Thursday, January 27, 2011

gettin' saucy



This is a rare occurrence...pay attention;)  I don't do the recipe sharing thing very often.  Cooking is just NOT my thing, but I do like eating and my friend Kristine is Italian and makes THE best sauce.  We're talking finger lickin' good, so I asked her to come over and help me make up a batch and thought you might like to see how it's done.



We cooked it all in one big pot.  So it was easy peasy clean up.  The first step is to put 2 tbs extra virgin olive oil in the pot and brown 1 pound ground hamburger and 1 pound mild Italian sausage.  Add 1/2 a finely chopped onion and cook VERY well until the meat is completely browned and the onion is translucent. 

Next add a heaping spoonful of minced garlic and season with salt and pepper.




Next add in your sauces.  This is what I had, but if you are going to the store buy 2 large cans of crushed tomatoes (if you can't find it you can use 2 cans sauce instead).  Then buy 1 large can of tomato sauce and 1 large can of puree.  Add this to your pot of cooked meat.




Then take a knife tip of baking soda and add to the simmering pot.  It cuts the acid.




Add 1/4 cup white sugar.  Season again with some salt and pepper.




Finally add 1 tablespoon or so of Italian seasoning.  Make sure the sauce gets bubbly and then cover and turn it down to low.  I had mine all the way down and it was still simmering.  Simmer for 2 hours...stirring occasionally.  Then cool for an hour and divide into containers.  It makes maybe 3-4 storage containers worth to freeze for later.  It is THE best sauce.  Perfect combination of savory and sweet.  LOVE it!!!





Kristine's been helping me with another project too.  With her help I've started framing my house paintings.




Here's my header.  I love it framed.  It really sets it off and just gives it a nice finishing touch.  I found these mailbox letters at Michael's and thought they looked super cute. 






Here are a couple of other ones framed out.  Remember my 2 year blogging anniversary give-away??  The one on the bottom went to Carissa at lowercase letters.   Her house was so fun to paint.  Thought you might want to see the end result:) 






Have a blessed day.








**Oh and don't forget to link your picture up to this week's Thrive Project:)  Remember the two final winners will receive a leather cuff!



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63 comments:

  1. We love home made sauce. I use to make it more often, lately I've been grabbing the jar of Classico; tomato and basil but now I'm craving a sauce that is savory and sweet-

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  2. I looove homemade sauce! Your house paintings are absolutely AMAZING Becky! I love everything about them! I have to laugh and I know I have mentioned it before, but I think your kitchen backsplash is the only difference between our kitchens! You have good tast my friend!

    XO, Kerri

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  3. We are pasta lovers. I am always looking for the perfect sauce. This just may be it. I'll try it this weekend. Your artwork looks great in the frames. And by the way, I'm still lovin those bangs. You are just so gosh darn cute.

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  4. i don't like to cook either becky. i do it because i have to. i would rather clean up. this sauce looks really good, and pretty easy. i think i could do this one.

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  5. Oooooh, I really like the framed paitings!! It looks simple, sleek and ooo, just right. I'd love to know how you do it as I've been trying to figure out what to do with my canvas to give it that finished look. If you care to share (and don't want to post it) could you email me? hmdesignATliveDOTca ?!? Thanks Becky!! And your paiting for Carissa is lovely, one of my fav's...so far! ;)

    I also LOVE the way you captured the sugar being poured into the sauce, soooo neat!!! :)

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  6. Oh delicioso! I think that's Italian?! If not, it should be! I'm going to make this. I think it's way cheaper to make your own. Plus, way tastier! You might just start to enjoy cooking after all! : ) -At least that's what I keep hoping for myself!

    The frame idea is perfect! I love love the frame on mine! Thanks for showing off my house. ; ) I still stop and stare at the painting all the time. Can't get enough of it!!! Thank you to pieces.

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  7. I love your paintings! I was a little sad when I didn't win your giveaway but I just checked out Carissa's site..she so deserves it!

    Ages ago I had my husband's Italian grandmother talk me through a bunch of her recipes. I'm so glad I did!

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  8. homemade sauce.....can't wait to try it!
    I'll add it to my menu for next week.

    love the paintings....

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  9. That sauce sounds soooooo good. I love making big batches to freeze. Sometimes I throw in some chopped zucchini and get all sneaky on my family. ;)
    The frames REALLY make your paintings just pop! Love the house paintings. So gonna have you do one for me one day.

