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       Title:  Salmon with Asparagus Sauce
  Categories: Seafood, Masterchefs, Frisco, Relf
       Yield: 4 servings
   1 1/2 lb Asparagus, medium/small                  Salt (to taste)
       2 oz Butter, unsalted                         Pepper (to taste)
       2 c  Cream, heavy                  
       8 ea Salmon, steaks, 3/4-inch            2 oz Butter
            -- thick, boned                
   For the Sauce:
        Wash the asparagus and snap off the white ends.  Set aside all tops
   and half that number of ends.  Plunge the tops into a large pot of salted,
   boiling water and cook until limp but not for too long. (Note: Cook
   slightly longer than for eating.  If undercooked, they will not process
   well; if overcooked, they will taste earthy.)
        Drain the asparagus thoroughly and, while still hot, run it through
   food processor with unsalted butter for 3 - 4 minutes until smooth,
   scraping down the sides of the processor frequently.
        Meanwhile, chop asparagus ends to remove the dry hard field cuts and
   simmer with cream.  Cook the ends slowly for 20 minutes, then strain,
   pressing through gently.  Just before serving, combine asparagus, butter
   and cream.  Heat slowly to just below boiling point. Adjust the seasonings
   to taste.
   To Assemble:
        Salt and pepper the salmon steaks.  Melt the butter in a heavy enamel
   or copper saute pan.  When the butter begins to brown, add salmon and cook
   one side for 30 seconds.
        Remove the pan from heat, turn the salmon carefully, and let cook in
   the hot pan off of the heat for 30 seconds.  Salmon will still be quite
   rare.  If you like your fish done more, add to the cooking time slightly.
   Don't overcook!  The salmon loses a lot of flavor when overcooked.
        Place the salmon on a towel (cloth or paper) to drain.
        Just before you finish cooking the salmon, spoon some of the sauce
   onto heated plates; then place the cooked drained salmon on top of the
   sauce and serve immediately.
        Preparation time:  1 hour
        Source:  Great Chefs of San Francisco, Avon Books, 1984
        Chef:  Bruce LeFavour, Rose et Le Favour, St. Helena,
        :      Napa Valley, California
        Pastry Chef:  Ann McKay