Papa K’s Meatloaf!!

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So last year my friend Paul and I went to Pittsburgh to visit his family, we had a great time with his Dad as I call him “Papa Kovac”.

The first night when we got there Papa K made us dinner his famous Meatloaf, Haluski and Asparagus 🙂

The meal was so Delicious!!! Loved it all but I got his Meatloaf recipe and I made it myself 🙂

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Here are Papa Kovac and Paul during dinner

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The Delicious meal!!!

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Me and Paul being silly with some graphics

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As this posts I am back in Pittsburgh with Paul and we are visiting with his Dad, this time we are going to do some cooking and of course go on some adventures around town 🙂
I will blog about my trip in the coming weeks 🙂 In the meantime enjoy Papa K’s Meatloaf!!

Ingredients

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the chopped onion, red pepper, celery and garlic
saute this up

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add to a big bowl with the meats, oats, egg & milk

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Mix it up with your hands 🙂

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Now I always take a piece and fry up in a Skillet
I like to taste just to make sure I have the
seasonings right…does anyone else do this?

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Cooked up

 

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taste good, seasonings are good

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free form it on a lined baking sheet

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Bake it up

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yummy

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Okay now I love the flavor on its own
BUT!!!! i just can’t eat meatloaf without
Ketchup!!! and not any ketchup…
HEINZ KETCHUP!!!! it is a MUST!!

yes I am a Ketchup snob 😛

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Yummy!!

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Papa K's Meatloaf

  • Servings: 8-10
  • Difficulty: easy
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2 lbs. lean ground beef
1 lb. ground pork
1 red pepper, diced
1 large or 2 small onions, diced
2 stalks celery, diced
1 egg
3/4 cup quick oats
6 cloves garlic
2 tsp. kosher salt
1 tsp. pepper
3/4 cup milk

Saute in a large skillet the onions, celery, red pepper and garlic until softened.
In a large bowl add sauteed mixture, meats, oats, egg, salt, pepper and milk mix together with your hands.  If you want to check for seasonings take a little of the mixture and make a patty and fry is up, taste it for seasonings if you like the taste…done…if not add to your taste.

Free form the mixture into a loaf on a lined baking sheet and bake at 350 degrees for 60 minutes to 90 minutes.

Let set for 10 minutes before cutting and serving.

Add Ketchup…Heinz Ketchup if you want!!! 🙂 LOL!!

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Herb Crusted……Prime Rib

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Do you like Prime Rib?!?!?

My family does, I fixed it for my Mom’s birthday dinner and it was delicious 🙂

I think some people are scared to make one but they really are easy to do, you can ask your butcher to help you out with the right size you need.  Our butchers in the Remke bigg’s stores are outstanding and will give you all the help you need.

They will also cut the bone off if you want and tie it up, I like the bone left on, I feel this will give you more flavor and it really is simple to remove the bone.

With our bone my Mom took it and added it to her stock pot and made vegetable soup, the flavor from the bone and the meat made for some mighty tasty soup 🙂

For this Prime Rib I went to Penzeys Spices to get some enhancements 🙂  We have a store in our area and I pass it every week and just never go in, a co-worker of mine loves going in there and trying all kinds of their spices and seasonings, so I finally made in there 🙂  So check your local area for a store or you can shop them online too at http://www.penzeys.com/

I used the Fox Point Seasoning, this is a combination of salt, shallots, chives, garlic, onion and green peppercorns , I also used the Horseradish Dip seasonings this had ground horseradish, salt, onion powder, lemon peel, dill weed, black pepper and chive.

Thought these would make a great crust for the prime rib 🙂

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Mix seasoning with black pepper and kosher salt

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add just enough olive oil to make a paste, I just eyeballed it
but start with 1 tablespoon and go from there

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when it looks like this

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I decide to lay the meat on a bed of baby carrots and sliced onions 🙂

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lay with bone side down, and crust the top, and you can rub some on the sides too

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Roast in oven and you have dinner 🙂

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Recipe

2 tbsp. heaping, Penzeys Fox Point seasonings
2 tbsp. heaping, Penzeys Horseradish Dip seasonings
1 tbsp. heaping, Ground Black Pepper
1/2 – 1 tbsp. kosher salt
1 – 2 tbsp. olive oil

3.50 – 5 lb. prime rib (if you have a bigger piece just make another batch of seasonings to cover)

Ask your butcher  to tie your prime rib, you can also have them detach the bone for you, but still tie the bone up with the meat.  If you did not, you can tie it yourself with butcher string, this is a good idea, it just holds it all together as it cooks.

