Wednesday, August 13, 2014

"M" as in MEATBALLS for Alphabe-Thursday

It's that time of the week again.  Yes, it's time for Alphabe-Thursday sponsored by Ms. Jenny at Jenny Matlock..."off on my tangent."  This week we are studying the letter "M" as in MEATBALLS and Spaghetti dinner.  The "kids" love it!  UH-OH!
Actually, my real kids have always enjoyed Italian Spaghetti and Meatballs.  It's a family favorite.  Normally, we have it for Christmas dinner.  This year we also had it a few weeks ago due to a special request.

I thought I'd share that recipe with you. We've been using this recipe for at least 45 years.  The original recipe came from the cookbook "Recipes on Parade - Meats" and includes 2000 world wide favorites of Military Officers' Wives.  (I took that right off the cover.)  The book was published in 1964 and I purchased my first copy while my husband was in the Navy.  That one fell apart and a few years ago I replaced it with a copy I found on Ebay.

My kids love Italian sausage, so we throw some in the pot with the meatballs.  We also use Italian sausage in the meatballs and I brown them on a cookie sheet in the oven.  I double the meatball portion of the recipe so we have lots of meatballs in the sauce.  These are just a few of the changes we've made.  Enjoy!



Famous Italian Spaghetti

2 cloves of garlic, minced
1/2 c. onion, chopped
3 T. olive oil
1 1/2 pounds of ground beef  (I usually just use 1 pound)
1 6 oz. can tomato paste (I always use Hunts)
1 8 oz. can tomato sauce (I always use Hunts)
1 1 lb. can tomato puree (I always use Hunts and this size can is no longer available.  It now comes in a smaller size can so I buy enough to have at least one pound.  It ends up being a little over one pound and I use it all.)
2 t. sugar
2 c. water
1/4 c. parsley, chopped
1 small bay leaf
1/4 t. rosemary
1/4 t. basil
1/4 t. thyme (I leave out)
1/4 t. allspice
1/4 t. oregano
1/4 t. pepper
1 t. salt (I omit)
1 4 oz. can undrained mushrooms

In large sauce pan cook garlic and onion in oil until golden brown with 1 1/2 pounds of ground beef, add remaining ingredients, cover and simmer gently for two hours or longer.


Meatballs
(I double the below recipe so we have lots of meatballs in the sauce.)

1 lb. ground beef.
1/2 pound bulk pork sausage (I use Italian sausage removed from the casing - half sweet and half hot.)
2 T. onion, chopped
2 T. celery leaves, chopped
1/2 cup dry breadcrumbs (I usually use cubed bread.)
1/4 cup milk
1 egg
1/2 t. salt (I omit)
1/2 t. pepper
1 clove garlic, minced
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese

Combine all ingredients; shape into 1 inch balls (mine are larger).  Brown, drain fat. (I cook them in the oven on a cookie sheet sprayed with Pam.)  Add to sauce and simmer 30 minutes.  (I simmer a bit longer.)  Serve over spaghetti.

Italian Sausage

I cook sausage links in oven.  Usually a 1/2 pound of sweet and a 1/2 pound of hot.  Prick them all over with a fork.  Place in one inch of water in pan and cook 20-30 minutes on each side in 350 degree oven.  Watch and adjust time.  Slice at an angle and add to sauce when you put in the meatballs.

(This is from Recipes of Parade - Meats, 2000 worldwide favorites of Military Officers' Wives...with my changes.)


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Wednesday, August 06, 2014

"L" as in LICK for Alphabe-Thursday

We're back again for Alphabe-Thursday.  This week we are studying the letter "L" as in LICK.
In keeping with my doll theme for this round of Alphabe-Thursday I chose "L" as in LICK.  The kids like to LICK ice cream on a hot summer day.
L-R: Vintage Reproduction AA Ginny, Vintage Reproduction Ginny, Vintage Reproduction Crib Crowd Ginny, Modern Jill, Madame Alexander boy, Vintage Strung Ginny

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Thursday, July 31, 2014

"J" and "K" for Alphabe-Thursday

Last week we were again without phone, television, and Internet for a few days.  It's getting a bit ridiculous.  We still don't know what was wrong.  We called and the earliest AT&T could get someone out was sometime Saturday between 8 and 8.  A 12 hour window!  Fortunately, for some unexplained reason it all came back on before Saturday.  I stayed home on Saturday anyway since no one ever called to cancel and I have no earthly idea what was wrong this time.  I don't have a lot of confidence that anything is permanently fixed.  My son got a message on his cell phone Sunday or Monday from someone saying they had no idea when they'd be here...they were swamped.  While it's working I better hurry and get this post up before I find myself doing J, K, and L next week!

So, this week I'm making up last week's letter "J" assignment and this week's letter "K" assignment.

Welcome to Alphabe-Thursday sponsored by Ms. Jenny at Jenny Matlock..."off on my tangent."
In keeping with my doll theme I thought I'd tell you a little about the Vogue JILL doll.  "J" is for JILL.  The Vogue Doll Company first introduced JILL in 1957.  She was supposed to be the Vogue Ginny doll's teenage sister.  She was a 10 1/2 inch tall bent knee walker made out of hard plastic.  There were different hair styles and colors.  She was produced from 1957 until 1960.  Another version appeared in 1962-1963 and 1965. 

I'm primarily interested in the version made from 1957 through 1960.  Vogue also made some wonderful fashions for JILL.  If you're interested in learning more about this vintage doll there is a website devoted to JILL.

The JILL on the left in this picture is a vintage JILL.  She is wearing a vintage Vogue dress that survived my childhood.  I no longer have my childhood JILL, but found this replacement doll on eBay.
The JILL to her right is a reproduction JILL produced by the current Vogue Doll Company in 2012.  I think they did a wonderful job with this reproduction.   I was thrilled when she came out.

"K" is for KITTIES.  My dolls have plenty of KITTIES...just like me!  I rounded some up for this picture.  I know I have more in a Zip Lock bag somewhere, but I was in a hurry today and this is what I found.
The Ginny on the left is my childhood doll.  She is what's called a 1954 painted lash walker.  The rest are vintage Nancy Ann Muffy dolls and vintage Ginny dolls.  See all the KITTIES in front of them?

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

"I" as in ILL for Alphabe-Thursday

Welcome once again to Alphabe-Thursday sponsored by Ms. Jenny at Jenny Matlock..."off on my tangent."


This week we are studying the letter "I" as in Ginny suddenly became ILL.

In keeping with my doll theme here's Ginny.
Miss Jill is her nurse.  Ginny took her medicine and is feeling much better now.  No need to worry.

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Wednesday, July 09, 2014

"H" as in HORSE for Alphabe-Thursday

Welcome to Alphabe-Thursday sponsored by Ms. Jenny at Jenny Matlock..."off on my tangent."


Today we are studying the letter "H" as in HORSE.

In keeping with my doll theme...

Since this is Texas my Ginny has to have a HORSE.
Of course, a stable for HORSES is necessary too.
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