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Originally published May 2, 2007 at 12:00 AM | Page modified May 2, 2007 at 2:01 AM

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Recipe: Homemade Mayonnaise

Makes 3 cups

2 egg yolks*

1 whole egg*

1 tablespoon Dijon mustard

Pinch of salt

Freshly ground black pepper, to taste

¼ cup fresh lemon juice

2 cups corn oil or other vegetable oil, or best-quality olive oil

1. Use very high quality, fresh eggs. Combine the egg yolks, whole egg, mustard, salt, freshly ground black pepper, and half of the lemon juice in a food processor. Process for 1 minute.

2. With the motor running, dribble in the oil in a slow steady stream. When you have added all the oil, shut the motor off and scrape down the sides of the bowl with a spatula.

3. Taste the mayonnaise. Correct the seasoning, if necessary; if you are using vegetable oil, you will probably need the remaining lemon juice.

4. Scrape the mayonnaise into a storage container, cover and refrigerate until ready to use. The mayonnaise will keep safely, if refrigerated, for at least 5 days. Let it return to room temperature before stirring and using.

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Kathy Casey's note: This is one of several Silver Palate flavored mayonnaises designated for asparagus. Julee and Sheila describe it as "light enough not to disguise the wonder of this long vegetable."

* Raw eggs are not recommended for pregnant women, children, the elderly or anyone with immune deficiencies.

From "The Silver Palate Cookbook" by Julee Rosso and Sheila Lukins

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