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  10. I have an Italian friend too! Her recipe is good, but I will definitely have to try this one now! Thanks for sharing!
    Biz

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  11. homeade sauce is always better that bought...thanks for sharing! also, the frames look great around those paintings...and your photos look awesome :)

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  12. Your sauce sounds yummy! And I love the look of the framed paintings.

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  13. Well... I love trying new recipes, so I'm excited that you posted this. I'll definitely give it a try!

    And... I LOVE your framed paintings! I loved them before, but this just really makes them pop! Do you have prices listed somewhere for these? I'd love to have one one day! :)

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  14. You and your sis look fabulous in the kitchen!!!
    Yummm..thanks for the recipe!
    The paintings are so nice Becky and thats so sweet of her to help you frame them..
    Sister-love..love it!!!

    Deborah xoxox

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  15. mmmm, yummeh!

    your frames look great!

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  16. I'm not much into cooking either...eating is more my thing :) Love your paintings Becky, they look so good framed :)

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  17. That is almost exactly how I make my sauce, but no sausage.... beef farmer ya know.... I have to add a little more spices and a dash of red pepper and chili powder. So much better than store bought!
    I agree, you look great rocking those bangs!!

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  18. Oh yum...I love a good sauce:) And the paintings look wonderful! Love your custom houses; someday I want to order one{been waitin 'til we put fresh paint on our home;}

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  19. Yummy yumyy ! That sauce sounds really nice. Will have to try & make it at some point : )

    Gemma x

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  20. Look how cute you are in that apron! Maybe I'd like to cook more if I bought myself a cute apron, hmmm thats stretching it! Nothing better than homemade sauce!

    Love your pictures framed!

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  21. Thanks so much for sharing the recipe, getting up and out of your comfort zone! Ha! Never heard of a bit of baking soda - it's genius! I can't wait to try it - love your art work - and your bangs! I just got a haircut yesterday, said I wanted to look artsy and cool - well...my bangs are about an inch long now - I look like I'm in kindergarten!

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  22. I love me some pasta and that sauce looks really good!!

    I adore your paintings and they look so beautiful all framed up like that!

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  23. Hi Becky,

    I love to make tomato sauce....and yours looks delicious!! I gave the painting to my family early because I was too excited to wait:) I have it hanging in the perfect spot and it makes me smile whenever I look at it. I will be posting on Feb 1 about your painting....so please come to my blog that day and look:) Thanks again....I LOVE my house painting and so does my family! How fun to see it here on your Blog....the frames are great, too!!

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  24. Well, look at you cooking girly! Excited to try this recipe.

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  25. Oh my gosh Becky! I LOVE your paintings. Like WOW. They are stunning. What a beautiful thing you do! The frames are out of this world fantastic!

    I could almost smell the sauce as I was reading. And it sure smells good. YUM! : )

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  26. I have issues with the acid in the sauce, great idea to add the soda.Duh! Why didn't I think of that.Always something to learn.
    Looks yummy and what a fun day.I love new recipes so thanks~Cheers Kim

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  27. Cooking AND painting - you are one talented chick!

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  28. So funny--we were just talking about making homemade sauce! lol I seriously think we're going to do it this year, but we might wait for summer for fresh tomatoes. mmm...can you imagine?? I love the paintings framed...super cool way to do it! :)

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  29. Good Morning Farmgirl...
    It is nice to see that you are cooking again after your horrible chicken in panko disaster...I will give this sauce a try. My husband is a firm believer that pasta is all about the sauce, and the more meat the better. I like that there is a combo of meat, sounds yummy! Love the last painting, it is a beautiful home. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the colors!!! Have a great Thursday.
    Emily

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  30. oh that saucy goodness! today is off-to-the-grocer for me, and i am so happy to have this recipe just in time. my kids will love this--thanks, sweet becky.

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  31. I am so excited to try this! Thanks so much!!! YUM!

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  32. I just LOVE the tiles on your splashback in the kitchen, Becky! Fabulous!
    You look very cute in an apron btw.
    Love your paintings too. They are so very, very unique.

    Can I just add too, that I just love that you always pop in and visit my blog after I've left a comment on yours. I love that! Makes me feel special, like my comment means something enough for you to take the time to comment back.

    xx

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  33. ive been here before, but i wanted to say that i LOVED LOVED LOVED your comment on k's blog. so true. so right. perfect way to say it.

    ps your frames/paintings-love those too!

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  34. Never have I heard of adding baking soda; genius!

