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I cannot live without books. Ever since I can remember I have loved to read. Some of my best friends are books. My very first job was working at a public library. I loved it!  Books everywhere.

                                                                                                                                                                            Today I chanced on this neat slide show of the  best  ‘classic last lines’ in literature on EW.com. I had never heard of this site before and I don’t know I will visit again. But I loved the slide show Tina Jordan and Keith Staskiewicz put together.

This slide show is a trip through some great literature using just the last sentence of each novel was pure joy. And surprise of  surprise, there were a few of my favorites on their list.

Among those favorites were The Adventures of Huckleberry FinnAnimal Farm, WutheringHeights, Rebecca, and Gone With the Wind. As a former reading teacher I was very pleased to see a few children’s books on the list too: Charlotte’s Web and Goodnight Moon.

I was also very pleased to find A Tale of Two Cities on the list. This novel is one of my all time favorites. This is the only book I have read where I can quote both the beginning lines and the ending lines from memory.

“It was the best of times. It was the worst of times,” opens Charles Dicken’s novel.

The novel is a love story set during the time of the French Revolution. Two men love Lucie Menette; Charles Darnay a French aristocrat and Sydney Carlton an English lawyer who has never reached his full potential due to a love of alcohol. When Lucie marries and has several children with Darnay, Carlton’s love for Lucie is unrequited. They do however continue their friendship.

During the bloodbath that was the French Revolution, Darnay is tried for treason and for sins against the peasantry and is condemned to death by the guillotine. Through bribery and some contacts he has Carlton manages to sneak in to the prison the night before Darnay is to be executed and trade places with him. Carlton has also managed to get free and safe passage out of France for Lucie, Darnay and their children.

As he is taken to the guillotine the next day knowing that the love of his life and her family is safe, he utters what is the last line of the novel, “It is a far, far better thing I do, than I have ever done; it is a far, far better rest that I go to then I have ever known.”

I can never read that line without crying.

Amazingly enough, my favorite novel is not on the list; War and Peace. I guess it is what comes before the last line that makes War and Peace so great. Other favorites not on the list are Dr. Zhivago, The Count of Monte Cristo, The Old Man and the Sea, and Pride and Prejudice

Did any of your favorites make the list? What are your favorite novels? Share your favorites in the comments section below.

Today’s Featured Recipe  Linguine with Sausage and Leeks

Today’s recipe has bold, BOLD flavors.

Leeks are a member of the onion and garlic family. However, the leek is actually milder than onions. Many people who do not like onions love leeks.

Leeks were used by ancient Egyptians, in Mesopotamia, and in Rome.

Leeks are also popular in Wales and are, in fact, a national emblem of Wales. Shakespeare refers to leeks in Henry V. When used to make chicken stock leeks impart a wonderful flavor to the stock.

I have absolutely, positively no remembrance in what woman’s magazine I found this recipe. I have been making it for at least 15 years.

I know who created the recipe though, Linda Keith of Dallas, Texas. She won $100 from this unknown magazine. Evidently it must have run a reader’s recipe contest. I do not know Ms Keith. Never met her. But I want to thank Ms Keith for many a great meal. I LOVE THIS RECIPE!!

It is both easy to make and easy on the budget as well. And I got a super deal on the linguine. I got a 16 ounce box  for $0.85 on an unadvertised special. That’s a steal.

This meal comes in at less than $2.00 per person.

You can use any kind of sausage from spicy hot to plain ‘ole ground sausage. I like to use sweet Italian sausage, as I did today. I like the interplay of the sweet sausage with the leek flavor.

I used Ohio sausage from Bob Evans Farm. I can remember eating Bob Evans sausage as a child. Bob Evans has their farm in southeastern Ohio. As far as I am concerned, it is the best.

I have made one slight change from Ms Keith’s recipe. I like a slightly thicker sauce, so I use the heavier whipping cream instead of the light cream. 

This is what you will need for 4 people:

1 pound of pork sausage

2 leeks thinly sliced (I only used 1 today as it was super large.)

¾ cup light cream (Or whippong cream if you prefer.)

6 ounces linguine

Grated Parmesan cheese

Here is what you do:

Wash the leeks. This will take a little time as leeks are very dirty and sandy. They must be well cleaned or you will bite into some sand when you eat the linguine. Not a nice thing. Trust me on this.

Click Here  and this link will tell you how to clean leeks. I used the last method as I like to keep as much of the leek whole and round as much as possible. Looks prettier in the finished dish that way.

Fill a large pot of with water and cover with a lid. Place over high heat and bring to a full boil. Start this now so the water will be boiling when you need it. It does not take long to fix this recipe.

While the water is heating place the sausage in a hot skillet and cook the sausage until it is nicely browned on one side.

While the sausage cooks slice the cleaned leeks into rounds. You want both white and the lighter green parts.

Add the linguine to the boiling water and cook according to package directions, about 9 minutes for al dente.

Turn the sausage over and break the large chucks into smaller chunks. If needed drain the fat off the sausage first. I did not have to do that with Bob Evans.

Add the sliced leeks and cook until the sausage is done and the leeks are tender continuing to break the sausage into small pieces.

Add the cream to the mixture and heat through.

Serve sausage mixture over the linguine. Sprinkle with the Parmesan cheese. I served with garlic bread and a simple tomato salad. This is a very filling meal.

If there are any leftovers you will want to refrigerate the sauce as soon as possible as you do not want the cream to spoil.

Cost

1 pound of pork sausage                   $3.89

2 leeks thinly sliced                           $1.00

¾ cup light cream                            $1.40                          

6 ounces linguine                             $0.30

Grated Parmesan cheese                  $0.47

Cost for 4 people = $7.06
Cost per person = $1.77

Bon Appetit!!!!

Quote of the Day:  ‘To the red country and part of the gray country of Oklahoma, the last rains came gently, and they did not cut the scarred earth.”
Opening sentence, The Grapes of Wrath (1939), John Steinbeck

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2 comments to Last Lines

  • My “Mr. L” saw your tweet and immediately asked me to make this. We love your recipes. It is on the menu for the coming week! Love your blog.

    • Roberta

      Thank you, Marla, and Mr. L. Glad you like the recipes here at MTTD. The sasuage with leeks recipe is a special and tasty dish. One of my faves too! 🙂