"We've got Plates and Places", it was a quote that my great grandfather often used to encourage guest to stay, visit and dine with the family. My great grandparents had very little, but there was always enough food to go around. For me,the expression not only relates to what my great grandfather intended it's use, it also is fitting for my love to travel and the recipes I collect from those travels. So join me, "There's always Plates and Places!"
Thursday, March 26, 2009
Welcome to Foodie Friday! Stop by Michael’s at Designs by Gollum for some wonderful meals served up by some of your favorite bloggers. But first, I want to share with you a very special recipe that has been in my family for years. This is a family recipe, one that came from my great grandmother, Idabelle. It was passed down to my grandma, Buena, to my mom, who taught it to me.
Spaghetti. Anyone that eats my homemade spaghetti swears by it. My kids will tell you hands down it is their favorite dish I make. Even more of a testament.....they will choose this over a "Happy Meal" anyday. It is a secret family recipe, one that I am sharing with you. (Kid Approved, even picky ones, as seen above. "Sister Sledge")
Ingredients: 1 lb. Ground Beef
chopped onion and bell pepper (I have to omit this because I have picky eaters)
1 tsp each- pepper, salt, garlic salt, garlic pepper (or fresh garlic is even better (what I use)...if using fresh minced garlic omit the garlic powder and salt. I use about 2 tbsp of miced, but we love garlic.)
1 & 1/2 tsp each Italian seasoning and oregano
2-3 heaping tbsp brown sugar
1 small can tomato sauce
1 small can tomato paste
1 small can of water (8 oz)
Brown ground beef with onions and bell pepper and drain Add dry ingredients to beef and Stir. Then add liquid ingredients. Bring to a small bubbling boil.
Reduce heat to simmer for about 30 minutes. Stir every so often. I also put a lid on the pot so that it doesn't bubble and pop out onto the stove. While sauce is cooking, prepare spaghetti according to box. Then prepare a dish by topping spaghetti noodles with red sauce. This is going to be the best red sauce you have EVER eaten. Ever. Enjoy! Please let me know how you like it! And don't tell momma that I shared. Smile.