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I have a good clove story. (Some of you old TMF food board denizens may have read it ten years ago or so?)

A friend of mine was the third generation of a family in my home town who owned a restaurant specializing in Italian fare. When he went away to college he decided to show off by making their famous spaghetti for his roommates, so he phoned his mother for a suitably scaled-down recipe.

He gathered the ingredients and spent an entire day in the kitchen preparing sugo. He had helped in the family business while growing up, but had never been entrusted with making the all-important sauce.

The result was a disaster! It was not only unpalatable, it actually reeked, and they had to evacuate the house and air it out.

My friend called his mother to find out what had gone wrong. After hearing his story she asked him to read the recipe back to her. When he got to "56 cloves" she stopped him.

"56 cloves! That was supposed to be 5-6 cloves." she said, while laughing so hard she could barely speak.
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