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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • STAY ONE JUMP AHEAD OF TROUBLE, 1945

New Orleans: 1964

New Orleans: 1964

Here are my mom, me (wearing the hated glasses) and my brother Jeffrey again; this time in front of the Café Du Monde in New Orleans; probably taken in 1964. We'd drive over from Houma, where we then lived, and spend the weekends. The New Orleans farmer's market was a fun place to visit in those days; we'd go there after a trip to the Audubon Park Zoo. Point me toward the beignets, please!

After having our fill of powdery donuts and chicory coffee, we'd wander through the French Quarter until evening, then we'd have dinner in an Italian place called, I believe, Madame Turchi's or Turci's. It had the best spaghetti and meatballs I've ever had, before or since. The lady who owned it evidently had been an opera singer at one time long before and she and my mom were great friends. Wonderful days! View full size.

Turci's Spaghetti Sauce

Thanks for the nice comments. I'm reluctant to post a two-and-a-half page (I printed it in 14-point type) recipe, and am also reluctant to post a link to another site here. Violating the rules or hospitality of Shorpy.com is not something I want to risk doing; it's the best site out there.

That being said, if you Google the term "Spaghetti Sauce alla Turci" you'll find it! And I bet you'll agree it's worth the download!

Reading the history of that restaurant reminded me of their ravioli, which has been unequaled in my life since those days. I had ravioli in a NYC restaurant (forgotten the name, darn it) that was exceptional, but Turci's is still the best, at least in my experience. It seems many others shared my enthusiasm for that grand old place.

--Jim

Not your average spaghetti sauce

What is supposed to be the recipe for Spaghetti alla Turci is available here: http://www.nomenu.com/joomla1/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&...
It is not trivial.

Sauce recipe

Jim,

Can you share that recipe for us? I am quite interested!!

Love the picture, looks like it was just taken last week.

Recipe...

Care to share the Sauce recipe with the rest of us?
I am always on the lookout for something good.

Thanks, Hoople365!

Not only did Hoople365 confirm that I (unbelievably for me) got the name of the restaurant's owner correctly (Turci), but even found the spaghetti-sauce recipe for me! It seems that I'm not the only one with very fond memories of that grand old place.

Wow! If I can coerce my wife into making this recipe, I'll enjoy a dish I haven't had since 1967 or so.

Shorpy is an amazing site with amazing residents!!!

Thanks!

--Jim

 
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