In a small bowl add seasoning, salt and pepper, drizzle in oil mixing with your hand as you drizzle, only drizzle enough to make a paste, take the paste and make a crust on top of the beef and rub some onto the sides.

You can put the meat on a roasting rack, or make a bed of veggies to set it on, then you have some nice roasted veggies for your meal.

Roast in the oven at 400 degrees for 25 minutes then reduce oven to 325 degrees, cook until the internal temperature is *125(rare) – 130(med. rare)* degrees with a meat thermometer, this took about 45 mins. to an hour.  Remove from oven and place a tent of foil over top and let rest for at least 10 – 15 minutes.  

Take a pair of kitchen scissors or a sharp knife and cut the string off, if you kept the bone attached, take a very sharp knife and just follow the bone and slice it off, this is much easier with a smaller piece of meat (3-5 lb.), if you get a large piece I would have the butcher remove the bone and just tie up with the meat.

Slice and serve, your center pieces will be more rare to medium rare, as you move towards the outer edge the pieces will be medium, medium well and the outside piece being well done.  

***Note – even if you don’t like your meat rare or medium rare, remove from the oven once meat has reached 135 degrees, trust me!!
Your end pieces will still be tender, as for your center pieces, if you want them cook through a little more, just make an Au jus – take some of the beef juices from the roasting pan, add to a large skillet add a can or two of beef stock/broth, bring to a simmer, then add your slice of meat to the liquid cook 30 seconds to 1 minute each side.  You can serve some of this Au jus over the slices of meat as well.  

Some people like to serve a Horseradish sauce with this as well, just take some fresh prepared horseradish, add to a small bowl, add couple dollops of sour cream, mayo, a little cream or milk, stir and add until you get the flavor that you want.  (Consistency should be like a little looser than mayo)

ENJOY!!!

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Grilling Marinade

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It’s summer time and grilling is in full force, well except if you live here in the Ohio valley we need a canoe to get to the grill 🙂   It just will not stop raining…but today

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And the Flowers are blooming

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So if you love grilling just as much as I do, then act quick in between the rainy days and make this easy marinade.

This is great on beef, chicken or pork.

All you need is

1/2 cup olive oil
4 green onions, rough chopped
1/4 cup lime juice
1/2 tsp. cumin
1/3 cup soy sauce
2 large garlic cloves
1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes
3 tbsp. dark brown sugar

Place all ingredients in the blender or food processor for 1 minute, pour over meat and let marinate.

If you are using Flank Steak (as I did) or Flat Iron – marinade over night or at least for 6 hours, Chicken or Pork – 4 to 6 hours, or you can leave them overnight as well.

Okay now start your GRILLS!!!!!! 😛

Enjoy!!!

Father’s Day & BBQ Ribs!

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Well I hope any Dad’s out there that are reading this had a Great Father’s Day yesterday, I believe that my Dad did 🙂

At least his belly was full 😛

We had Ribs, grilled cabbage and onions which came from his garden, mashed potatoes and I made him a Banana Cream Pie which is his favorite 🙂
Check out my blog on the Banana Cream Pie in the archives.

I also posted in the past my recipe for the BBQ ribs, but I changed it up a little this time.  
For Christmas someone gave me some “Bacon BBQ Salt” so instead of the kosher salt I use that instead and I add a little cumin this time as well.

I like doing a dry rub first then adding BBQ sauce  on them at the end, but everyone has there own method but if you try my recipe here I know you will not be disappointed 🙂

These ribs were so dang gone lip smack-in delicious, you will be making them all the time 🙂

And this recipe is really really so easy, there is NO excuse not to make these ribs!!!!!

