TGIF my Friday Foodies. Have I found some lovely treats to share with you this week!
What were your favorite foods as a child? What do you remember about summer days? Because, let’s be honest, I think most of us picture childhood as endless yards and sprinklers and swing-sets. I know one of the two things I looked forward to when it was time for lunch or dinner was fresh egg salad. Maybe it’s a bit odd for you to imagine this as a childhood favorite, but for me there was something special about the way my Mom made egg salad. There was a smoothness, a crunch, a tangy aspect and so much more. I’ve grown now and I still love this treat. Yes, it’s a treat, I mean after all it’s basically eggs and mayo, and mayo is eggs and vinegar. Eggs Eggs Eggs. FTW.
What you need:
- 5-6 hard boiled eggs (try buying a bag of Eggland’s Best. Perfectly hard boiled and peeled, ready to go!)
- 1/4 cup mayonnaise
- 1/2 green bell pepper – diced
- squirt of yellow mustard
- splash of lemon juice
- black pepper to taste
- Mix your eggs and mayo together until you reach a desired consistency
- Add in your spices, mustard, lemon juice, green pepper or whatever else you want
- Serve alone, on bread, a bed of spinach or in a wrap!
The next thing on my childhood favorite’s list is hearing the can opener and learning we were allowed to have Spaghetti-O’s for dinner! Extra points when it came with the little meatballs too! Well, enter Pennies on a Platter who introduced me to the concept of making your own. Full disclosure I’ve tried canned pasta as an adult and I don’t know WHAT I was thinking as a kid. This recipe is one of my favorites now. I’ve made it 3-4 times in the previous 2 months. Everyone at work is always jealous and I fed it to Jason and he approved too! For my own tastes, the sauce makes enough for 3-4 servings, so I have been doubling the recipe and freezing.
Homemade Spaghetti-O’s with Meatballs
What you will need:
- 1 cup (8 oz) pasta (Ditalini works lovely, but I found if you buy Lipton Soup Secrets Ring-O-Noodle and then rinse off the rings, it looks more authentic! Or if you’re lucky you live in an area where ring pasta is actually sold on its own)
- 15 oz can tomato sauce
- 1 Tablespoon tomato paste
- Spices: Garlic powder, red pepper flakes, black pepper, and salt
- 4 Tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1/4 cup milk
- 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
- 1 package mini meatballs
- Prepare pasta according to package, set aside
- In a large pot on medium heat combine tomato sauce and tomato paste
- Stir in spices to preference (start with about 1/4 teaspoon garlic and black pepper, dashes of red pepper flakes and salt)
- Mix in butter and stir until well blended
- Reduce heat and add milk. To lower the risk of curdling use whole milk
- Finally, add the cheese, stirring constantly and removing pot from heat element if possible
- Place pasta and sauce in serving bowls, add mini meatballs (heat meatballs if needed) and enjoy!
What do you think? Were either of these your favorites as a kid? Are you a parent with kids who love them now? Or maybe an adult who is looking forward to new recipe ideas? Let’s talk food it’s one of my favorite topics. Yum. Yum.