Asparagus and Brownies

Tomorrow we are having a pot luck lunch at work.  I was thinking about what to make (a little bit of pressure when you are the one in the office with the recipe blog!).  Decided to go with a savory and a sweet.  Savory is blanched asparagus with wasabi mayonnaise – an awesome appetizer and a sign that spring is on the way and sweet is my mom’s famous brownies.  I grew up on these brownies and did not even know until I was about 11 that you could make brownies from a mix.  When I tasted brownies from a mix, I didn’t understand why you would bother – they only take a few minutes to make from scratch and they are so much better they are not even the same thing.

Blanched Asparagus with Wasabi Mayonnaise

  • Asparagus spears, tough end broken off
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 4 tsp low sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 2 tsp wasabi paste

Boil water with salt and blanch asparagus in batches for 2 minutes.  Drain and rinse with cold water to stop cooking.  Refrigerate wrapped in paper towels.  Stir together remaining ingredients and refrigerate.  Serve asparagus with wasabi mayonnaise for dipping.  NOTE:  Leftover wasabi mayonnaise is great on turkey sandwiches.


  • 4 squares Baker’s Unsweetened Baking Chocolate
  • 2 sticks butter
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup flour
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla

Preheat oven to 350.  Melt chocolate, butter and sugar over low heat.  Remove from heat and let cool for 10 minutes.  Stir in flour, eggs and vanilla.  Transfer to a 10 x 14 inch baking pan lined with parchment paper and bake for 22 minutes.  (You can halve the recipe and cook in a smaller square baking pan.)  Remove from oven and let sit in pan for at least an hour before cutting.  You will never bother with a mix again.

About emenuplan
I love to cook and love to eat. I work full time and have a family so managing good meals during the week requires organization. I'm hoping to share my weekly menu plans and recipes to make things a little easier for those who want to follow along.

One Response to Asparagus and Brownies

  1. Sue Johnson says:

    The asparagus with wasabi mayonnaise was wonderful! I am sure I ate the majority of them today at our potluck. Honestly can judge the brownies as there were several different kinds so not sure which were yours, Vicky, although I am fairly certain they were the best ones!

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