A GRACE FILLED JOURNEY • Spaghetti Will Always Be My Favorite

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Growing up, if you had asked me about my favorite food, I would have told you it was spaghetti. 

Actually, spaghetti with curly noodles. And truth be told, I'd still probably tell you that today.  I think that's why my dad can hardly stand to look at spaghetti anymore.

I can remember ordering spaghetti just about everywhere we went. The old Country Squire was always one of my favorites. Even as a little girl, I always cleaned my plate there when they brought me spaghetti.

The Ariston has always been another favorite. I can remember one time I came home from school and went to eat there with my parents. Since I always ordered spaghetti, owner Demi Adam packaged up some containers of sauce for me to take with me and enjoy back at school.

Yup, you could say that spaghetti has always been my very favorite food. And I have to say that I'm tickled it's become one of Charley's favorites too. She's been fairly picky lately as most toddlers are. 

The other night, Kyle and I were having leftover spaghetti, but I was sure Charley wouldn't eat it. So, I made her a peanut butter and jelly sandwich and cut it into hearts. She started to eat it, but as soon as she saw that I was making spaghetti for us, she promptly told me she wanted "that" to eat and gave me back the plate with her sandwich.

I couldn't help but smile, as I cut up a portion of my dinner and shared it with her, complete with Parmesan cheese on top, which she insists that you continue to add multiple times throughout the meal. 

And while I love spaghetti just about anywhere we go, one of my favorite recipes is the one my mom wrote in my notebook. It doesn't really have any special significance, other than mom said it was one that my dad found in a recipe book when they were first married. 

Perhaps, it's delicious. Perhaps, it's comfort food. Perhaps, it's just lots of fond memories shared around the family dinner table eating my favorite food. 

And I can't wait to make so many more happy family dinner memories eating spaghetti with Charley.

Italian Magnifique Sauce Ingredients

1 pound ground beef

1 onion, chopped

1 6 oz. can tomato paste

1 15 oz. can tomato sauce

1 tsp. salt

1/2 tsp. pepper

1/2 tsp. oregano

1/2 tsp. sweet basil

2 dashes ground allspice

1 tsp. sugar

1/2 tsp. garlic powder

1 8 oz. can water

Brown ground beef with onion. Mix in remaining ingredients and cook for 20 minutes. Serve over spaghetti. Mom always used vermacelli, but I prefer rotini the best!

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