Memories and Recipe. I'm a true farm girl since 1962...I can plow a field, break a colt, plant the seed, can the corn, milk the goat and make the cheese.
I'm a bit Modern, Very Eclectic and Love Everything Country...camo, too. I love reflecting on life lessons from my front porch ramblings. I'm a COUNTRY WOMAN through and through enjoying my COUNTRY LIVING!
Coupled with Salisbury Steak and dressing what a great meal!
Not long ago, my Aunt Marsha
on my mother’s side was home to Ohio for a visit. My book hadn’t been out very
long and she gladly wanted to see it. Proudly I handed it to her.She thumbed through it as most of us do, and
looked at the many pictures first. What surprised me the most was when she saw
the following recipe on page 95.“Oh
my,” she said with delight, “I love macaroni and tomatoes,” then pulled the
book close to her bosom for a minute, clearly her mind galloping back through
the years to that delightful dish she had long since forgotten.
Of course, I was especially happy
that the recipe was now included—seeing the joy on her face.I didn’t know, at the time I was selecting
it, that it would please so many folks beside myself as they remembered it with
such delight.Maybe you can remember it
too. Have you had it before? Someone told me it was “very popular in the 50’s
and 60’s, cheap and could feed a crowd!” Maybe, you’ll make it tonight or make
a grocery list to get the ingredients and make it soon. That day at the Ole Wayside Inn, I paired it
with some lip smack in’ Salisbury steak (which I hadn’t had in forever) and
dressing—absolutely delicious! I’ve included it here along with my remembrance
that day; when it sparked the moment I knew I had to include the recipe in my
In the farmhouse kitchen of
my youth, there were very few dishes that I didn’t like. We kids played hard
(and worked too), and always came in with hefty appetites so we ate practically
everything.Recently we were in the
Olde Wayside Inn, West Union, Ohio, advertising home-cooked food. Much to my
surprise at their buffet they had Macaroni
& Tomatoes! I hadn’t had that dish in so long. I knew I wanted to include it in this
book and I needed the recipe so I asked, “What do you call this?” The waitress
looked at me like I had three heads and replied, “Macaroni and Tomatoes.”
Feeling silly, I said, “Of course!” then scooped a big spoonful onto my plate
and thanked her. As I ate, with each bite, I was transported
back to the days when I was a happy little farm girl in Mother and Daddy’s
care—with the hair that always needed combed and the green toes that needed washed.
Oh, my, those were marvelous moments in
time, as is this ordinary, but marvelous dish.
Macaroni & Tomatoes
1 cups uncooked elbow
1 can (14.5 Oz.) diced
1-tablespoon bacon grease
(may substitute real butter) or add a pat of butter too!
Salt and Pepper to taste
And a sprinkle of sugar to
taste (or two)
Dust with a dab of flour and
stir in to thicken juice
Cook macaroni per box
instructions. Drain. Then add bacon grease and/or butter while stirring. Add
additional ingredients and cook slightly longer while stirring to infuse
So Here's the Thing...These old family favorites may have seemed to go out of style since the days of drive-thru! I don't spend everyday in the kitchen cooking as I once did. But truth is, resurrecting one of your favorite dishes even if no one else likes it, is something you'll be so glad you did. And maybe, just maybe, you'll be surprised of others that find your "old times dish" delightfully delicious, too! Take Joy! Sherry
Sherry writes a regular weekly column, Take Joy! My Farmhouse Journal for The Brown County Press Newspaper. She recently published her book, A
Farmhouse Journal: Memories and Recipes and is available on Amazon, Barnes and
Noble or locally through her. Visit her website to learn more about her book.