SPAGHETTI SAUCE AND BALANCE IN THE EMPTY NEST

Our original plan involved hoarding all the spaghetti sauce we canned until winter but this week, three of the five children were home.  So we decided to open a jar and planned a traditional Sunday dinner.  We made Italian bread, meatballs, salad, and our favorite summer pie with the blackberries and blueberries we picked.  While we prepared dinner, the kids sat at the table catching up, laughing and talking.  As we looked around the table, we realized that this is why we picked the berries, blanched, chopped,  simmered and canned.

The final lesson was apparent to us at last.  How could we have thought, even for a moment, that we should save the sauce until winter?  The kids were here.  Who better to share this meal with?  Those jars didn’t belong in the pantry, they belonged in the pot.

THE MENU:  PASTA WITH OUR HOMEMADE SPAGHETTI SAUCE AND MEATBALLS, HOMEMADE ITALIAN BREAD, SALAD, SUMMER BERRY CRISP.

MEATBALLS

  • 1lb. ground beef
  • 1 lb. ground pork
  • 3/4 cup dry bread crumbs
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tbsp. parmesan cheese
  • 1 tbsp. snipped parsley
  • 1 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. fresh oregano
  • 1/4 tsp. ground pepper

Mix all ingredients well.  Shape mixture into 1 to 1 1/4 inch balls.  Bake uncovered on cookie sheet at 350 degrees until light brown about 20 minutes.  I always cooked my meatballs in the sauce.  I learned this is the traditional Italian way.

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2 Responses to SPAGHETTI SAUCE AND BALANCE IN THE EMPTY NEST

  1. Nothing better than dinner from the garden, except dinner with the kids. Both…gift from the gods. Thank you for letting all of us enjoy it with you.

  2. lillianccc says:

    I think we all tend to want to keep stuff for awhile that took us lots of time and effort to make. But once we share it with people we care about, it makes the time and effort worthwhile, doesn’t it? Lovely post once again!

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