"We are family
I got all my sisters with me
We are family
Get up everybody and sing."
~ Sister Sledge
My sisters are here for our annual spring visit.
We've been meeting in April and October for many years. April finds us here one year and in Florida the next. We meet back in Virginia each October.
For dinner the first night, I knew they would enjoy the spaghetti sauce we had growing up. It isn't Italian. Our mother never claimed it to be. How she came up with the name is a mystery.
We grew up in the Roanoke Valley (southern end of the Shenandoah Valley)
surrounded by mountains.
The most familiar is Mill Mountain, home to the big illuminated star that gives Roanoke the distinction of calling itself the Star City of the South.
It also provides a splendid panorama of the city in the valley below.
Mill Mountain is home to a secluded area called Lovers' Lane
but I wouldn't know anything about that!!
Here's the recipe.
I hope you will try it and enjoy it as much as we do.
Mother's Mill Mountain Spaghetti Sauce
2 Tbsp vegetable oil (I used olive oil)
1 cup diced yellow onions
1 cup chopped green peppers (for us a mix of yellow, orange and red peppers--no green)
1 tsp garlic powder (I used two fat cloves of garlic, minced)
1 pound hamburger meat (I used ground sirloin)
1 8-oz can sliced mushrooms (I used 8 ounces of fresh mushrooms quartered)
2 tsp dried oregano
1 bay leaf
1 tsp sugar
2 Tbsp tomato paste
1 24 ounce can of marinara sauce (I used some I had frozen from last fall)
Salt and pepper to taste
1. In a large sauce pan, heat the oil. Add the onions and peppers and saute over medium heat for five minutes. Add the ground meat, breaking up well and saute for about five minutes, stirring often. Add the garlic and saute for one minute (or the powder and just keep going). Add the mushrooms and saute an additional three minutes.
2. Stir in the oregano, bay leaf, sugar, tomato paste and marinara sauce. Simmer, partially covered for 30 minutes, stirring often. Taste and adjust the seasons.
3. Serve over pasta and pass the Parmesan