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Are you Ready for Some Spaghetti? 
Jan. 21, 2013 5:04 am 
Updated: Jan. 28, 2013 3:54 am
This weekend was different from a lot of recent weekends in this household. I cooked all our meals right here at home - with the exception of Friday night.  In a prior blog I asked Santa for more time so I could cook and bake more.  Well, Santa has given me what I wanted and I am very happy about that!  This year I have been cooking some pretty good meals for hubby and I.

Saturday morning I got up and stuck a corned beef in the crockpot.  To go with that I made colcannon and SauteedApples.  I threw a handful of dried cherries in with the apples on the suggestion of our own Saveur.  It was a delicious dinner and there was just enough left over for our lunch on Sunday.

Tuesday night while having dinner at our restaurant with daughter and son-in-law; our daughter remarked we hadn't had a spaghetti dinner with our Mexican family in quite a long time.  Plans were made to have them over on Sunday and I would make Federico's favorite: Spaghetti and meatballs.  To go with that we had garlic breadsticks and I made a fruit medley up of strawberries, blueberries, and blackberries.  Those three kids could eat a ton of fruit if you offered it to them!  And, like I always say, what is dinner without dessert? Pretty boring!  So, I made PineappleUpside-DownCake which was a huge hit.

Spaghetti has always been a mystery to me in that I never know how much to make.  There were going to be 9 of us - 6 adults and 3 kids (but 3 kids that eat like adults when it's spaghetti & meatballs!).  The first time I made this meal I had enough spaghetti left over to feed a family of 4 for a week!  So, I cut back the amount of spaghetti to just a pound and a half for the second round.  That meal there wasn't enough and people were practically licking their plates.  Round 3 was this weekend and I decided having too much is better than not having enough.  I made two pounds of spaghetti.  I have enough spaghetti left for Jon and I to eat it tonight and possibly for my lunch on Tuesday.  Next time I think I will stick to the two pounds.  I had 60 mini-meatballs which worked out about right as well.  My new Christmas pot worked perfectly for simmering the sauce and meatballs.

After dinner and dessert, and cappucinos from my Keurig, we spent a couple hours with our friends laughing and being entertained by their three children.  They had attended Kristal's wedding four and a half years ago and conversation turned to that day.  Pictures were brought out and the children had a blast seeing themselves all dressed up and dancing at Kristal's wedding.  They really enjoyed seeing their mom and dad all dressed up having fun, too.  The youngest was only a little over a year old back then and she was quite amazed to see how small she was.

Our weather was good enough that Jon was able to work outside on our siding. I can't wait until he is done. When he is I will post a blog with photos comparing what our house looked like after the tree fell and what it looks like now. I've joked with Steve (who moved to South Dakota a year ago) that when he comes home to visit he won't recognize the house he grew up in!

