I come from a long line of pasta lovers. I had grandparents who were young children during the Great Depression and, consequently, had learned to stretch a food budget to a maximum. Although my family is not of Italian descent, pasta has always been an economical means to prepare a filling meal on a tight budget.
One particular dish that I remember quite fondly was my grandmother's "goulash". I thought it was the most wonderful and fantastic meal that anyone had ever created. It was consistently fantastic each time that she made it and I would eat and eat until I couldn't swallow another mouthful. While my other grandmother would prepare fabulous Sunday meals of roast beef and mashed potatoes, I remember Granny's Goulash just as fondly.
(I just closed my eyes and could almost taste it again.)
I thought my grandmother was the pasta equivalent of Julia Child. When I was finally old enough to ask for her recipe so that I might try to make it on my own, I was flabbergasted to learn that she wasn't the kitchen genius that I had worshipped throughout my childhood.
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