by Garry Nordenstam
Gremolata, sounds fancy! It looks fancy! It's easy to make and adds great flavor to any number of dishes. It's a traditional accompaniment to Osso Buco alla Milanese when made with lemon zest, garlic, parsley and anchovy. In this recipe we make a variation and use it as a garnish to add a flavor contrast to roasted asparagus.
1 lb asparagus
Fresh Italian flat-leaf parsley
About 1/4 cup slivered almonds (you could substitute pine nuts/pignoli)
Zest of 1 lemon
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
Roast the Aspargus...
Break off the tough ends of the asparagus and, if they're thick, peel them. Place the asparagus on a baking sheet, drizzle with olive oil, and toss to coat the asparagus completely. Spread the asparagus in a single layer and sprinkle liberally with salt and pepper. Roast the asparagus for 10-15 minutes (depending on thickness), until starting to char.
Make the Gremolata...
Toast the nuts. Heat a sauté pan over medium-low to medium heat. Use a heavy-bottomed pan for best results. Although it is not necessary to grease the pan, some cooks prefer to add a tiny amount of butter, to increase flavor.
Pour nuts into pan in an even layer. Stir or shake the pan very frequently to prevent nuts from burning. Remove nuts from pan when they are done toasting, between 3 and 5 minutes. Remove from heat just as they begin to brown edges and have a fragrant smell, otherwise they may start to burn. Immediately pour toasted nuts into a dish to cool.
Coarsely chop 1/4 to 1/2 cup flat-leaf parsley. Combine chopped parsley, lemon zest, toasted nuts and toss with a little olive oil.
Plate the Dish
Align asparagus tips and place on serving platter. Sprinkle with coarse sea salt and fresh ground black pepper. Top with gremolata at a right angle to asparagus.
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By Patty Lammers, St. Paul Police-Crime Prevention Coordinator
What’s a community member’s role in Crime Prevention?
Community members play an important role in crime prevention. This includes creating Neighborhood/Crime Watch groups, participating in National Night Out, and attending community meetings /events. This also includes community member’s most important role: reducing the opportunity to become a victim of crime.
Crime has three parts:
Reducing a persons’ opportunity means as community members we have to be smart about how we live our lives. What do I mean by this? It means taking simple actions to ensure you are not making yourself and your family an easy target.
When you are out and about
In and around your house
Following these easy actions significantly reduces the opportunity for criminals to target you or your home.
St. Paul Police-Crime Prevention Coordinator
"Each year, the General Mills Foundation and UNCF present an annual MLK Holiday Breakfast in downtown Minneapolis to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. With the help of countless volunteers, Interfaith Action of Greater Saint Paul hosts breakfasts at multiple neighborhood locations, featuring a live broadcast of the General Mills event as well as a hot breakfast and local programming. Join us for these inspiring community celebrations."
There will be a breakfast held in Summit-University at Mount Olivet Baptist Church. Please visit this site to register to attend: http://interfaithaction.org/mlk
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