June 21, 2011

Is there anything better than finding a recipe that tastes good and is good for you?! Here’s one I recently added into my repertoire after we made it during a teambuilding offsite for work. The secret really is 2 tablespoons of water — it helps to steam and bake the spears at the same time, so they come out crispy and tender. My kids literally eat these off my plate. Perfect with roasted chicken or to accompany anything on the bbq this summer!!

Roasted Asparagus with Parmigiano


2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

2 bunches asparagus (about 40 spears), hard ends trimmed

2 tablespoons water

salt and pepper to taste

1/4 cup freshly grated Parmigiano Reggiano

To make:

Preheat the oven to 375 (preferably set on convection bake).

Line a baking sheet with foil. Grease lightly with some olive oil. Arrange the asparagus on the baking sheet in a single layer, with the tips facing in the same direction. Pour the water onto the baking sheet.

Drizzle the asparagus with the olive oil, and season with the salt and pepper. Sprinkle with the Parmigiano.

Roast the asparagus for 15 – 20 minutes or until golden on top and still slightly crisp. Serve hot.

Cluck Cluck

We hit up Hill Country Chicken this weekend. We are fans of Hill Country Barbecue, so we were curious if this was going to be on par. If you don’t like fried chicken, there really isn’t much else to tempt you. But they do have a “Mama Els” version that is skinless, so that’s a little more healthy for you. There are kids meals and combos that can help a family of four eat a decent dinner for under $60, and there’s unlimited refills on the Boylan’s sodas on tap. The biscuits were good and the side dishes seemed like admirable additions (I tried the corn salad). For dessert there are all sorts of mini pies. The kids went for banana cream, Ken had pecan and I tried the fresh fruit. Nothing to quibble about there.

There’s lots of room downstairs for kids to hang out, complete with Lite Brites and video games. I wouldn’t go out of my way, but if you’re in the ‘hood (25th and Broadway), give it a try!


Did everyone have a nice Father’s Day? The weather here was fantastic so that made it even nicer day.

My son isn’t done with school yet so it doesn’t feel like summer is here yet…but almost!


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