Saturday, March 04, 2006
Today is a big day for Mr. Bug. Today is the Youth Group's Spaghetti Supper - AKA: The Mission Trip Fundraiser. Mr. Bug's sauce - or as we Italians call it 'gravy' - is the big draw.
Mr. Bug spent 14 or 15 years perfecting his spaghetti sauce. It is really really good! We have never experienced sauce in the volume he had to create it this time. Just so you know -- sauce for 100 is very different than sauce for the family.
The shopping trip was a mathematical nightmare. The cans of tomatoes you use for a family of 4 are not the same size you use for a crowd of 100. We were in the tomato isle at Costco calculating ounces to pounds at a mindblowing rate. Mr. Bug has a MS in Math - a true bonus when one is converting a recipe of this magnitude. We got jumbo paint can sized cans of tomatoes, big tubs of oregano and basil, and an enormous bag of onions.
My galloping gourment spent last evening cooking up a storm. I don't think our kitchen has ever smelled better - but it sure has looked better. By the time he was done, every surface was covered with cans, onion skins, tomato dribble, oregano and basil leaves, droplets of wine, and all kinds of other shrapnel. One cannot create a masterpiece without a little mess. The mess was an easy clean - except for the tomato splashes on the wall behind the stove... That took a little more elbow grease than the had imagined. He was really tired when he finished. The galloping had turned into shuffling.
This morning a refreshed Mr. Bug decided to add some sausage to his gravy - you know - for a little more flavor. He's going to cook those up when he gets back from the Men's Breakfast. He'll cut them up and drop them in - mmmm yummy!! The gallop is back.
I just hope we have a bunch of people show up to eat all of this. Do you live in Northern VA? Want directions? Email me at ladybugxing at my gmail.com address. At last count we only had about 30 people who were definitely coming to the dinner. The cost is your donation (whatever you can give) to the Mission Trip Fund - a tax deductible donation, I might add. What will we do with all the left over gravy? I'm thinking we'll sell it. This way, the kids get the cash and we don't have to fill up our itty bitty freezer with gravy.
See you at the supper!
Posted by Ladybug Crossing at 7:43 AM