I nearly choked on my water when a tablemate called his dish of spaghetti with ground beef, bacon and a fried egg "trailer-park food." Since he devoured it and left not a speck on the plate, I knew he meant it in the nicest possible way. But he was right. Once he said it, I couldn't help but imagine Cletus the Slack-Jawed Yokel shoveling forkfuls of it for his supper. Yet the truth is I've made and eaten similar dishes throughout my life, and I'm willing to bet you have, too. Maybe it was cut-up hot dogs or Vienna sausages or Spam instead of the bacon. Maybe your mom whipped it up after coming home from a second shift at the hospital. Maybe the starch wasn't spaghetti, but Top Ramen. The point is that this dish—and all like it—is inspired not by Marcella Hazan, but by necessity: food you cook and eat because you want something fast, good, hot,... More >>>