Now I made 4 racks so everyone would have plenty of leftovers 😛

Spices used

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mix all in bowl, then I added the brown sugar

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all my ribs

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Pull the skin off the back of the racks

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I like cutting them in half
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spray my foil

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add the rub to the ribs all over

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put them in foil on baking sheets

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cover with another piece of foil

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make packets and I put the entire baking sheets in my fridge 
for 24 hours 🙂

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Take them out of fridge 1 hour before cooking,
bake for 3 hours in a 300 degree oven

after 3 hours, I cut the top piece of foil off

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look at how tender the meat is 🙂

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add your favorite BBQ Sauce and put back in the oven

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Done

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1 full rack of Baby Back Ribs

Rub – Makes about 1 cup

1/3 cup brown sugar, packed
1 tbsp. black pepper
1 tbsp. kosher salt or 1 tbsp. Bacon BBQ Salt
1 1/2 tbsp. paprika
1 1/2 tbsp. garlic powder
1 1/2 tbsp. onion powder
3 tbsp. chili powder
1/2 tbsp. oregano
1 tbsp. cumin

1 bottle of your favorite BBQ Sauce

Preheat oven to 300 degrees.

Mix all spices together in a bowl, set aside.  Flip ribs over to the back, there is a thin piece of skin that needs to be removed, at one end of the ribs with a knife or with your finger nail start at an edge to peel up a little of the skin. With a paper towel grasp the skin and pull gently as the skin comes up, using the paper towel helps it from slipping out of your grasp.
Rub a the entire rack with all the rub on both sides, put into a jumbo zip-loc bag, or you can cut ribs in half and use a gallon size bag.
Place in refrigerator over night.

 

Take ribs out of the refrigerator about 1 hour before cooking.

Using heavy-duty aluminum foil, lay one sheet out 8 inches longer then the rack of ribs. spray sheet with non stick cooking spray and place ribs face up, take another sheet same length and spray one side as well, putting that side down on top of ribs.  Fold both edges of the foil together rolling the edges towards the ribs, stopping about 1 inch before the ribs.

(I went ahead and put them in my foil packets instead of zip loc bags, and put them on the baking sheets and set them in fridge, then I just pulled them out and they were ready for the oven)

Place the package on a baking sheet and bake for 3 hours, after 3 hours  take out of the oven, increase heat to 425 degrees.
Remove the top piece of foil and add your favorite BBQ sauce to the top of the ribs all over, then place back in over without foil for 15 minutes.

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The meat just melts off the bones, so GOOD!

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Bones clean 🙂  enjoy!!

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Homemade Goetta!!!! You must try it!!!

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GOETTA…you say WHAT!!  

What is Goetta, that is the question I got the most from my friends that are not from this area (Greater Cincinnati/Northern Ky area) when I told them I was going to blog about Goetta.  Now in my house I felt like when we had Goetta is was a breakfast treat, we didn’t have it all the time and usually only in the wintertime.

This is taken from Wikipedia – 

Goetta is a breakfast sausage of likely German-American origin that is popular in the greater Cincinnati area. It is primarily composed of ground meat (pork, or pork and beef) and steel-cut oats. Pronounced gétt-aa, ged-da or get-uh Americanized pronunciation, this dish probably originated with German settlers from the northwestern regions of Oldenburg, Hannover, and Westphalia who emigrated to the Cincinnati area in the 19th century.

The word “Goetta” comes from the Low German word götte.
Goetta was originally a peasant dish, meant to stretch out servings of meat over several meals to conserve money.

The modern popularity of goetta in Cincinnati has led to it being called “Cincinnati Caviar”. Glier’s Goetta, the largest commercial producer of goetta, produces more than 1,000,000 lb (450 metric tons) annually, around 99% of which is consumed locally in greater Cincinnati.

I must say I’m not a fan of Glier’s or for that fact any other brand except my Mom’s, oh and they have a Fest called Goettafest 🙂

In the Greater Cincinnati area, there have been annual celebrations since 2004 with the central theme of Goetta.

The “Original Goettafest” is an annual cultural and culinary celebration held in Covington, Kentucky (where my Grandmother grew up), just across the river from Cincinnati, Ohio. Covington has a rich heritage of German immigrants and this festival is held in MainStrasse Village, an area of Covington a few blocks from the Ohio River. 

Goetta is typically formed into small loaves, and then cut into squares and fried, often in the oil left over from browning the meats or in bacon drippings. Traditionally a breakfast food, goetta is often served with apple butter, ketchup, mustard, syrup, grape jelly, honey, or eaten by itself.

