Saturday, March 14, 2015

Time to get Busy

I owe a couple of people some packages so I need to get busy
before it's time to get out in the garden.
I've made some more microwaveable bowl hot pads and 
have to send a couple to my mom.  I find my machine struggles
with the thickness of two layers of batting when I have to sew 
the seams together where the darts are, even though I have trimmed 
them. I have to go very slow but I still think I'm not doing it
the best way even if I follow the tutorials.  Regardless,
they are functional.  I have two double thick here for the microwave
and one single batting layer for cold items like a bowl of ice cream.

Then I found an entire set of Betty Crocker recipe cards
that must have been collected a packet at a time.  There are dividers
for each category with the first card in each set listing all
the recipes in that category.  Then there is a main index.
A couple of the sets are not even out of their packaging
so they are in pristine condition.  Looking at the date on
the index, this must have been from the early 70's.

I paid a whopping $1.99- but that's not all-
I donated some clothes to the thrift store and got
20% off the $1.99!  What a bargain.

My husband's brother and his wife are living next door 
in my mother in law's house since she is up at the nursing home
and they have her box of similar recipe cards.  I said we'll have to each
make a 70's meal once a month and invite the other family.
So twice a month we'll be back in the 70's, which for me was
my high school years.  It sounds like fun but I'm a little concerned.
Does this mean we have to learn to play bridge? ???

Today is the St Pat's parade in town.  I'm not attending but my 
husband is there with the Knights of Columbus setting up the BBQ.
He'll be back soon and we're having a family gathering next door 
with corned beef and cabbage.  It is my least favorite meal
of almost all times  (except for liver) but an Usher family tradition.  
They are all excited, filling their bellies every year with a huge feast.  
I have the rye bread and potatoes.  

This year is different- we're bringing mostaccioli!
This is a St Louis favorite and my mother in laws meat sauce is fantastic.  
You start with a chuck roast, homemade spaghetti sauce ingredients
 and a crock pot. It cooks for hours and hours until 
the meat just falls apart and then you mix in the noodles 
and top your plate off with Parmesan cheese.

Crock Pot
2 lb. Chuck roast
¼ cup olive oil
½ cup chopped onion
2 cloves garlic
2 Tb sugar
1 Tb salt
1 ½ tsp dried basil
½ tsp fennel seed
¼ tsp pepper
2 lb. 3 oz. canned tomatoes
2 6 oz. cans of tomato paste
1 lb. dried rigatoni noodles

Saute onions and garlic in olive oil. 
Put everything, except the noodles, in the crock pot 
Cook until the meat falls apart. 
I start it off on High and then switch to low later on.

Boil the noodles, drain and add to the sauce.
Stir and serve, topped with Parmesan cheese if desired.


Harry Flashman said...

I absolutely love corned beef. My favorite food I think.

I can't play Bridge but I am good at Hearts or Spades!

Patricia @ 9th and Denver said...

I'm glad you gave this recipe after your comment on my son's wedding last week.
This sounds delicious!
I'm pinning this and going to give it a chuck roast I purchase!
Making dishes from the 70's sounds fun...don't know about bridge. Never played...but it sounds like a good time to get the cards out.
Did y'all ever play PO-KE-NO?
my parents played that... they enjoyed it!

Kathy Felsted Usher said...

We had only one tiny container of the mostaccioli leftover which means everyone had a great time. They ate corned beef and cabbage on top of this! Plus two types of appetizer salami (not the deli type) and a spicy Gouda, pub cheese and crackers, dip and horseradish Havarti. Our neighbor who also attended is German and had never had corned beef before. She liked it so much that she had two helpings. Dessert was a homemade cheesecake with mint swirls.

Michelle said...

Kathy use your walking foot on your machine. It is made to sew thru thick stuff.

Kathy Felsted Usher said...

I don't have a walking foot. My Pfaff has a free motion quilting setting so it is midway between up and down so I never needed one. I'll have to ask my dealer which one Pfaff uses.