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The Missing Ingredient
by Victoria Dame
05/31/07
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My Maw-maw, makes the best tasting spaghetti cheese casserole. And no matter how many times I made it, it never tasted like hers. I followed her directions, but it always seemed like something was missing.

I'd always been told that a good cook always left out that one special ingredient. And I was sure that my Maw-maw had done the same thing to me.

One Thanksgiving, I watched her make it. I didn't see anything different. She used the same recipe, that she had given me.

Now I really was stumped. Why didn't my casserole taste the same as hers? That afternoon, when I got her alone, I asked her, "Maw-maw what am I doing wrong? I follow your directions, and it's still doesn't taste like yours."

Maw-maw smiled and replied, "Sugar, let me tell you something my grandmother told me. I went to her with the same question. She laughed at me and said, that the only thing missing was love."

That night after I had returned home, I thought about what my Maw-maw had said. You know, she was right. The reason I made the casserole in the first place, was because it reminded me of my Maw-maw, and all the happy holidays I had spent with her. It reminded me of love.

I again made the spaghetti cheese casserole using my Maw-maw's recipe. And while I was making it, I thought back to all the happy times I had spent at her table. And you know what? My casserole tasted just like my Maw-maw's!

Spaghetti Cheese Casserole:

1 pkg (8 oz) thin spaghetti
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
1 cup milk
salt and pepper to taste.
A Pince of Love

Cook spaghetti according to package directions; drain and place in 13x9x2-inch casserole dish. Add cheese, milk, salt and pepper, stirring gently to mix. Bake covered at 350? for 30 minutes or until the cheese is slightly brown on top layer. If you added the right amount of Love this too will become a favorite of your family.

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