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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.

 

The Best Nachos On The Planet February 3, 2013

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These are the most delicious nachos I have ever had. There is a long lived family secret, and I have never met anybody who disagreed. My friends always say these are my “secret awesome nachos” and I am constantly being begged for the secret. It’s really not much of a secret, it’s just an unconventional, yet amazing, use of two ingredients. I made these for the Super Bowl Party, and EVERYBODY raved!  At the restaurant when I was younger all the customers would order the ‘famous’ nachos. It’s called Jalapeno Cream Cheese. The greatest invention ever known to man. First I will give the recipe for that, very easy and quick, and then I will tell you how to put together these amazing nachos!

Jalapeno Cream Cheese

1 8oz package of Cream Cheese

I bottle Diced Jalapenos

In a food processor, add entire package of cream cheese, and jalapenos and juice. The amount depends on how spicy you want it. Add just a little at first, and then taste it. Keep adding until you reach a good level of spicy. I like it really spicy, so I usually put about a half bottle of diced jalapenos and then tablespoon at a time of liquid until it is blended. If you do not have a food processor, (which I didn’t until this Christmas…THANK YOU ANDREW MY DARLING!!!!) you can chop the jalapenos as finely as possible and mix by hand or with a hand mixer or stand mixer. It takes a little more time and elbow grease, but still comes out great. Spoon into piping bag or plastic baggie with a hole in the corner for squirting.

Delicious Chicken Nachos

1 Package Boneless Skinless Chicken

1 Bag Shredded Cheese

1 Can Black Beans

1 Bottle Corn and Black Bean Salsa

1 Bag Jalapeno Cream Cheese

1 Bag Tortilla Chips

Lay chips out flat on baking pan, preheat oven to 375º. Squirt jalapeno cream cheese all over chips, spread salsa evenly on chips, and sprinkle rinsed black beans over salsa. Then, cover with cheese, cook chicken in pan with salt and pepper and chopped into small chunks. Sprinkle chicken all over nachos, sprinkle small amount of cheese on top, bake until cheese is melted.

The jalapeno cream cheese seriously makes these the most amazing things you will ever taste…feel free to substitute chicken for any type of meat or no meat, add more or less beans or corn, increase or decrease salsa and cream cheese amounts. I like a lot of everything, but my husband likes less of everything so I usually do half and half. Good luck!

Enjoy!!

 

Delicious Buffalo Chicken Pizza January 28, 2013

Filed under: Food,Main Course — courtneyk913 @ 4:09 AM
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This recipe has been changed so many times, yet the first time I made it was absolutely the best. There really is no secret to this, although not many people have been able to duplicate it. This recipe is something I make often and honestly I am adamant about every single ingredient. It’s so simple and quick and the specific brands such as Frank’s Red Hot Sauce are very important. Also, you should make your own Blue Cheese. Sometimes I get lazy and instead of making it completely homemade I will buy Blue Cheese chunks and add them to a bottle of Blue Cheese and then add a little white vinegar and a little bit of mayonnaise. It always turns out fantastic and it’s perfect for this pizza. Also, I know it seems like a lot of sauce, but you won’t regret it. I like everything extra juicy and saucy whether it’s a lot of mayo on my sandwich or a lot of ketchup with my fries or a lot of thousand island on my Reuben. Regardless, I like my food nice and messy! The next thing is when making crust for a pizza I am 100% all about using a fresh dough ball. Believe me, it makes a HUGE difference. So don’t use any different hot sauce and don’t use store bought dough in a can or pre-made pizza shells. One more thing before I give up my infamous Buffalo Chicken pizza recipe, I like to use fried chicken on my pizza, but sometimes I am too lazy to fry my chicken or I just don’t have time to do it. Also, it makes a huge mess, and is very wasteful of oil and flour and egg. I made my Buffalo Chicken Pizza last night for dinner and wanted the best of both worlds, fried chicken without the hassle. I decided to try something that sounded really silly, but alas, it worked! I wondered if I could use extra oil in my pan while cooking my chicken and sprinkle flour onto the chicken and get a similar taste as if it were fried. It wasn’t exactly the same, but it only took a second and the chicken came out great! You will have to continue adding oil every minute or so because the flour soaks it up, but as well as being quick and not messy, I also did not end up with a pan full of oil afterwards that I didn’t know what to do with! So basically you are going to cut the raw chicken into small pieces, put them in a pan with oil and cook almost all the way, add more oil and sprinkle flour on the chicken. Continue stirring little by little and adding flour until the chicken is coated and starts to brown up. You can add as much or little as possible but make sure there is always oil in the pan. Then, I just let the chicken sit and cook and brown up and the breading got nice and golden and crunchy. Once I was done I dumped the hot sauce right in the pan!

Now in the picture it looks a little burned, I’m not sure why, but in person it was golden and delicious. This pizza is pretty messy but that’s why we have napkins!
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Buffalo Chicken Pizza
Homemade Blue Cheese Dressing
Frank’s Red Hot Sauce
Chicken
Shredded Cheese
Dough Ball
Preheat oven to 450 Degrees.
Cut raw chicken into small pieces and cook in pan with oil. Sprinkle flour over chicken while cooking, be sure to keep pan wet with oil. Use as much or as little as you want of flour and oil to get it how you like. Let chicken brown and get a little bit crispy. Pour hot sauce over chicken when done, you should not have so much oil that it needs to be drained, but if it does, transfer chicken to a bowl and add hot sauce.

Press out dough ball to desired size and thickness. Use Blue Cheese as sauce and spread over dough, then add a little hot sauce over the dressing.. Sprinkle cheese over top. Sprinkle chicken over the cheese and then drizzle Blue Cheese and Hot Sauce over the top of the chicken all over pizza. Top with a light sprinkling of cheese and place in the oven. You can cook it however you want, I prefer to use a greased pizza pan, although you can use a pizza stone or put it right on the oven rack. I probably wouldn’t recommend using the oven rack as it can get messy, although if you are using much less sauce you probably will not have a problem. I usually don’t time it, but I keep an eye on it and when the cheese is melted and the dough is nice and golden I take it out. If you like your dough a little bit crispier leave it in longer.

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