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Thursday, June 12, 2014

HAPPY FULL MOON AND FRIDAY THE 13TH!

Sunday, June 8, 2014

MY WORLD FAMOUS SPAGHETTI SAUCE

Well at least famous in my little world, Ha Ha. My 8 year old grandson had to call me on the phone and tell me that he ate 2 plates!!  Everyone I make this for just loves it so give it a try the next time you make spaghetti.
                                                         

1 lb. Italian sausage casings removed (mild or hot)
1-lb. ground beef
1- med onion chopped
4-garlic cloves minced
1-28oz can diced tomatoes
2-6oz cans tomato paste
2-15oz cans tomato sauce
2-cups of water, I rinse out all the cans to get every drop of goodness.
3-t basil
2-t parsley
2-T brown sugar
1-t salt
1/2-t red pepper flakes
1/4 cup good red wine( if you wouldn't drink it don't cook with it)
1-lb thin spaghetti ( we like Angel Hair)
parmesan cheese

In large, heavy stockpot, brown Italian sausage, and Ground beef breaking up as you stir.

2 Add onions and continue to cook, stirring occasionally until onions are softened.

3 Add garlic, tomatoes, tomato paste, tomato sauce and water.

4 Add basil, parsley, brown sugar, salt, crushed red pepper, and black pepper.

5 Stir well and barely bring to a boil.

6 Stir in red wine.

7 Simmer on low, stirring frequently for at least an hour. A longer simmer makes for a better sauce, just be careful not to let it burn. I cook mine on low and slow for at least 4 hours.
 
 8 Cook spaghetti according to package directions
 9 Spoon sauce over drained spaghetti noodles and sprinkle with parmesan cheese.

I have made this in the crock pot also and just let it go on low all day. Heaven!

This is my base sauce, I sometimes add zucchini, mushrooms, whatever you want

Now just sit back and have a glass of wine and listen to all the complements.

Enjoy.
Allison





















                               

                          
                                                                                                                            

 

Saturday, June 7, 2014

CARAMELIZED FRENCH ONION DIP

One of my family members gave me this recipe, and I don't know if it's better to have warm when its just done or after a few days of sitting. I love it both ways, after it's been in the fridge(if it makes it there) let it warm up a bit before you eat it, This dip is addicting you will love it and it's worth the time to really cook the onions.

  • 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) salted butter
  • 1 medium sweet onion, cut into 1/2-inch-thick rings
  • Fine sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1/4 cup dry vermouth or dry white wine
  • 3/4 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup (2 ounces) cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh chives, plus more for garnish
  • Dash of cayenne pepper

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    Add the butter to a larger heavy skillet.
    Heat the skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onions, 3/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Fry the onions, flipping them now and then, until they're dark on the edges, even black and crispy in spots, about 10 minutes. Add the honey and garlic and cook for 1 more minute. Add the vermouth, bring to a simmer and cook until the liquid thickens, about 3 minutes. Remove from the heat and let cool.
    Put the sour cream and cream cheese in a mixing bowl and mix with a rubber spatula until smooth. Finely chop the fried onions on a cutting board and add them, along with their pan juices, to the cream cheese mixture. Stir in the chives. Add the cayenne and season with salt.
    Transfer to a small bowl and garnish with more chives. (This can be made ahead of time and refrigerated.)



















    ENJOY!
    Allison