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Lena's Meat and Cheese Goulash

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The Christmas Party

Ahh, Christmas! That wonderful time of year when people gather together to celebrate

the birth of Christ. Everyone does their own thing to celebrate on this fantastic occasion. Some

throw huge parties, some just gather together in their families and honor the occasion quietly.

Either way, just about everyone agrees that Christmas time is the best time of the year. But my

class in 2010, well, we celebrated in a rather different matter. We threw a wild party in which

all of us were required to bring in a food item.

“All right, everyone! Let’s eat!” our teacher, Mrs. Boucher, called over the clamor of our

uproarious class. Everyone cheered as we dug in.

Meanwhile, 1 or 2 weeks earlier, all of my class was highly excited about the Christmas

party that was coming. All’s that anyone cared about was who was bringing what. I remember

thinking of the wonderful, meaty, chewy goulash that my mother had made 4 or 5 weeks earlier

and suddenly blurting out, “I’ll bring in goulash!” My teacher, in the middle of talking over the

finer points of the plan with the rest of the class, looked up in surprise. “Joe, what’s goulash?”

she asked. The rest of the class giggled. I guessed at the time that they were laughing at me for

being so off topic, but later on I realized that they were simply amused by the ridiculousness of

the name. I guess the word goulash does sound funny, if you compare it to other words. But

back to the story at hand.

Finally, on the day of the party, I walked into my classroom to see that the only things

that were different were the arrangement of the desks and the fact that there were some extra

tables out for the food that we were to bring in. I also noticed that there was a short silver

fountain on one of the tables. I didn’t find out what that was for until after we ate our food.

Now, I was by no means the first child into the classroom. There was already a small crowd of

kids clustered around the food tables, pretending to be interested in the mysterious fountain,

but sneaking bites of food when the teacher’s back was turned. I saw that Devon Sundquist

had brought in Swedish meatballs like he said he would. Over to the right of his meatballs, I

once again surveyed the fountain with deep interest. There was no water coming out of it,

so what was it used for? I had a funny feeling that I would soon find out. Once everyone had

arrived, Mrs. Boucher called us all to attention. “Class,” she called, “I have an announcement to

make. You all saw the fountain when you arrived, right? Well, that’s not just any old fountain.

It’s a chocolate fountain!!!” The room was filled with cheering for a couple of minutes; so

loud that my teacher had trouble gaining the attention of the class. “All right, everyone! Let’s

eat!” she finally managed to yell out over the noise. Once again, we all cheered as we dug in.

Everyone agreed that the goulash was the best food there! Every time that I eat the fabulous goulash, I remember the Christas Party.

Submitted by: "Joe R."

Ingredients You'll Need

1-2lbs ground beef
1 medium sized onion chopped
1 medium to green pepper chopped
1 lb elbow pasta
2-3 Tbs of each of the following:
½ - 1 tsp garlic salt (depending on taste)
salt and pepper to taste


1. Bring water to a boil in a large pot and cook pasta.

2. While preparing pasta, add 3T of olive oil into a large skillet and sauté

chopped onion and pepper until softened; add crumbled ground beef and cook

until beef is browned, stirring occasionally. Drain oil from pan.

3. Add either of the following to the skillet: a large jar of your favorite pasta

sauce; or 2-3 cups leftover spaghetti sauce; or 1 can chopped tomatoes, 1

small can of tomato paste and 3 small cans of water.*

4. Add oregano, basil and garlic salt.

5. Add drained pasta to skillet and stir all ingredients together.

6. Salt and pepper to taste.

7. Serve with grated cheese and enjoy!

*This is a great recipe for using up leftover sauce! If starting from scratch

adjust water to tomato paste so dish is not soupy.

Source: A family recipe

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