Arrived at Mom’s for a 2 week visit. She wanted to have spaghetti, and I helped a bit to put it together, but basically followed her instructions.
She uses Ragu, for convenience. I “defrosted” about 2/3 pound of hamburger by cooking it in a frying pan till one side warmed, turning it over and scraping off the cooked bits while the other side warmed, etc. for perhaps 10 minutes. We didn’t use all of that meat, perhaps 3/5 of it – put the rest in the fridge for a future use. As always, Mom was concerned about not having enough stuff to feed everyone (as usual, needlessly), and wanted me to cook 1/2 a package of spaghetti for three of us (Ronzoni thin Spaghetti), and more than half a 12oz jar of Ragu. Needless to say, there was a lot left over, but that makes me lunch for a few days, so no problem. Mom also cut 1/2″ thick slices of iceberg lettuce, and put out some pre-peeled mini-carrots, and served a couple of dressings with these. I had the 1000 Island Lite, which was fine. Mom also cut small slices of a multi-grain baguette that they like, and buttered one side of each slice, and then broiled them. We ate around the TV, watching the recorded news shows.
We all had Mom’s favorite wine, Corbett Canyon Chardonnay, which comes in a box. I followed the lead and put in ice cubes to cool it down a bunch. I found a red wine stash from previous visits in the most excellent, cool cabinet in the den, and will indulge in these in future. Also expect to buy a batch on my bus-driven shopping trip tomorrow.
I bought the “Two Degrees” fruit and nut bars on the plane for $3.99, and had those for lunch, along with the two dimply tangerines I’d brought, and a Luna lemon bar that D bought for us, given the dicey morning food possibilities. I found the Two Degrees bars quite good, and would buy them again. The Luna bar was its usual delicious self. Lemon Zest is definitely the best. I think the Two Degrees bars were a cherry/almond and an apple/pecan, but I might have those mixed up. Both good, but if I had to choose, I’d choose the cherry one. Whichever nut it was…