Saturday, June 13, 2015

Whatever Sauce (Spaghetti Sauce #4) --Friday Friend Cookbook Recipe #56

Friday Friend Recipe #56: Whatever Sauce-- Spaghetti Sauce #4

Making my way thru my Friday Friend Cookbook, one recipe at a time.
What is the Friday Friend cookbook: I have about 50 of my closest friends and family on an e-mail forum which I called the Friday Friends (from all over the county). At first, most of them didn't know each other, (they knew me) but over the past 15 years, we've answered and shared silly--and serious---questions, exchanged Secret Santa Christmas gifts, had a dieting contest in which we paid a $1 a week and that money went to a scholarship fund for a Friday Friends son's memorial scholarship, and we went on a great vacation for my 52 birthday.

AND, we contributed recipes for a cookbook.
Which brings me to this... recipe #56

Aunt Darleen's
Whatever Sauce

Before I get to the jist of the post--- featuring recipe and photo/story of the FF who turned in this recipe, I just need to vent for one moment.
We are the Beverly hillbillys of computers!
I have an old one. Handyman had an old one.  (which he has rigged up in his man camp/garage--an old laptop where the screen doesn't work, so it's hooked to a monitor somehow??? )
We have my mom's old one.  Which I am using because mine needs to go into the shop.
And we have this one.  I have no idea what, when, where it came from, but probably from our old dry cleaning business.
It's old, but it works, altho I am out in the man cave/garage/sweat shop!!
Because somehow I managed to break my mom's computer this morning too!!
So now, we have 2 computers waiting to go to the shop, and one hooked held together by duct tape (sarcasm) and this one, which is old.
Sigh... the Handyman LOVES to 'fix' things, but I say, I'm on my way to get myself a new computer.
The end.
And now... on to a recipe from my favorite Aunt-in-law!

Whatever Sauce
Darleen Evans
Pasco, Washington

In the words of Aunt Darleen:

Since I have only made spaghetti 4 times in 26 years of marriage, I guess I would use Ragu or Prego--whatever comes in a jar.

The Handyman and I were at our cabin in Oregon when I made this.  It rained the whole weekend, which was glorious for me!  I read 2.5 books.
I looked like this:

Even tho the spaghetti was not fancy, it was warm and filling --- and really, how can you go wrong with pasta?  And big chunks of real garlic on the bread (just like my mom  used to do).  Poor Handyman---that was a lot of garlic.
I did add some ground beef to this sauce.

Notice I am dating the recipes when I do a blog post about them.  So I can keep track.

This is Darleen's 1st ever apperance in the Friday Friend Cookbook Countdown.
Darleen is the Handyman's Aunt.
She is on the far right.  (next to the Handyman's sister, LeAnne--who, altho is a Friday Friend, sadly, never turned in a recipe for the cookbook)
Aunt Darleen is only a few years older than the Handyman and she always tells him to:  eat his green beans!
He hated green beans as a child. Oh yeah!  He still does.

Her funny story---
the Handymand remembers when he was about  12 and they went to visit his grandma... Darleen was about  16 and she was supposed to go buy herself some shoes, but instead, she came home with 2  45records.  One of them being "Red Rubber Ball".
His grandma just looked at her and said,  "I hope that Red Rubber Ball keeps your feet warm this winter."
And Darleen said (in that snarky teenage, whisper behind your mom's back kind of voice) " yep, Red Rubber Ball will keep my feet warm this winter!"

More important than shoes anyday!


Kate said...

Fun post! It sounds as though a new computer is in your future and well deserved!

Susan Lindquist said...

Oh, baby! The hits on 'Red Rubber Ball' just hit a new high on Youtube! Pasta's good for all occasions - Prego or otherwise!

bermudaonion said...

Aunt Darleen sounds hilarious!

Beth F said...

Ha!!!!!! I remember Red Rubber Ball -- and may have even had a 45 of that myself.

shelleyrae @ book'd out said...

Gosh we have Spaghetti at least twice a month! I hope you get your new computer.

Happy cooking

Shelleyrae @ Book'd Out

JoAnn said...

That recipe is hilarious! And a rainy weekend in a cabin with a few books sounds pretty wonderful to me :)

Marg said...

You won't know what to do with yourself when you have a new computer!!

Aunt Darleen sounds like a hoot!

Laurie C said...

Hope you get your new computer! My husband has been cursing and swearing over his old laptop for months, but mine is newer and still humming along great. Love that spaghetti recipe! My husband used to make homemade sauce in a big pot, with meatballs and everything. Finally the kids confessed to liking sauce from a jar better, and convenience won out!

(Diane) bookchickdi said...

I love Aunt Darleen!

Karen said...

Haha... I'm married to a Mr. Fix-it, too. It's maddening sometimes. I just want to shout "Just throw it away and buy a new one!!" Haha.

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