|Mother with my sister-in-law, Martha, and
Terry’s brother, Jerry, way back when
She set a pretty table, using her best china and fresh flowers or berries from the yard.
If you stopped by our house, Mother offered you something to drink, along with at least a cookie. Maybe that came from growing up on a farm when travelers often arrived hungry and in need of a drink of water.
|Dorothy Dale & Betty Spencer
Dorothy and Betty were career women who lived in Washington D.C. Every summer, they came home for two weeks.
|Aunt Mary was a sweetheart.|
Aunt Mary lived in Little Rock so it was easy for all four sisters to be together.
When that happened, there was always food involved. And talk. Oh, my yes, lots of talk, cooking and laughter. They didn’t even seem to mind cleaning up. If sisters-in-law were present, they joined in the fun. I was there, too, basking in all the joyful doings.
Afterwards, someone would suggest a nap. They were big on naps.
Aunt Betty, the most adventurous cook, usually brought a new recipe to share. One year she made crepes, another bread pudding. But the dish that got the most mileage at our house was her Curried Spaghetti.
|Mom & co-worker, Bev, enjoyed
a mutual admiration society.
Mother loved to cook up a big batch and invite her office crew in for lunch. She’d extend the dining table as far as it would go and set up card tables in the living room. My friend, Suanne, mentioned those gatherings just the other day.
| Curried Spaghetti, served with salad and
French bread, makes a great company dinner.
Mother’s go-to dish was a hit with my guests. Everyone wanted the recipe. I thought I’d share it with you, too.
Mix sauce and spaghetti together. Turn into a large casserole dish and reheat in the oven it just before serving. Fix it a day or two ahead. The flavor just gets better.)
Serve with condiments such as pineapple bits, diced tomato, chopped hard-cooked eggs, diced green onions, bacon bits, peanuts, chutney, coconut, or raisins.
I passed around peanuts, raisins, bacon bits, and coconut. I especially like the flavor of peanuts and raisins on it.
I had forgotten how tasty this dish is. If you make a batch and invite friends over, they may just want the recipe, too. Let me know how they liked it.
And don’t forget to visit Sarah at Project S.T.I.R.
she provides food for her family…
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