More recently, goetta has become an all purpose food eaten with any meal. New goetta products in the Cincinnati area include goetta burgers, goetta dogs, and goetta pizza.  Yes Goetta Pizza…one of our local pizza places (Newport Pizza) has a Goetta Pizza, with Goetta, fried potatoes, onions and fried eggs, there might be more on it, I can’t remember, I wanted to try it till then told me they used Glier’s and well NO 😛

Yes I come from a part German background, my Dad’s Mother was actually born in Germany and came to Covington, Ky when she was a baby.

My Mom told me that when my Grandmother would make goetta, she would roast a pork butt then grind it herself with one of those old hand grinders.  I was like what…wow!!!

We didn’t do that in our house, but I must say I think my “Mom’s” is the best, I don’t care if you follow this same recipe, I can tell her’s from anyone else, so I called on her to make this goetta.

Well she didn’t really make it she instructed me and I made it at her house.  

Now my Mom does follow the recipe on the back of the “Dorsel’s Pinhead Oatmeal” bag in some ways, but add’s Jimmy Dean’s Pork sausage.   And she makes her’s in the microwave, now you can make it on the stove or in a slow cooker too it you want.

I do apologize for the making of pictures the lighting in her kitchen was not the best. 

Ingredients 

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She uses this 5 quart glass pot

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She chops her onions (I gave them this chopper one
year for christmas, my Dad loves it!! 🙂   Add salt, pepper, onions, bay leaves

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then add oats                         then 6 cups of water give a stir add lid

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cooking in microwave for 30 minutes….stirring after 15 minutes

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this is what it looks like after 30 minutes   pork, beef & pork sausage

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Take out bay leaves, this is the tool she used to get all the meat fully incorporated 

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This is fully incorporated…cooking again for 30 minutes

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Stirring after 15 minutes again          then after 30 minutes your done

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We put it into large loaf pans, and refrigerate it for up to 2 months

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I made some small loaves too

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Now in prepation to cook it, really is to each own, I think it depends on how you were introduced to it.

My Mom likes it right after it was made (before you form it into loaves) in a bowl with a drizzle of maple syrup.

My Dad eats this way, this is the way I eat it too 🙂

Goetta, bread, butter and ketchup (Heinz Ketchup only)
                                                                 Yes I am Ketchup snob!!

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I use a non stick skillet on med       till it get brown and crispy then I add a touch of butter

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I toast my bread                        butter my bread

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then I add the crispy brown goodness!!!

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Then drizzle it with Heinz Ketchup 
usually no fork or knife is needed, just pick it up
                                                              and eat it like pizza

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But I did use a fork and knife this time  🙂

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Then it was gone and it was OOOOOO so GOOD!!!!

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This is the recipe on the back of the bag

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My Mom's Goetta

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1 pound lean ground beef
1 pound lean ground pork
1 pound Jimmy Dean’s Hot Pork sausage (she prefers this brand and like it hot, I got the regular not hot and I loved it)
1 med – large onion, diced
3 bay leaves
3 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
2 1/2 cup Dorsel’s Pinhead Oatmeal
6 cups water

To a 5 quart glass microwave pot add onion, salt, pepper, bay leaves and oatmeal, stir in water.
Cook in the microwave for 30 minutes, covered, stirring after 15 minutes, continue to cook just watching so it does not boil over, if it start to boil over just give it another stir.

After the 30 minutes add all the meat and with a potato masher mix in meat and make sure it is fully incorporated. 

Cook another 30 minutes covered in microwave again stirring after 15 minutes.

Then take mixture add it to loaf pans, packing down as you add it, chill then, and wrap with plastic wrap and foil.

Once completely chilled, slice in about 1/2 – 3/4 inch thick pieces and fry.  Serve it up with or however you like!!

And I hope the one’s of you who have never tried this will give it a try!!! Enjoy!!!

 

Ragù alla bolognese…My way!!!

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Oh how I love thee!!! 🙂

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Ragù alla bolognese is a complex sauce which involves a variety of cooking techniques, including sweating, sautéing and braising. As such, it lends itself well to interpretation and adaptation by professional chefs and home cooks alike.

And I’m sure most of you have a recipe that has been pasted down the family tree 🙂

Common sources of differences include which meats to use (beef, pork or veal) and their relative quantities, the possible inclusion of either cured meats or offal, which fats are used in the sauté phases (rendered pork fat, butter, olive or vegetable oil).

