When the family gets together for dinner on Sunday’s the “kids” are busy watching TV or using their electronic devices. No one even asks, “What’s for dinner?” or “Do you need any help?” of the cook. The indifference makes me uncomfortable. Taking the cook for granted is a no-no, don’t you think?
Do you even have Sunday dinner? Is it an old fashioned idea? Recently a friend of mine told me that he makes sure his family sits down to dinner together at least three times a week. His friends and colleagues are surprised that his family has that going on in their busy lives. What’s odd? My friend maintaining his family through shared food at the dinner table or the fact that people find it remarkable? Tradition and ritual give meaning to our lives. Most of the tradition that is honored in the world is celebrated with food. I was thinking about how, births, weddings, graduations, funerals and all milestones, big and small are marked by the gift of food. The food reaffirms our joy of living through sharing what we have with family and friends.
It doesn’t have to be a formal meal. Pasta usually satisfies many a finicky eater. Summertime is a time to celebrate the bounty of the garden, if you are lucky enough to have one. A simple salad and potato salad with barbequed something, usually brings smiles to everyone.
Here’s an easy crock pot recipe for spaghetti sauce. Suggestion: Serve with a green salad and a nice crusty bread. Don’t forget the Parmesan or Romano cheese to grate on top of the spaghetti.
Spaghetti Sauce And Meatballs from: http://www.spaghettisaucerecipe.net/ Retrieved August 22, 2010.
This recipe is a good one for busy people.
1 pound Ground Beef – use grass fed beef
1 large Onion, chopped
1 clove Garlic, minced
2 (1 pound) cans Tomatoes, chopped
1 (8 ounces) can Tomato Sauce
1 (12 ounces) can Tomato Paste
1 cup Beef Broth
2 tablespoons minced Fresh Parsley
1 tablespoon Brown Sugar
1 teaspoon Dried Oregano Leaves
1 teaspoon Dried Basil Leaves
1 teaspoon Salt
1/4 teaspoon Pepper
Cooked Spaghetti, Noodles or other Pasta
1. Break up ground beef with fork.
2. Add ground beef to crock pot with onion, garlic, tomatoes, tomato sauce, tomato paste, beef broth, fresh parsley, brown sugar, dried oregano, dried basil, salt, and pepper.
3. Cover and cook on LOW for 6-8 hours.
4. Serve over hot spaghetti, noodles or other pasta.