I want to send my heartfelt thanks to all of you who visit this blog on a regular basis. The number of readers has continued to grow each week, and creating the recipes and posts I share with you is one of life’s great joys.
When I started this blog, I was in the process of leaving
, where I had lived for almost two decades,
to return to the New
Hampshire Midwest so I could be closer to my
parents and family.
I was nervous about my food writing career, which had a solid foundation in The Granite State where I was writing almost 20 articles a month for various newspapers and magazines. I knew many of the chefs and food-shop owners in the area, and I knew where to find the good restaurants, food shops, farm stands, etc. I was even a regular guest on a food-themed radio program!
Plus, I was leaving behind some wonderful friends who stood by me through the best of times and the worst of times.
Still, I gathered up my cookbooks, computer, and courage to make my way to
and a new
life. I wanted to be within just a few hours driving distance to my parents,
who have been my biggest fans and supporters, and my sister and nephews, all of
whom I hadn’t seen much since 1992. So off I went to The Sunflower State. Kansas
It was the best decision of my life!
Today I have my new husband, Michael, who I adore. He is the love of my life.
My parents, sister, and nephews, plus many more family members, live just a couple of hours away in Missouri.
Plus I have a
I enjoy exploring. I am constantly discovering some new food place, many beautiful
sites, and wonderful people. And my
writing career has continued, both in print and on this blog. new city
So, why a recipe for spaghetti sauce to celebrate? When I moved to
, I brought with
me my homemade spaghetti sauce recipe. Unfortunately, Michael didn’t like it. He preferred spaghetti sauce from a can. (Oh, the horror!) Kansas
I caved in and made spaghetti with his favorite canned variety, all the while trying out one combination after another to come up with a sauce that he would like.
I finally got it right! The key, besides toning down the seasoning, was to use tomato puree so the sauce is thick without chunks of tomato. I’ve made this twice now, and he’s devoured it all, including the leftovers.
That is why I’m giving you this recipe to celebrate my blog’s big milestones. Besides, shouldn’t we always celebrate when we give loved ones something made with our own hands and talents that they enjoy eating?
Celebration Spaghetti Sauce
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 large white onion, diced
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 tablespoon Italian seasoning (I use McCormick’s Gourmet Collection)
1/2 teaspoon oregano
1 28-ounce can tomato puree
1 tablespoon butter
Add the olive oil to a large skillet over medium heat. Add the ground sirloin and cook until just brown. Add the onion and continue cooking until the onions become translucent. Add the garlic and seasonings and cook for a minute or two. Then add the tomato puree and 1/2 can of water to rinse out the remaining puree.
Allow the mixture to simmer while you boil the spaghetti. Just before serving, add the butter and stir until it is melted and blended into the sauce.