Four WONDERFUL words that kids say…..

Have you ever heard of the Texas dinner bell? Well, in my house it is usually me (or the Major) yelling at the top of our lungs (and since I was a drum major and he is a military man you bet your a$ we can both belt out a pretty hefty yell) “Dinner’s ready”. It is not “dinner is ready”, it is “dinner’s ready”, see, we’re from Texas – land of the made up words. The word “dinner’s” goes along with “yunto” (translated into you want to) and whatcha, as in “whatcha doin’?” .
OK, so , I yell for the kids and as they come sliding around the corner I hear little bit say to P-man “Oh, wee!!! Doesn’t that smell guuuuuuuudddd!!!”, all the while taking very deep and very noisy inhales. All I could do was smile. It does a mom’s heart good to hear that her children appreciate her cookin’.

In case you’re interested, this is what I made:
Turkey Sausage (Pepridge Farms)
Kraft Macaroni and Cheese (yes, we are into traditional American food)
and Baked Asparagus Casserole

It was so good – even the kids ate every bite! Here is the recipe for baked asparagus casserole:

2 Lbs. Fresh asparagus (or frozen or 2 regular size cans of spears, drained)
2 hard boiled eggs, diced
2 Tbs. Butter
2 Tbs. Flour
2 cups milk
1 cup bread crumbs
salt and pepper to taste
1/2 cup crushed Lays potato chips
1/4 cup grated cheddar

Break the fresh asparagus into 1 inch pieces and boil or steam until tender. If you use canned, you do not need to cook it yet.
Cook, cool and shell eggs.
Make a cream sauce by melting the butter in a saucepan then whisk in the flour. Stir over medium heat for 5 minutes then add milk and whisk until it is the consistency of a creamed soup. Add bread crumbs and salt and pepper.
Cover bottom of casserole dish with a layer of cream sauce then a layer of asparagus then a layer of egg.
Repeat until dish is filled. Sprinkle top with cheese then potato chips. Cover and bake at 350 for 30 minutes, removing the lid for the last 10 minutes.
Serve hot.

I don’t know how many servings it makes or any nutritional information on this recipe. It is an old family recipe that we usually have during the holidays. I hope you enjoy it, but if you choke, puke, mess it up, burn your house down, or have any other problems with it or as the result of making it, I am in no way responsible. It ain’t my fault you can’t cook……

Here’s to clean plates and no dinner table complaining!


One thought on “Four WONDERFUL words that kids say…..

  1. Desert Dweller says:

    Mmmm sounds good, will give the casserole a try. I need more vegetarian recipe ideas. Glad your dinner went well, my little one asked for a special treat. (to eat dinner in front of TV) Said yes, against my better judgement. All went well until she got off the chair with the tray and messed her whole plate of dinner on the floor. I was mad.


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