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Smoky Potatoes with Asparagus and Chorizo

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It’s my birthday. I’m 29 years young today. I don’t know why, but it doesn’t really *feel* like my birthday…perhaps because the past 48 hours have been complete mayhem?

Monday night, Chicago sent us their storms. These terrible storms headed over the lake and landed right on us in southwest Michigan. We wisely retreated to the basement for an hour while the worst of it passed. Shortly after heading to bed (though not sleeping much because of the dog shaking in her boots over the storms), we lost power.

In the morning, still no power.

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Thinking on his toes, Mr. P ran out to Home Depot and Lowes (which open at 6am, by the way!) and he purchased a huuuuge generator. Of course, the unit didn’t fit in his tiny Sentra, and we had to swap cars in the Home Depot parking lot on my way to work. He quickly hooked up our 3 fridges (I know, I know…), garage door, a fan, and some other miscellaneous important things around the house.

The power issue was enough to deal with, but the storms also left a lovely tree in our front lawn that had been completely uprooted. I loved that tree and it provided a lot of shade and privacy for the front of our home. But, instead, $400 was shelled out for the tree to be pieced apart and hauled away.

Of course I never paused to remember that the cleaning lady was coming and so she showed up and Mr. P spent the next few hours moving lighting and vacuums around the house from extension cord to extension cord. What a mess of a day.

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I had high hopes of the power being back on by now, but nope. I’m blogging from my car hooked up to work’s public wifi. This is what we call commitment. My zen is off when I’m disconnected from y’all for too long, that’s all there is to it!

I had dreams of enjoying king crab for my birthday. Mr. Prevention suggested we get some last weekend when it was on sale, but without a heat source, I do believe we’ll be dining out tonight…along with everyone else in our town, and along with all of the tourists. It should be interesting…

But yes, my commitment to sharing delicious recipes goes on, power or no power. This dish was delicious. Is it a side? Is it a main? I don’t have a clue, but it has all of my most favorite foods so I was happy to call it food and enjoy. Hope you agree!

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Smoky Potatoes with Asparagus and Chorizo
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Serves: 4 as main dishes
  • 1½ lbs fingerling potatoes
  • 6 oz chorizo sausage
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • ½ red onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 lb trimmed asparagus, each stalk cut into thirds
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 2 Tbsp red wine vinegar
  • juice of 1 lemon
  1. Add potatoes to a 2-3 quart pot of water and set over high heat, bring to a boil. Once boiling, reduce heat to medium and cook for 15 minutes or until just fork tender.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large sauté pan or heavy skillet, cook the chorizo over medium heat, breaking it up as you cook, about 3-5 minutes. Add smoked paprika and the red onions and sauté another 3-4 minutes; add garlic and saute 30-60 seconds or until fragrant. Add the asparagus, sprinkle with salt, and sauté 5-7 minute or until tender.
  3. Use a slotted spoon to remove the potatoes from the pot of water and add them to the pan. Add red wine vinegar; stir to coat and cook an additional 3-5 minutes.
  4. Transfer to a serving platter and squeeze the fresh lemon juice over the top of the dish. Serve hot.
Recipe from Heather Christo
Nutrition Information
Serving size: ¼ recipe Calories: 264 Fat: 7.5 Carbohydrates: 33.0 Sugar: 2.8 Sodium: 580 Fiber: 4.8 Protein: 15.0 Cholesterol: 19

Here’s to hoping my birthday gets better and the power comes on!! 😀

Be well,


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  1. Biz
    July 2, 2014 / 5:51 pm

    You are truly committed Nicole! Happy Birthday! I hope the best present you get is a seat at a restaurant without too much wait AND power on by the time you get home.

    And my husband and I have two fridges and a deep freeze, so no worries! 😀

  2. Melissa
    July 2, 2014 / 5:54 pm

    Happy birthday! Enjoy your king crab out at a restaurant instead tonight and enjoy having someone else cook for you. You deserve the day off! Here’s hoping the power goes back on soon for you guys!

  3. Lena
    July 2, 2014 / 7:31 pm

    Happy birthday! Maybe this is just a way of leading into the best Fourth of July long birthday weekend ever :). Hope your power is back soon and hope I get to see you this weekend!

  4. Sherri@The Well Floured Kitchen
    July 3, 2014 / 7:49 am

    Happy Birthday! Sorry to hear about all the trouble the storms caused, they are heading right towards me (in Mass) and going to make a mess of today and tomorrow. Losing power stinks, thank goodness we have gas so I can always still cook! This looks amazing, I’d be happy to eat it as a main dish 🙂

  5. Christie - Food Done Light
    July 3, 2014 / 9:19 am

    Happy Birthday! What a night. I hope you have power on now and can celebrate again in cool air and with crab.

  6. Lizzie
    July 3, 2014 / 9:32 am

    Ugh, it’s always something! What a pain in the butt!
    Happy Birthday!! I can’t wait to try it 🙂


  7. Rachael@AnAvocadoADay
    July 5, 2014 / 11:40 am

    Yum this looks so good! Hubs and I had a similar dish on our first trip together to San Francisco. It was such a wonderful memory so I can’t wait to recreate this! Thanks for sharing!

  8. John Finn
    July 6, 2014 / 12:41 pm

    Happy birthday!! Which chorizo sausage did you use? There is a lot of variety available, wich one is the most appropriate? Thank you.

    • Nicole, RD
      July 6, 2014 / 8:20 pm

      Thanks, John! You know, I couldn’t tell you the brand…all gone 🙁 I found it near the sausage in 2 individually wrapped links and I thought it was a good product. I haven’t had good luck with the kinds that come without casing, for what it’s worth. I’ll try to remember to look the next time I grocery shop 🙂

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