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Favorite recipes are about tradition, memories and the special cooks who shared them. If you have a flavorful memory to share, write to Candace Renalls, Duluth News Tribune, 424 W.First St., Duluth, MN 55802 or e-mail:crenalls@duluthnews.com. Inc...

Favorite recipes are about tradition, memories and the special cooks who shared them. If you have a flavorful memory to share, write to Candace Renalls, Duluth News Tribune, 424 W.First St., Duluth, MN 55802 or e-mail: crenalls@duluthnews.com . Include your name, phone number and the recipe.

When Curt Teberg was growing up, Christmas Eve meant his mother's special spaghetti. The secret was the thick, meaty sauce that took two days to make.

"We couldn't convince my mother to make it often enough," recalled Teberg, 58, of Saginaw. "It was certainly a family favorite."

When Betty Teberg died in 1978, the secret of the sauce seemed lost. Then about five years ago, Curt Teberg discovered his mother had written a sketchy recipe on an old billing slip from the family shoe store in Morris, Minn. The mutual fund manager took the recipe to his Hermantown office to have it laminated.

Employee Ann Hockman had heard Teberg rave about his mother's spaghetti sauce, so she copied the recipe and presented him with several jars that Christmas.

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"I was surprised," Teberg said. "You're happy and sad because it brought back old memories. I hadn't had it for so many years. It was just a great feeling."

"He's very thoughtful, I wanted to do this for him," Hockman said.

The recipe lacked some details, such as the size of cans for the tomato paste and tomato sauce. And there was no mention of bay leaves, but Hockman added them because Teberg remembered finding a bay leaf in his sauce.

When Hockman learned the recipe came from a neighbor, she called Lois Tetrault, who still lives across the street from Teberg's childhood home.

"We talked for quite a while, and she told me the recipe had been passed on from her mother and that she had spiced it up a little," Hockman said. "She filled in many of the missing details."

Hockman refined the recipe and that year the sauce was better than ever. She gave Teberg a copy of the revised recipe. He in turn gave laminated copies to Tetrault's children -- his childhood friends -- during a visit to Morris for an all-class school reunion last year.

"Nobody else gets this sauce," Hockman said. "I never serve it to my family. This is the only time of year I make it. I just do it for Curt and his family. It's his Christmas gift."

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