Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Frosting

Decorating cupcakes is considerably the most fun and creative part of making cupcakes, right? It is also the part where I call in for reinforcements.  I can precisely cut and paste paper together, but give me a frosting bag and tip and all my hand coordination goes out the window.  Luckily, I have a very talented cousin I can call for help. This is her masterpiece below.

Cookie Dough Frosting
Cookie Dough Frosting

Cookie Dough Frosting by Tidy Mom

1½ cup unsalted butter (3 sticks), softened ¾ cup light brown sugar, packed 3½ cups of confectioners' sugar 1 cup all-purpose flour ¾ tsp salt 3 tbsp milk 2½ tsp vanilla extract mini chocolate chips (optional)

Beat butter and brown sugar with the paddle attachment on high speed until creamy and fluffy. Mix in the confectioners' sugar until smooth.  Beat in the flour and salt. Add milk and vanilla extra, mix until smooth and combined.

Smoked Salmon Goat Cheese Grilled Cheese with Asparagus and Fried Egg

Did you catch that wordy title? Let me break it down for you.

Smoked salmon. Fried Egg. Grilled Cheese.

Need I say more?

Smoked Salmon Goat Cheese Grill Cheese with Asparagus and Fried Egg
Smoked Salmon Goat Cheese Grill Cheese with Asparagus and Fried Egg
Smoked Salmon Goat Cheese Grill Cheese with Asparagus and Fried Egg
Smoked Salmon Goat Cheese Grill Cheese with Asparagus and Fried Egg
Smoked Salmon Goat Cheese Grill Cheese with Asparagus and Fried Egg
Smoked Salmon Goat Cheese Grill Cheese with Asparagus and Fried Egg
Smoked Salmon Goat Cheese Grill Cheese with Asparagus and Fried Egg
Smoked Salmon Goat Cheese Grill Cheese with Asparagus and Fried Egg

Smoked Salmon Goat Cheese Grilled Cheese with Asparagus and Fried Eggfrom Taste Spotting

makes 1 sandwich

Ingredients1 tbsp softened butter 2 slices wheat bread, cut into rounds, about the diameter as an English Muffin 3-4 slices smoked salmon thinly slicked red onion roasted asparagus cut into 5 or 6 pieces that are 3- to 4- inches long (see below to roast asparagus) 1-2 tbsp grapeseed oil for cooking 1 fried egg salt and pepper to taste

Spread one side of each slice of bread with butter. Spread the other side of each slice of bread with goat cheese. Carefully arrange slices of smoked salmon on top of the cheese on one of the slices of bread. add a few slices of red onion.  Arrange the roasted asparagus on top, then close the sandwich with the other slice of bread.

Heat about 1 tablespoon grapeseed oil in a frying pan over medium low heat. Place the sandwich in pan and press down gently with a spatula. Cook until the bread on the bottom is toasted brown. Flip the sandwich over and cook until bottom is toasted. Note: The goat cheese will get soft, but won’t “melt” like other melt-y cheeses.

Remove the grilled sandwich from the pan and place on plate. Top with sunny-side up egg. Sprinkle with cracked black pepper and flaky sea salt.

Roasted Asparagus

Preheat oven to 400° F.

Wash and dry asparagus, trim the tough ends off the bottom. Place stalks on a baking sheet in as close to a single layer as possible. Drizzle about 2 tablespoons olive oil per pound of asparagus. Rub stalks gently to spread the olive oil. Season lightly with salt and pepper.

Roast in oven until stalks are tender and starting to brown, about 20 minutes.