Monday, December 6, 2010
In case you need me to jog your memory of Lark et. al. - see below. It's so bad, its good.
Moving from TV to music, I think we can all agree that the songs from youth stay with us always. When you hear a favorite tune from 6th grade, the memories rush back so vividly, you can even SMELL the era -for me, Sunflowers perfume, Teen Spirit deodorant, and Hot Dog on a Stick corn dogs.
As a kid, it was all about Paula Abdul (was a fan club member), Debbie Gibson (read her book even), Tiffany (specifically "I Think We're Alone Now"), the Bangles (my first record), NKOTB (had the poster from the Scholastic book order), Boyz II Men (First introduction to R&B), Vanilla Ice (early influence of rap), and I could go on...
I polled various guys and gals and the winners for best pre-teen songs for Z's generation are:
For the ladies, Paula Abdul's "OPPOSITES ATTRACT" (how could you not love the cat?).
For the fellas, Boyz II Men "END OF THE ROAD" (the best proverbial "slow song" of the jr. high dances).
See Ms. Paula and the cat below - Go Paula!
I even emulated the Paula style as well by wearing my dad's ties to school! I was cool.
Now let's slow it down with soulful R&B. Do you know that Boyz II Men sold more than 60 Million albums??? This is an INSANE amount for 2010 standards. WOW!
And now the food - Kid food tastes good.
At weddings and parties, I often see adults in evening wear pushing their stuffed chicken breast aside and sneaking food from the 'kids table' because fries, chicken nuggets, pizza, spaghetti, mac and cheese, hamburgers, and apple juice are yummy.
As such, my two picks for the best childhood and adult spaghetti dishes (in fact I ate one of these dishes today) are good ol' Spaghetti and Meatballs and Yogurt Spaghetti (an Arabic style yogurt spaghetti sauce).
Let's recreate some childhood moments with these two tasty kid-friendly dishes.
SPAGHETTI AND MEATBALLS (serves 4)
I love making meatballs because they are fun and easy to prepare, great to make with kids, and versatile for spaghetti or an appetizer with dipping sauce.
Cook the pasta per package directions.
For the sauce, you can of course make this from scratch or you can just go with the very famous Paul Newman sauces (there are many excellent choices) which is my preference. However, to make from scratch, click here
And now for the debut Arabic dish! My mom used to make us spaghetti cooked in yogurt when we were kids and still makes it as a treat up until now. Although it may sound a little weird, it is SOOOOOOOOOOO good and super easy and cheap to make.
YOGURT SPAGHETTI (serves 4)
Here is what you need
1 2 lb. package of dry spaghetti
3 cups low-fat plain yogurt (not Greek-style)
4 cloves garlic minced very fine (if you have one, use a mortar and pestle and pour a little salt over the garlic and mash them up very finely)
salt and pepper
ground beef (optional)
Here is what you do:
Combine the yogurt and garlic. Cook the pasta until well done (not al dente) - about 10 minutes. After draining the pasta, don't rinse it because the natural starches on the noodles will help the noodles absorb the yogurt. Pour the yogurt and garlic mixture of the warm pasta noodles. The sauce should have a wet consistency. Add salt and pepper to taste. Fry pine nuts in a oil and pour on top with the oil. Add cooked ground beef on top if you like. This dish is the quintessential taste of my childhood.
Hope you enjoyed this little trip down memory lane. I am now going to grab some fruit snacks and goldfish crackers before I head to bed.
Hugs and Kisses.