson.

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Title Annotation:food & entertaining
Publication:Mississippi Magazine
Date:Mar 1, 2015
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