Sunday, August 30, 2015

Grape Festival Time!

Every August since 1899, folks of all ages flock to the Tontitown Grape Festival, sponsored by St. Joseph's Church. One of the biggest festivals in Northwest Arkansas, the Tontitown Grape Festival celebrates Tontitown's Italian heritage with great live entertainment, a Carnival, an Arts & Crafts Fair, a Run for the Grapes and the annual crowning of the Queen of the Festival.

In the weeks before the festival, parishioners of St. Joseph's
faithfully prepare the ton and a half of spaghetti and sauce for the dinners.

That's a lot of tomato sauce!

The lines to eat are very long, but well worth the wait!

Homemade fried chicken (this is Arkansas, after all) is also served!

There's a grape stomp contest that is very popular!

The carnival is always fun, rides, midway games and fair food.
Lots of happy smiles on kids faces...

Families come out and enjoy the cool night air, having fun and making memories!

The following recipe was clipped from an Arkansas newspaper years ago and is supposed to be a recipe from Mama Z's at Tontitown, Arkansas.

Spaghetti Sauce (Mrs. Arch Featherston)
1 large onion, chopped
1 cup chopped celery
1 pound ground beef
1 15 ounce can tomato sauce
1 6 ounce can tomato paste
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon oregano
garlic to taste
1 4 ounce can mushrooms
1/4 pound parmesan cheese
In heavy pan, brown onion, celery, and meat. Drain. Add tomato sauce and tomato paste, salt, oregano and garlic. Cover and simmer over low heat several hours, stirring frequently. Add cheese and cook until cheese is melted. Serve over cooked spaghetti.
I think one of the Italian women at Tontitown gave this recipe to Mother Chris years ago. Mrs. Morsani used to make spaghetti for her. Chris would give her the eggs and she would not charge her much. Mrs. E. M Morsani's daughter, Edna Lou Zulpo (and now her daughters) own Mama Z's in Tontitown, I still buy spaghetti from them.
Double recipe and 2 pounds spaghetti will serve about 20 people.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Fried Bologna Sandwich

Every week I have to figure it out, what's for dinner? One day folds into a week, then a month, then summer is gone, fall is here, winter is upon us and springtime arrives. I try to mix it up, we've been having a lot of THIS lately. When we get tired of THAT then we try a little SOMETHING DIFFERENT. I really never know what I'm in the mood for until I wake up and say THIS SOUNDS GOOD!

Are you like that too? There's just some things that sound good in the SUMMER when it's too hot to cook. By the time Fall rolls around I'm thinking of FAMILY FAVORITES. Winter is for COMFORT FOODS, stick to my ribs meals. When I can't face another bowl of stew, then SPRING finally arrives with lighter MEALSWhen life seems flavorless, look for something you haven't had in awhile. All of a sudden it tastes good again, but it's not the food. It's you that changes!

I'd love to have you join us on Facebook's Granny Mountain Group... it's a great way to pass along recipes, tips and ideas that we're all finding at Pinterest or even better... potlucks and family recipe boxes! 

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Famous people who may or may not be celebrating a birthday...

Here's a fun little test for you guys to take, see if you can guess who these famous people are!  I'll give you a few hints- 
Likes fava beans...

Loves shoes, anything that is pink or sparkles, just found out she's going to be a Nana this year...

Made Evoo a household word...

Can't get no satisfaction...

Famous judge...

Voted by Time Magazine, Most Influential People in the World...

Stays fit writing her name...

Deal or No Deal...

Can carry a note...

Happy as a Waterboy, Wedding Singer or Big Daddy...

Started as a Pretty Baby...

Still has that same goofy smile... OK, did you guess them right?

Anthony Hopkins, daughter Stephanie who just happens to be celebrating a birthday tomorrow, Rachel Ray, Mick Jagger, Jennifer Lopez, George Clooney, Catherine Zeta-Jones-Douglas, Howey Mandell, Celine Dion, Adam Sandler, Brooke Shields, Eddie Murphy.
Have a Happy Birthday Sweetie!
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