Happy Birthday, Marmo!

Today is Marmo's birthday!

The above photos were taken from a scrap book I assembled a looooong time ago entitled, "The Complete Hairstyle Index of Marlene Iaciofano." In it, I displayed photographic examples of her numerous hairstyles (The Box jokes that she's had about 742 of them) and numerated them for ease of identification for both herself and her stylists. Personally, my favorite is Baby Marmo, sporting what looks like a wig, but is actually all her real hair. Marmo has a nice head of hair, people. John would like to think he inherited this trait.

In addition to good hair, Marmo has a lot of other fantastic qualities that make her a good mom. Here are some of them:

1. Her refrigerator, while alarming and a potential health hazard, is always stocked full. You will never starve in the Iaciofano house. Unless The Box is there.

2. She makes no sense. In a good way! Marmo has a deep reservoir of energy. Often this comes out in her speech patterns. Like when she attempts to put three thoughts into one sentence.

3. She refers to either John or I as "Johnelana" or "Elanajohn".

4. She always wants to try new restaurants.

5. She likes taking her children to foreign countries like Italy. It's John's turn this time – they depart on Friday.

6. She refers to my dog Toby as "Little Cesar" and "that cute little dawg" (please read with NJ accent). And treats him like her grandchild.

7. She will still make John breakfast.

8. She is an excellent cook.

Below, I am offering you one of Marmo's tried and true pasta dishes:

Farfalle with Sausage

. This pasta dish makes almost everyone happy almost all of the time. It's a Marmo special. The sauce is a tomato cream (the whole tomatoes provide a chunky consistency) with a kick from the red pepper. As for the sausage, if you like extra spice, you can use a spicy Italian sausage. Otherwise, a sweet sausage is a perfect contrast.

What You Need:

1 small onion, chopped

3 Tablespoons olive oil

1/2 teaspoon oregano

1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper

1/4 cup heavy cream

3 cloves of garlic, chopped

4-6 links of sausage, casing removed

1/4 cup parsley, chopped

1 can whole tomatoes

Grated Parmesan cheese

1 box farfalle pasta

What To Do:

Heat the oil in a large pan over medium-low heat. Cook sausage meat, without casings. As the sausage cooks, break it into small pieces with a wooden spoon. Cook until the sausage is browned.

If too much fat has accumulated in the pan, you can drain it off, but leave about 2 tablespoons (a little fat goes a looooong way).

Add chopped onions and garlic and stir.

Add spices and herbs and the can of tomatoes.

Bring to a boil and add the heavy cream. Reduce the heat and cook on a very low heat for 20 minutes.

in the meantime, bring a large pot of water to a boil. Once it is boiling, add about 1/2 teaspoon of salt to the boiling water. Add your farfalle pasta and cook until al dente (check package instructions).

Drain the pasta in a colander, and the cooked pasta into a large pasta serving bowl. Add in the sauce and toss to coat.

Garnish with grated Parmesan cheese, and a little extra chopped parsley.

Serves 4-5 people.

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