U is for Uncle Roger
My Uncle Roger is a man of many talents, including entertaining his nieces and nephews, and great nieces and great nephews. He lived with our family for a year when I was about 7 years old. I can remember many nights of playing war board games with him and my brothers, and spending many summer days at the casting pond in the arroyo near our home, looking for tadpoles and frogs. We used to drive to the pond in Roger's '67 VW Beetle, which he STILL drives! He does all the mechanical work on it himself.
One December, Roger was home watching John and me. For some reason John and I got into a fight, and started wrestling by the Christmas tree. I won (maybe John has a different memory). But I remember Roger just watching us and laughing.
Roger now is a big hit with the grand-nieces and nephews. They love to go exploring with him, looking for bugs, tadpoles, and other vermin.
He is a proficient gardener, even selling many of his vegetables to local restaurants. He has given me lots of good tips for gardening, introduced me to a yummy veggie pizza (onion, olive, and bell pepper-which my high school friends ordered for me for my birthday our senior year, just because they knew I liked it...) and shared some good recipes, including his famous "No-Dead-Animal Pasta Sauce":
1 can tomato sauce
1 can dark red kidney beans (drained and rinsed)
1 stalk celery, chopped
2 carrots, chopped
1 green bell pepper, chopped
1 small onion, chopped
1 cup green beans, cut into inch long pieces
1 can olives
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tsp. Italian seasoning
Saute onion and garlic in a little bit of olive oil. When slightly translucent, add celery, carrots, and green pepper, and saute for 3-4 more minutes. Add all remaining ingredients, and let simmer until sauce thickens slightly. Serve over whole wheat angel hair pasta.