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  • Memories survive in small references and inside jokes. I chuckled to myself the other day, knowing only my family would get it when I say, “I made Tom Greene noodles.”

    It was a rainy day, a good day for cooking and baking and after a few rambling thoughts about food choices, I settled on chicken soup for dinner. I wondered, what could make it a bit more interesting? Ah, noodles. Mom made noodles. But I never have. I like homemade noodles. Because of Tom Greene.

    One memory of one evening with Tom and Diana Greene are forever with our family, because Tom cut the noodles. Maybe he didn’t know they would nearly double in size when cooked, or maybe he did. His wife might have been mortified—I really don’t know. I was just a kid.—but we loved them! They were the best noodles ever. I don’t remember anything else about the food that night, except the noodles. I'm sure they were at least an inch wide, and at least four inches long. Chewy and perfect. And after that, whenever Mom would make noodles, we always begged and pleaded—please make Tom Greene noodles!

    And so, left to my own devices, I went to my favorite recipe site and chose a recipe for homemade noodles. And I cut them big. We had Tom Greene noodles. They weren’t as good as Mom’s, so I asked for her recipe. But I enjoyed them, with a side of memories, and the next ones will be even better.
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