Cheers to the Spears by JEANNE BRIGGS They’re long, green and their tips are packed with fresh flavor. That’s right, it’s asparagus season! Many people view these scrumptious spears as difficult to prepare, and reserve them for special occasions. This nutritious veggie cooks remarkably fast, so your family can raise a fork and say, “Cheers to the spears,” in no time. Cooking Instructions: Boil a half inch of water in a large skillet. Roll up a piece of aluminum foil into a tube and place it inside the skillet around the edge. Add one pound of cleaned and trimmed asparagus with tips resting on the foil. Cover and simmer for 5 minutes, or until the asparagus is tender. Add to your recipes as required. Baked Asparagus Cheese Soufflé 6 slices firm bread, crusts removed 6 slices Swiss cheese 6 eggs 2 cups milk 1/2 teaspoon salt Freshly ground pepper 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg 2 tablespoons chopped onion 18 cooked asparagus spears 1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese Arrange the bread in a buttered 9×13 pan. Top each slice of bread with a slice of Swiss cheese. Beat eggs, milk, onion and seasonings together; pour over bread. Bake at 325F for 25 minutes. Remove from oven. Top each bread slice with 3 of the trimmed asparagus spears. Sprinkle with the Cheddar cheese. Bake another 15 minutes or until custard is set. Serves 4 to 6. Quick Chicken with Asparagus and Provolone 4 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves 5 tablespoons olive oil 2 eggs beaten 1-1/2 cups Italian-style dry breadcrumbs 1 (15 oz.) can chicken broth 1 (10 oz.) can asparagus, drained 4 slices Provolone cheese Heat oil in large skillet. Dip chicken in egg, then coat in breadcrumbs. Brown in skillet on both sides. When chicken is browned, drain off oil. Add broth, and place asparagus evenly over chicken. Lay a slice of cheese over each chicken piece. Cover skillet and cook over medium-high heat for 15 minutes, or until chicken is cooked through and no longer pink inside. Serves 4. Hot Bacon Asparagus Salad 7 bacon strips, diced 1 pound fresh asparagus, trimmed 1/3 cup vinegar 1 tablespoon sugar 1/2 teaspoon ground mustard 1/4 teaspoon pepper 4 cups torn salad greens 1/2 cup sliced almonds 2 […]
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In the four years since the Rockford High School graduating class of 2009 began their high school athletic career, Rockford has earned 31 OK Red conference championships, 20 district championships, eight state championships and many, many individual all-state achievements. Rockford’s Athletic Director Tim Erickson spoke before a crowd-including print and television news crews-on the achievements of 30 graduating student-athletes who announced their college and university choices on Thursday, May 7 at the Rockford Freshman Center. Erickson pointed out that high school players are referred to as student-athletes, and that it is telling that the word student comes before athlete in the term. He said the school is proud to have had these fine athletes among our ranks the past four years, and just as important is the quality of their academic achievements as they leave high school for the next phase in their academic career. In boys baseball, Erickson first talked to Brandon Erhart, who has committed to Adrian College. Erhart called the college a good fit for him, with a good chance that he will be able to play as a freshman. Erhart was recruited as a middle infielder at the college, which in 2008 finished fourth in the nation in their division and qualified for the NCAA Baseball World Series in Division III. Erhart is near the top in almost all offensive categories and holds a grade-point average (GPA) of 3.647. Mike Parsell will play baseball for Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC). Parsell was a dual sport athlete for Rockford, also playing football. “The last time GRCC won a conference championship was in 1988. I’m on a quest to bring it home,” he said. Parsell was senior captain on his team and leads the Rams offensively. As of mid-April, Parsell was leading his team in hits, doubles, batting average, slugging percentage and total bases. He holds a 3.77 GPA. Ethan Post has chosen to attend Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, also playing baseball. As a junior he was voted the Most Improved Player and received Academic All-State honors. At Rose-Hulman, he will play other Division III school athletes, including the Vampires of Transylvania. Post said Rose-Hulman is a good fit for him because […]
Reader Bob Mackie sent in this beautiful shot of the American bald eagles nesting in Rockford. Several other readers have sent in wonderful pictures, but we don’t have room here to print them all. Visit online at rockfordsquire.com to see other reader photos. Share your pictures with Rockford by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Reader Michele Longfield sent in this shot of the American bald eagle nesting in Rockford. This photo was taken on Saturday, May 22, on 12 Mile.