I used ground chicken 🙂

What form of tomato is employed (fresh, canned or paste).

I use paste, I like using this the best.

The makeup of the cooking liquids (wine, milk, tomato juices, or broth) and their specific sequence of addition.

One day I hope that I could travel to Bolgana, Italy 🙂

But until then this is Ragù alla bolognese…My Way!!!

Ingredients –

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I freeze my bacon so it would be easier to slice and dice

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diced bacon

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Cut celery into thin strips                    then dice

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Diced onion                                                           add bacon, celery and onions to skillet

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Then add carrots

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stirring not to burn

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add ground meat

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breaking up meat with wooden spoon

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add red wine

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chicken broth

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add tomato paste

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stirring in tomato paste

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then stir in 2 tsp. beef base paste

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turn to low and simmer for 1 1/2 hours

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warm up half n half/ milk                             stir in

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continue to cook for another 45 – 55 minutes, stirring occasionally

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its now ready for pasta

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LOVE Gia Russa products you must try them………….boil water

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add pasta                                             remove a cup of pasta water, set aside, in case  you need to thin out sauce

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Grate your Parmesan cheese

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remove your pasta                                                          toss with sauce

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turn out on to platter

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top with cheese and serve

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Delicious!!!!!!!!!  

Recipe

3 (3 oz.) strips bacon or pancetta, finely chopped
3 stalks celery, finely chopped
3 carrots, peeled, grated
1 med-large onion, finely chopped
1.25 lbs ground meat (i used ground chicken breast)
1 tbsp. olive oil
1/2 cup red wine
2 1/4 cup chicken broth
2 tsp. beef base paste
3 tbsp. tomato paste
1 cup half n half or milk

First off have everything ready to go, chop everything, measure out everything its just easier or at least this is what I like to do.

In a large skillet over medium-high heat add oil and bacon/pancetta, celery and onions, cook for 5 – 7 minutes, stirring not to burn.
Add grated carrots continue to cook for 5 more minutes, add ground meat, cooking and breaking up meat with a wooden spoon continue to cook for about 15 minutes, stirring constantly so not to burn, turn heat down just a little if needed.

Add red wine cooking for 2 minutes and scraping up the brown bits from the bottom of the pan.  Add broth and then tomato paste, stirring to combine, then add beef base reduced heat to low and gently simmer uncovered for 1 1/2 hours.  Stirring occasionally. 

Bring milk to a simmer in a small saucepan; gradually add to sauce.

Cover sauce with lid slightly ajar and simmer over low heat, stirring occasionally, until milk is absorbed, about 45 – 55 minutes, season with salt to taste. Stirring occasionally.

Bring a large stock pot of water to a boil, once boiling add a good handful of salt, stir and then add pasta, when pasta is just al dente, remove 1 cup of pasta water and set aside, I like doing this just in case I want to thin out the sauce. (i did not use any pasta water with this recipe, but you should always get in the habit of taking out pasta water just in case)

Drain pasta and add pasta to the sauce, tossing to completely coat the pasta, turn pasta out onto a serving plate or large bowl and top with fresh Parmesan cheese and then serve it right on up!! 

Enjoy this one and tell me about your recipe or maybe you have one that has been pasted down the family tree, I’d love to try any that you may have in your recipe box!!!

Grilling!!!

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Who doesn’t like grilling, I absolutely love it and can’t get enough of it, but I do have one draw back…I live in a building that does not allow gas grills on the balconies.   So I got myself an outside electric grill and I LOVE IT!!!

Yes I have indoor grills (2), grill pans (2 but I just like to be cooking outside and this does the trick.

Where I live its been on warm side lately so its been great to get out and start grilling early, although I do grill out all year round it’s just nice when the weather is on your side.

I can’t wait for the farmers markets to start up in full swing too, I love grilling any veggies, mushrooms, onions, peppers, zucchini, yellow squash, asparagus, green beans, potatoes, carrots, eggplant, corn and I could go on and on…ha

I recently grilled a nice strip steak, sweet onions and pattypan squash its was all so delicious.  When I grill veggies I just brush them with some olive oil and hit them with salt and pepper, but any seasons, spices or herbs are delicious with them too.

So here is to happy grilling!!! Cheers!!!