Family Secrets

I’ve always wished that my family had “secret recipes” that had been passed down for generations. I’m kind of a mutt (Dutch, Irish, Cherokee, and probably more that I can’t think of at the moment), and though there are a lot of great cooks in the family, there just don’t seem to be any sacred dishes. Or if there are, they are so well guarded that I don’t even know about them. Anyway, I was beyond thrilled when the awesome Angeline offered to share her Italian family’s recipe for authentic spaghetti. As you guys know, my spaghetti sauce is usually of the Barilla variety so this was really exciting.

At first I was intimidated by the recipe. There were several ingredients that I NEVER would have guessed would go in a pasta sauce, and lots of “to taste” additions. Luckily Ange patiently answered all of my annoying questions! I spent all afternoon yesterday making the sauce and meatballs, then let it simmer for a few hours. Brian actually got really into it, too. I wanted to use ground turkey for the meatballs, but he gave me the side-eye and argued that it wouldn’t be “authentic.” Ouch.

We ended up having it for dinner tonight over whole wheat spaghetti:

I told Ange I would guard the recipe with my life and don’t want to give away too many secrets, but see that round thing on top? Yep, it’s a boiled egg. According to the recipe, “TRUE Italians eat eggs in their spaghetti!” So can I be an honorary Italian now??

The sauce was DELICIOUS, by the way. Totally worth the effort. I had two giant bowls for dinner and there’s a ton leftover. Thanks, Ange- you’ve officially ruined Barilla for me :)

I slept like a rock last night. I think it was because the temps dropped so drastically last night, so this morning the house was freezing. I always sleep better when it’s cold.

I eventually dragged myself out of bed, threw on some Uggs and made breakfast. My sweet dad bought me this over the weekend and I wanted to incorporate it into breakfast somehow:

Pumpkin butter! I ended up with my typical bowl of plain yogurt, but I topped it with a giant dollop of the pumpkin. It was the perfect addition because it added pumpkin-y flavor AND sweetness, so I didn’t need the usual honey drizzle on top. I topped the yogurt with a chopped pear, Cinnamon Oatmeal Squares and raisins. We’re quickly running out of toppings around here. Crisis!

This afternoon I hit up a brand new Super Target a few miles away for some groceries. I now officially have Super-T envy. It’s so much nicer than the one by our house!! They had a HUGE gourmet cheese section, the makeup aisles had little video screens playing how-to’s, and even the shopping carts were nicer. They were made entirely of plastic and really easy to maneuver. Not quite as awesome as the IKEA carts, but close.

For lunch I heated up some of our Chinese food leftovers from last night: Vegetable Delight over steamed rice. I drizzled it with soy sauce and sriracha but it was still a little boring.

For dessert:

I can’t believe I can still eat oranges after how many I put down during first trimester. For some reason I craved oranges and anything citrus ALL the time (and ice cream, and pizza… but let’s not go there). Oooh, and it’s almost clementine season again!

I have to get up early tomorrow for an 8:30 doctor’s appointment. I’m excited for another sonogram, but dreading that once again I’ll have made zero progress. Fingers crossed, okay?


Does your family have any “secret recipes”?

If so, send them to me… just kidding ;)

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0 Responses to Family Secrets

  1. gammypie says:

    I can’t think of any secret recipes, but there are plenty of family recipes that have been passed down.

  2. Good luck at the doctor this morning!

  3. Sammie says:

    At first sight I was wondering what that was on your plate. Very interesting addition to the sauce.
    I am such a mutt myself – Irish, Dutch, Italian, Sioux, French – probably something else I am forgetting mixed in there as well.
    Good luck at your appointment. I’m keeping my fingers crossed for you. I know exactly how you are feeling – he’s overstaying his welcome now isn’t he? : )

  4. Rose says:

    My g’ma makes gobs (aka “whoppie pies”) and throws some sort of special ingredient in. I’m still not sure *what* exactly it is :)

    Hardboiled egg in pasta? I’ll take it!

  5. Katie says:

    My mom is from Mexico but I was born in Ohio. We lived in a Greek/Polish neighborhood for a year. Growing up, during the holidays she would make perogies, baklava, tamales, and awesome cheesecake. I always thought those were traditional Mexican dishes until I was about 9 or 10…. but now they’re just part of our holiday traditions.
    Just a few more weeks! You get a sonogram today? lucky! I haven’t seen my girl in 6 weeks.

  6. Shannon says:

    ooh, now i want that sauce recipe! i’ve already spilled our family favorites… pierogi’s and babka. don’t recall many from the other half (ironically enough, italian)!

  7. Evan Thomas says:

    I can’t think of any recipes, but I’d like to think we have one. My pumpkin bread recipe was a secret… and now it’s on a blog. My crustless pumpkin pie is a secret that’s going to be on the blog. ALl I can think of is my mom’s homemade meatballs

  8. Jenna says:

    i LOVE super targets! but they don’t have any where i live up here in NE :(

  9. Ange C. says:

    oooohhhh…So glad you finally made the spaghetti!!!! And your questions were totally valid.

    You are an honarary Italian now for sure! Once you make this sauce, you’ve passed the test! (and yes, i can’t even remember the last time i bought jarred pasta sauce b/c nothing…NOTHING…tastes like the real thing!)

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