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Homemade Meat Sauce December 30, 2013

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I grew up in an Italian family who owned a restaurant and the staple of most of our dinners was tomato sauce. I think I have had store bought sauce once in my life as a guest in someone’s home. Honestly, I wouldn’t be shocked if there was meat sauce running through my veins instead of blood. The first time I ever made sauce, I didn’t glance at a recipe or even ask anybody how to do it. I made it just like I watched my grandmother, grandfather, and mother make for years. I hope everybody takes the extra few steps to make homemade sauce for meals instead of store bought sauce, because it really does make a huge difference and it doesn’t take very long. I have to say though, It’s not 100 percent homemade because I do start with canned sauce and add my own flavors and spices. Some people may not consider it homemade, but I do because it’s not straight from a jar. I guess you could call it cheating! I love this sauce, every time my mother or I makes it I always have to grab a bowl of it and eat it like soup! It’s so flavorful and perfect for any type of pasta. Of course you can omit the meats if you want plain sauce and many people enjoy peppers or other types of meat in their sauce. This is how my family loves it, but feel free to spice it up with your own favorite ingredients as well!

 

 Ingredients:

1LB Ground Beef
2-4 Sausage Links, I like to use hot Italian sausage.
2-3 Medium Onions
2 Cans Hunts Tomato Sauce
1 Can Hunts Diced Tomatoes
1/2 Can Tomato Soup
2 Tbsp Minced Garlic
1 Tsp Onion Powder
2 Tbsp Red Pepper, sometimes I use more and sometimes less depending on how hot I feel like having it.
1 Tsp each Oregano, Rosemary, Thyme, and Basil

Directions:

Brown beef and sausage with onions in large pot. Add cans of sauce and bring to a slow boil. Add spices once boiling, cover and let simmer for about an hour. You can add anything you want and any spices you like.

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Papa’s Famous Chili October 9, 2013

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When we were little my grandfather watched us a lot while my parents tended to the restaurant. He was always burning memories into our brains. Of the many wonderful memories I keep of him, his Chili is among the favorites. I always requested his ‘special’ Chili when I had friends over and even in the dead of summer. He added rice, which a the time seemed incredibly unusual, and taco seasoning. The flavor was so wonderful and rich and everybody always loved it. Unfortunately, I never did get the exact recipe since I was so young when he passed away, but luckily I remembered his secret ingredient and my grandmother conjured up the rest of the recipe as best as she could remember. I’ve never heard of anybody using taco seasoning in Chili, but man does it add some serious flavor!! Everybody knows Chili is a Fall favorite. As soon as the leaves start to change and the chill of Fall starts to move in, everybody starts craving warmth. It seems like as soon as it cools down Chili starts becoming a popular item at every restaurant and in every home. I thought this was a good recipe to add to my collection since I’ve made 2 batches already since Fall started and now that I am thinking about it I might just have to make another! I hope everybody will enjoy this Chili as much as my family always has, and will continue to.

Papa’s Famous Chili

Ingredients:

3 Cans Hunts Sauce

1 Small Can Hunts Diced Tomatoes

1 Can Red Kidney Beans

2 Cans Black Beans

1-2 LBS Ground Hamburg ( However much you like, I used 1 1/2 lbs for mine)

2 Large Onions Chopped to desired size

Approx. 2 TBS Minced Garlic

1 Package Old El Paso Taco Seasoning

Red Pepper Flakes to desired Heat level

Approx. 1 TBS Each Garlic and Onion Powder

I also added some hot sausage, your preference what other meats and veggies you add.

2 Cups Rice

Directions:

Cook meat, garlic, and onions. Add remaining ingredients to crockpot. Add in small amounts each to be sure it is mixed well and not too much for your crockpot. I think I have a 7 quart, and this recipe was right to the top and difficult to stir well. I left it on medium heat for 4 hours. Season to taste, feel free to add any other seasonings desired throughout cooking. I like to experiment a little with my Chili!

Cook rice on side, add to crockpot before serving or serve separately.

 

 
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