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Vintage Taste: Casserole was answer for working wives

In 1963, married women who worked full time were not commonplace. For these working women, the challenge was coming home after working all day and fixing a hearty supper for their husbands and children.

In 1963, married women who worked full time were not commonplace. For these working women, the challenge was coming home after working all day and fixing a hearty supper for their husbands and children.

In those days, they didn't have all the convenience foods we now enjoy.

For Gloria Vano, a young housewife living in Superior and working full time, the solution was casserole meals.

She and her husband, Milan, made their home in a trailer while he attended Superior State College for his master's degree in art education.

When Gloria entered her Italian Tagliarini (pronounced tay-lyah-REE-nee) in the Duluth News Tribune's Cookbook contest in 1963, her dish not only outdid the other casserole entries but it took the contest's grand prize of $100.

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The recipe can be varied by simmering it instead of baking it and serving it over rice instead of noodles.

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