    As for the paintings, how are you framing them? I have a million at home and I was buying thrift store wooden frames for awhile, but it's hard to find 11x14s and larger. I'd be interested to know how you are cutting and affixing your frames to the paintings.

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  35. how nice to have friends to help! sauce is a staple here for sunday dinners! your houses are just beautiful!! susan

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  36. You are soooo talented. I love your house paintings.

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  37. Yum! We are having pasta tonight...store bought sauce though! I will have to make homemade next time.

    xo

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  38. I've got a FAB
    tomato soup that
    also calls for
    baking soda, but
    I never knew why : )
    I've got to try this!
    xx Suzanne

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  39. I did not know baking soda reduces acid... nice tip!! =) I used to make my own sauce all the time before kids... *sigh* =) I always had to have garlic and basil... and a veggie... like zucchini or red peppers... *yum* ... oh... oops and I use ground turkey too... though sometimes I crave the beef!! =)

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  40. becky's in the kitchen. Watch out!

    frames look great!

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  41. Love your art all framed up ~ they are so special Becky. This sauce recipe is very similar to mine except I add more spices and lots of veggies ~ green pepper, celery & mushrooms plus some meatballs and then freeze it in containers. Monday is pasta night here so it is always nice to have some sauce made ahead. Yummy!

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  42. Love that baking soda shot. I can tell you are learning lots.

    Love the frames too! One of these days, one will hang on my wall.

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  43. Yum! I'm totally going to use this recipe.

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  44. That sauce looks soooo good and to think you'd have more saved for later. Looks like a keeper recipe. P.S. Love your paintings and framed they look even more fabulous!

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  45. oh thanks for this!! we are SO over ragu!! ;0) *love, love* your paintings!!

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  46. Oh, this sauce looks so yummy, I may just have to give it a try. And, your artwork is just out of this world and I do love the framing as well.

    Blessings to you for a wonderful week-end!

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  47. The original post said 1/2 cup sugar. IT'S ACTUALLY 1/4 cup sugar!!! Hopefully those interested will see this:)

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  48. Hey cute girl!!!!

    The paintings look amazing with a frame... and I might just be getting closer to getting myself one... ya never know. We counter offered today!! :)

    Love ya

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  49. Oooh great recipe! You two are so dern cute! What a blessing to have such a sweet friend. xo, SJ

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  50. this looks so delicious! i love anything tomato- such yummy goodness.


    i have a fun giveaway on my blog- i think you would love it!

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  51. ps- your painting are wonderful- makes me want to pull out my paints!

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  52. oh i love pasta sauces! this looks wonderful! thank you for sharing it, i will add it to my growing list of new recipes! making fresh meals has been a goal of mine this year and so far i've stuck to it!
    xo,
    LuLu

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  53. I do love your paintings so much. I know that Carissa is so excited about her painting. I have been thinking about finding a recipe for sauce so this is just great. I would love to make a big batch and then freeze it for easy meals. Thanks SO much for sharing. Looks like you guys had a lot of fun :)

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  54. Baking soda - I would have never thought. Love adding kitchen tricks to my arsenal :-) Thank you!

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  55. I love how your paintings are just unique. I love your haircut here still. Not part of the post but it makes me want to cut my bangs, but looks better on you so I will leave well enough alone. Lastly the sauce...between you and Lissa I might well find myself cooking in the kitchen again.

    Happy weekend to you Becky!

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  56. Oh Lordy! I can taste it it sounds so good! I have copied and pasted the directions and will be making that in a few weeks when I finally have my very own kitchen! It's been a year in the making and this little "Betty" will have a blast!
    Thank you so much for sharing! I love your blog!

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  57. It sounds like you had fun making sauce. I'm half Italian and beacause of that I grew up eating and learning how to make Italian dishes. I *love* Italian food. :) Your paintings are beautiful and i love that you framed them they look awesome.

    Mary

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  58. you are gorgeous and i love your art. i want to come visit. :)

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  59. I am definitely going to try this sauce. It looks so easy!

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  60. Oh girl, I love those paintings and the frames! What a beautiful and unique touch to your paintings. Were they difficult to make? You probably need a saw or something, right?

    You are sooooo talented Becky! I love seeing you FLY like you are. Your wings are BEAUTIFUL!!!

    ♥Lee Ann

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  61. Making spaghetti sauce is one of my favorite things! It makes me feel so accomplished. :) I'm going to try this recipe, thanks! Your pictures look great!

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  62. Sauce looks great! I love those pictures framed- it is such a nice finish to the paintings!

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