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A successful hostess remembers one of the most important factors to make her guests feel welcome: engage all 5 senses! When entertaining, ask yourself, “How have I embraced taste, smell, sight, sound and feel?” It is easy to do and your friends and family will be left saying to themselves, “I don’t know what is was, but that was a fabulous party!”

As your holiday social calendar is no doubt filling up, you may be looking for a family friendly party idea to get into the spirit! A Christmas Cookie Swap is wonderful for large groups and something the entire family will enjoy! I would recommend inviting at least six families so there are enough cookies for the exchange. This party idea is budget friendly for young families, the ingredients for the cookies are generally inexpensive, and your party décor is already in place with festive decorating.

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Prosciutto-Wrapped Asparagus with Lazio Olive Oil Seasoning

Updated: 1 day ago

White Scalloped Gold Rim Ceramic Platter

This recipe comes courtesy of Chefs Penny and Eli Martinez.

Hands down this recipe is one of the most delicious appetizers you can serve at a party. An easy combination of Prosciutto and asparagus create a tasty dish that is sure to please even the pickiest guests.

Prosciutto-Wrapped Asparagus with Lazio Olive Oil Seasoning
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Makes 5 servings

Preparation Time: 30 minutes


*1 bunch of fresh asparagus *4 oz. Prosciutto di Parma, thinly sliced *2 oz. shredded Parmesano Reggiano *Freshly cracked black pepper (to taste) *Kosher salt (to taste) *1 cup extra virgin olive oil, your favorite bottled brand

*2 tbsp. dry Italian herb blend or herb de Provence *1 tsp. Cara Cara fresh orange zest


*Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. *Cut 1 inch off the bottom of each asparagus and discard. *On a cutting board, lay down flat a strip of prosciutto and place the asparagus on the end. *Roll the asparagus up with the prosciutto. *Take the prosciutto-wrapped asparagus and lay on a pre-greased sheet pan. (Do not over-stack.)

*Place in the oven and cook for 10 minutes or until prosciutto is slightly crispy. *Remove from oven and immediately sprinkle salt, fresh ground black pepper, and parmesan cheese to taste. *Arrange on a serving platter.

Preparation of the Roman oil: *Pour extra virgin olive oil into a small saucepan and warm up on medium heat for 2 minutes.

*Turn the heat off and add dry herb blend and orange zest; stir. *Serve alongside prosciutto-wrapped asparagus as a dipping sauce.

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