I guess I should really post this one on a weekend but that would break my pattern of sharing a recipe on Mondays (Menu Monday). With the start of football season I wanted to share one of go-to recipes for game watching or other crowd type events. Hey, back in my single days I even made dinner out of this on occasion. I try to avoid posting brand names but this recipe just isn’t the same without the brand name items. It isn’t an original recipe by any means but is a favorite.
I’m in the middle of a cookbook project so I’m sharing one of the recipes from the cookbook. This was one of my favorites as a kid. Although it was torture smelling it cook all day long. Our dog Polly would drool puddles just over the smell, I think it was one of her favorites too. My version of Crock-pot Spaghetti is roughly based upon this recipe.
Enough tomato products to fill a crock-pot
1 chopped onion
5 T parsley
1 tsp garlic
3 t oregano
1 tsp anise
1 ½ lbs ground meet
1 egg slightly beaten
1 ½ tsp salt
1 tsp basil
12 tsp black pepper
Fill crock-pot with tomato products.
Add onion, parsley and garlic. Allow to simmer for a minimum of 6 hours.
During the last 30 minutes of cooking, add oregano and anise.
Next, prepare spaghetti according to directions on package.
In a mixing bowl, combine ground meat, egg, basil, salt and pepper.
As a child, I enjoyed spending time with my Granddaddy C. He was my hero. Even though he died shortly before my 10th birthday, I was able to spend a lot of time with him. During my preschool years, I was able to spend a week with my grandparents every couple of months or so. He always had time for me. I enjoyed the time we spent together.
Robin Williams passed away yesterday from an apparent suicide attempt. Yes, I said it the s word. A word we often shy away from when someone dies of a suicide words like selfish, coward, or weak are used to described the deceased. If someone dies from cancer they are of often described as brave, long-suffering and courageous. In both cases family and friends are left to pick up the pieces and learn a new normal without their loved one.
Robin Williams was a gifted actor whose movies made me laugh even during rough times. He had a unique gift for making others laugh. It makes me sad that someone so gifted at making others laugh was so deeply troubled by his own demons. It makes me sad that unlike cancer suicide is preventable but in our “modern” society we are afraid, embarrassed, unwilling or whatever other reasons to attack finding a cure for suicide with the same fervor that we attack finding a cure for cancer, diabetes, AIDS or other diseases/disorders. We need to remove the stigma of mental illnesses like depression; seek to provide support not rejection.