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Spaghetti sauce part of a tradition

August 25, 2010

"This is Mama's spaghetti sauce," said Lorraine O'Neill. "My mother died many years ago but my father has taken over making the sauce. It is a family tradition every Thanksgiving Friday and whenever our whole clan (30 of us and growing) gathers."

Most of O'Neill's family is still in Massachusetts where she grew up, but she has lived and practiced as a physical therapist in Hagerstown since 1979.

O'Neill also makes Mama's spaghetti sauce for meals with friends from the Unitarian Universalist Church of Hagerstown, where she has been a member for 31 years.

- Yvonne Pfoutz, member of Unitarian Universalist Church of Hagerstown, 13245 Cearfoss Pike, west of Hagerstown. For more information about the church, go to http://www.uuhagerstownmd.org .

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Mama's spaghetti sauce



5 16-ounce cans tomato sauce
4 cloves of garlic, chopped finely
2 6-ounce cans tomato paste
1 tablespoon salt
2 6-ounce cans water
1 teaspoon black pepper
29-ounce can stewed tomatoes
1 large onion, chopped finely
6 bay leaves
1 teaspoon oregano

Combine all ingredients in a large saucepan. Simmer for 3 hours. Remove bay leaves before serving.

-- Courtesy of Lorraine O'Neill, a member of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Hagerstown

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