This quote is from legendary chef, author and television personality Julia Child. I recently returned from my hometown of Lakeland, Georgia where I attended a family reunion as well as my 30 year high school reunion. Fortunately for me, I was the coordinator of both events and planned them to coincide on the same day at the same location.
Relatives on Mama's side gathered with 35 in attendance. Classmates, spouses, teachers and other friends numbered 40. We had enough food between both events to cater at least two other events. For the family reunion, Paula requested I make Mama's Dressing. In addition to that I made Baked Asparagus. This recipe was a family favorite and we often had it on occasions like Thanksgiving and Christmas. The recipe was submitted by Ruth Bradberry Patten, otherwise known as "Too-Too". She was Granddaddy's second wife and the recipe is one she submitted to the Flatlanders' Cookbook.
1 large can green tip asparagus
1 C. slivered almonds
1 C. grated cheddar cheese
2 C. Half and Half
2 C. saltine crackers, crumbled
2 T. melted butter
Preheat oven to 350° F. Arrange in baking dish in layers all ingredients, except for half and half. When done pour half and half over layers. Sprinkle crumbs over top and let stand for about 10 to 15 minutes. Bake for about 20 minutes until thick. Cut immediately.
Cooks note: Mama never used the slivered almonds and therefore I omit them when I prepare this. Also, I prefer to use Ritz Crackers instead of saltines.