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Tuesday, March 12, 2013

The Belford Special

Here's the Irish side of the family at one their summer bungalows in Belford, New Jersey. (There were two bungalows. This photo is probably from around 1930 or so.) My grandfather is the man who is standing up on the right, my grandmother is leaning forward over the table, and my father is that cocky kid at the end of the table smiling at the camera. From what I've been told the family spent summers in Belford every year when my father was young. They lived in Jersey City, but air conditioning had not been invented yet, so summers at the beach must have been far better than roasting on the sidewalks of the city.

One of the favorite dinners in Belford was what my father called, "The Belford Special"--meatballs in tomato sauce served over mashed potatoes. An odd combination but I guess it adequately fed the small Irish army sitting at the table. At my father's request, my mother frequently served The Belford Special at our home when we were growing up.

Many years ago, we picked up my father's cousin Rosemary and went looking for one of the bungalows because Dad did not remember where it was. We found the little house had been converted to a year round residence complete with a deck. It was nice to know it was still there.

I should go back and see how it fared Superstorm Sandy.

4 comments:

MarkD60 said...

I remember my Grandparents always put the bread out on a plate like that.
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Penelope Marzec said...

Yes, and it's plain old white bread--nothing fancy. :^(

Julie Merrin said...

Looks like a fun gathering.

Penelope Marzec said...

Julie,

It was a big family. :^) My father fondly remembers those summers in Belford, but it is funny to me how even all the cousins share that one culinary tradition they call The Belford Special.