Go, go, Power Rangers, I mean Royal Rangers

Our guests this weekend are Royal Rangers — youths from a program that’s built in the spirit of Boy Scouts, only with more embedded Christian values. It’s an impressive program similar to what Awana was when I grew up. (Erika was in it last year and it seems so different now.)

As far back as six months ago, when they first indicated they were coming, they had a request: Spaghetti and meatballs for dinner. And I was only happy to oblige. That dish gives me a chance to show off two of my favorite Italian food tricks:

  • Milk-soaked bread makes the difference between an OK meatball and a superlative one.
  • Parmesan cheese and red pepper flakes make any red sauce better.

For such a simple dinner, these young men are in for a treat.

(Sorry for not posting yesterday. It was a strange week at the newspaper and I found myself in bed at 6:45 p.m. Today was a 15-hour day. Just one of those weeks.)

T H E   M E N U

Saturday breakfast:

  • Pancakes and chocolate chip pancakes
  • Sausage links
  • Cheesy hash browns
  • Assorted yogurt (four kinds)
  • Macintosh apples
  • Chocolate-iced doughnuts
  • Assorted cereal and milk

Saturday lunch:

  • Grilled ham and cheddar sandwiches
  • Homemade chicken and rice soup
  • Ridged potato chips
  • Baby carrots with ranch dressing
  • Patriot pickle spears
  • Homemade chocolate chip cookies

Saturday dinner:

  • Spaghetti and meatballs
  • Green beans Parmesan
  • Crinkle-cut carrots
  • Butter and egg dinner rolls
  • Tossed salad with carrots, cucumbers and grape tomatoes
  • Chocolate confetti cake

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