#Spaghetti Day January 4

I started the Coach4aday blog in 2014 and have done daily posts on one topic for each year. In 2014 my daily posts were on the “Beer of the Day”, 2015 it was “A Friend of a Friend”, 2016 I wrote about “North Carolina”, and in 2017 it was “Colleges and Universities”.

The one consistent piece of feedback I have received with this blog is the 2015 series on “A Friend of a Friend”. Readers and blog followers said please bring it back. The stats also back that up with the number of views each of those posts received.

So in 2018 two things will happen with the Coach4aday blog; One I plan to collaborate with a friend named John Rancke and revisit some of those 2015 “A Friend of a Friend” posts and do some new ones with a slightly different twist.

In addition John and I will write about things we both are interested which will include basketball, food, people, music, our granddaughters, and great stories.

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January 4, 2018   NATIONAL SPAGHETTI  DAY 

“On top of spaghetti, All covered with cheese, I lost my poor meatball, When somebody sneezed.

It rolled off the table, And on to the floor, And then my poor meatball, Rolled out the door.

We all know that little ditty sung to the tune of “On Top of Old Smokey”, first heard in the early 1960s and sung by a folk singer by the name of Tom Glazer.


So where did spaghetti come from? Well. Italy of course! However there are records of a boiled dough called itrium from the 3rd century AD in Palestine. In the 9th century AD, references to itriyya a substance of dried semolina. It shows up again in 14th century and is often used as a food staple on long overseas journeys due to its dry state and ability to last for months without spoiling.

The influx of European immigrants to America brought spaghetti Italienne into American inns and taverns and was served with cooked noodles and a tomato sauce laden with spices. Mushrooms were later added as was hamburger. What followed was an influx of additives including chicken, shrimp, clams, oregano, and basil.

Spaghetti and America were made for each other. Anything goes with pasta and spaghetti was our first pasta. It’s easy to fix, you can freeze the sauce and cook the noodles in 10 minutes. Perfect for baking in a pyrex dish or dipping form the stove top. Organized crime families loved it because they could “go to the mattresses “ and have a constant pot of spaghetti on the stove to sustain them during their little disagreements with their rival families. Bachelors love it because its easy to throw into a pot and let it cook. Housewives in the 50s loved it because they could have dinner cooking on the stove and never miss a minute of “The Secret Storm “ or “The Edge of Night”.

Edge of Night

Contrary to popular belief, Chef Boyardee did not create spaghetti. You may read it on the Internet, but it’s not true! But I do think Spaghettios were created by Campbells Soup and toted as a less messy form of spaghetti. Campbells sells over 150 million cans of those little round pasta things each year.


And today we can buy Gluten free pasta made with rice flour or corn. I’ve tried both and can say the spaghetti made with rice flour is pretty good.

So where did Sketti come from? I imagine out of the mouth of babes is as good as anyplace. Those of us in Southeastern North Carolina may remember the carnival worker that died in Laurinburg many years ago and there were no monies available to bury him. He sat in the local funeral home (actually he was either laying down or was propped up against the wall, probably depending on how much space was available from time to time in the funeral home.

Here is a link to Spaghetti and his funeral home story:


In March of 2009 the world record for the largest bowl of spaghetti was set and then reset in March of 2010 when a Garden Grove California Buca di Beppo restaurant successfully filled a swimming pool with more than 13,780 pounds of pasta.


If you have a favorite place to eat spaghetti leave me a comment or send me a tweet @JohnRancke





  1. Doc Grantham · · Reply

    My favorite spaghetti resturant is a family-owned one in Herndon VA – Lucia’s. That said, my wife makes a great sauce.

  2. Kathryn Miller · · Reply

    My favorite place to eat spaghetti is at Ruth Reads house (my mom) It is delicious..

  3. We ate at an Italian place inFt Lauderdale a while back, and I had spaghetti with sausage and onions (both sliced) and, of course, garlic: no herbs. There was no tomato, but there was a little sauce made, I suppose from a bit of the pasta water. I’ve tried to duplicate it a few hundred times but have never been able to match it.

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