Moments with Momma – volume 2
October 20, 2020
Hello again! We are so glad you are here! Things have been heating up around here – especially in the kitchen. The kitchen is where Mom and I have found common ground. Finding common ground is what has made this work for us.
We wanted Mom to move in. We prepared for her to move in. We planned and schemed and thought we had done all the things to insure a smooth transition; however, when the time came, it was still a huge adjustment for everyone. The last time we had lived together I was an 18 year old kid heading off to college with no idea of what I wanted to do with my life. Mom ran the household exactly the way she wanted to. We all followed her house rules. Now she was moving into our house where I ran the household exactly the way I wanted to. I had been running our household for 36 years. I’m not going to lie, I’m a little bit bossy and I run a pretty tight ship. So here we were, two grown women each use to being the Queen of the Home.
In my mind, my role was to make Mom my patient, to care for her every need, make sure she was safe at every moment, make sure she was taking her medication correctly and so on – you know, be the Warden. All she wanted was a safe place to live where she could be as independent as possible and to have someone to do things with. So, it took us a minute. Then it started coming together.
She had collected recipes from her friends for decades. She brought them all with her. I had a 4 week rotation of menus already prepared that worked for me. But it isn’t about me. It is about us. We have come to a workable arrangement. Mom plans the weekly menus using all her favorite recipes and we cook together. It has been so much fun! She is sharing favorite foods from her life and we are spending so much great time together in the kitchen. While we are cooking she gets to tell me about who she got the recipes from, when she got them, what was going on and a bit about the people who gave her the recipes. Truly a winning situation for everyone.
Last night our dinner was so good I definitely heard the angles sing. We want to share the recipe with you! Here’s to finding common ground!
Emillie’s Pasta – from Barb Godzwa
1 lb sweet Italian Sausage
1 lb hot Italian Sausage
4-5 cloves of garlic – I use the minced garlic in a jar with olive oil
1-2 teaspoons of red pepper flakes
2 teaspoons dried basil
2 teaspoons oregano
1 teaspoon of Italian seasoning
2 cans diced tomatoes with garlic and oregano – juice and all
1 lb ziti pasta
1 bag of baby spinach leaves
2 cups shredded mozzarella
1 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
- Brown the sausage in a large pan breaking it up into small pieces. Drain and return to pan.
- Add the garlic, red pepper flakes, basil, oregano and Italian seasoning. Stir to mix thoroughly.
- Add diced tomatoes, juice and all.
- Simmer for 15 minutes.
- Cook your pasta according to package instructions. Drain but reserve 1 cup of pasta water.
- Combine sausage mixture and pasta together into one pot over medium heat. Mix well
- Add spinach leaves (remove large stems) and stir together.
- Add the reserved pasta water, shredded mozzarella and parmesan. Stir well and heat until the cheese is melted.
NOTE: If your mixture seems to need more liquid, I added about a cup of heavy cream when I added the cheeses.
NOTE: Do yourself a huge favor and buy a block of parmesan cheese. Use your cheese shredder/grater to shred it right before adding it to the pot. You will not be sorry!
The end result was beyond magnificent – a religious experience actually! We added roasted broccoli for a side and a grape salad for dessert. Oh my, Oh my, Oh my!
Bonus points!!! Because this recipe makes such a large quantity, we fed the 4 of us and had enough left over to freeze for another meal!
Thanks so much for being here with us!