All in all, it was a fun weekend where there was great food and great memories were made to talk about another time. 
Jan. 21, 2013 6:36 am
Spaghetti is one of those things, isn't it? You either have just enough or a ton of leftovers. Sounds like it was a wonderful dinner!
Jan. 21, 2013 6:48 am
Sometimes I swear that spaghetti noodles multiply as they sit in the pot! It was a great weekend and made even better since I had the day off work today! :)
Jan. 21, 2013 7:09 am
We love Spaghetti and meatballs at our house. It is one of our family's favorite meals. You have made me hungry for pineapple upside down cake. No one in my family likes it but me.
Jan. 21, 2013 7:22 am
Lela - the first time I made it everyone groaned, but tried it. It's now one of our favorite desserts. Last night, my "adopted Mexican 7 yr. old grandson" asked to taste the cake before he took a slice. Then he wanted a taste of the pineapple and maraschino cherry on top. After he ate about half a piece of cake he proclaimed it pretty tasty and wanted a piece. It was too cute!
Jan. 21, 2013 7:52 am
Welcome to every Sunday at my grandmother's house! There's a big discussion every time that ends with my grandmother insisting we need to make a full 2 pounds of pasta... and every week she throws out at least three servings' worth of pasta even after harassing everyone to take leftovers!
Jan. 21, 2013 9:26 am
Ahhh, spaghetti, sauce and meatballs. Can't go wrong. One of my favorite breakfasts is with left over spaghetti cut up, the meatballs crumbled, and the sauce all mixed together then scrambled with eggs.
Jan. 21, 2013 10:25 am
Alex, I'm glad to hear others have this same problem!! I thought I had just inherited it from my mom! LOL
Jan. 21, 2013 10:26 am
bd.weld - that sounds like an interesting breakfast! Would you call that Italian Style Scrambled Eggs?? ;)
Jan. 21, 2013 10:38 am
My mom made it for us as kids and I've been making it for the grands. We call it "Spaghetti Eggs."
Jan. 21, 2013 2:37 pm
Isn't food wonderful? We cook and people come and love and laughter follow. I'm glad you had a nice weekend, happy cooking!
Jan. 21, 2013 5:01 pm
With my brood, left over spaghetti was one of those things I'd read of but never actually seen, LOL! My BIL used to ask for any leftovers because he liked it best cold, for breakfast. (OK, he is a bit odd.)
Jan. 22, 2013 3:02 am
BrokenNeckCook - I've always loved preparing food and then enjoying the fun times after. Food brings out the best in people!
Jan. 22, 2013 3:03 am
BSM: I usually always have plenty of leftovers of anything - I want to be sure and have enough food for everyone. I should have had half a dozen kids - maybe then I'd never have leftovers. LOL
Jan. 22, 2013 8:44 am
I always have noodles left over too. Never have been able to figure out exactly what I need. The next night, I put the cooked noodles on the stove in a pan of melted butter and add every spice I can think of - like basil, thyme, rosemary, garlic powder, onion powder, and anything else I have. It actually is pretty tasty!
Jan. 23, 2013 10:36 am
Paula ... try adding some frozen or canned mixed vegetables, too. That isn't 'leftovers' at our house ... it is a deliberate main course.
Jan. 23, 2013 11:33 am
I don't mind being a little "lean" on spaghetti. That leaves more room for dessert!
Jan. 23, 2013 3:42 pm
Paula - whenever I can "dress up" leftovers it becomes a new main dish. LexingtonNC: Sounds good to add some veggies!
Jan. 23, 2013 3:43 pm
Bibi - I ALWAYS make sure I have room for dessert! :) I've been known to eat dessert first just to be certain I'd have room!
Jan. 23, 2013 4:56 pm
Spaghetti. My main for tomorrow night. I'll be using my new pasta extruder for that. I love having an excuse to get that out! Thanks for the idea!
Jan. 24, 2013 3:20 am
Mike, you're welcome! And I'm going to be out looking for that attachment! Is it pretty easy to use?
Jan. 24, 2013 5:54 am
The pasta extruder is very easy. Having the right moisture content is imperitive for a smooth dough. When you get the extruder, shoot me an email and I'll give you a few ideas.
Jan. 24, 2013 2:41 pm
Thanks, Mike! I hope to be able to get one in a couple weeks.
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I've been married for 32 years, and live in Ohio. We have a daughter who is married and lives nearby. Our son graduated from college and moved to South Dakota. He has his own place but still goes to visit my sister and brother-in-law and have dinner with them occasionally. We have a black lab that gets to go duck hunting with dad, 2 cats, 2 cockatiels. We own a Mexican restaurant and are learning alot about the food industry. I love to eat, go camping, read, spend time with family and friends, watch movies, and drink wine; not necessarily in that order.
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When I was first married we had my grandparent's-in-law over for a pot roast dinner. The meat came out great, but the potatoes and carrots were still half raw. My husband's grandfather went to cut his fork into a carrot and it flew off his plate. He looked at me, winked, and said he loved his carrots that way!
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