How To Make Any Jar Spaghetti Sauce (Tomato Based) Taste Like Home Made

This is a trick that really changes the way a jar sauce looks and tastes, for the better.

1/2lb lean ground beef, optional

1/2 cup diced onion

1 large carrot, grated

1 clove garlic, minced

2tsp dried Italian seasoning

1 can (17oz) petite diced tomatoes

1T extra virgin olive oil

1 jar (20-28oz size usually) tomato based pasta sauce

If using the ground beef, omit the oil.

Brown the ground beef with the carrot, onion and garlic OR
saute the carrot, onion and garlic in the oil until fragrant and the onion starts to soften.

Add the canned tomatoes, sauce and seasoning and simmer for 30 minutes over very low heat.

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“Peasant” Breakfast from “The Old Country”

My great-grandmother was Polish.
One of the breakfast she used to make us was a simple, but very tasty “peasant” breakfast.
She would fry cabbage in bacon fat, or another fat, until it was really browned, then spoon that over toasted peasant bread and top it with fried eggs.(I found that Zingerman’s Paesano bread is really close to what I remember, but any good rustic bread will do).
You’d cut through the egg, letting the yolk cover the cabbage and soak into the bread along with the bacon fat and the bacon on the side.
It wasn’t healthy lol. At all!
But it was a wonderful, comforting breakfast that I recently shared with my son.
He loved it too.

Low-carb, omit the bread, but otherwise, give this a try!

Being A Little Hungry Isn’t An Emergency

We’re creatures of habit, aren’t we?
the clock hits a certain time and we respond with eating, because that’s habit.
It doesn’t matter if we’re physically hungry or not, it’s “time to eat”.
The popular term seems to be “head hunger”.
In “the olden days” of dieting, the trick was to drink a glass of water, then wait 20 minutes. If you were still hungry, then you’d eat.
But it’s funny.
You can be toodling along, doing whatever, no hunger at all then you look at the clock “it’s noon, boy am I hungry!”.
Just one of those little dieting demons we wrestle with daily.
A popular diet guru stated “If you’re hungry, you should eat. If you’re starving, you should have eaten 20 minutes ago”.
Really? In most cases: no. We’re hungry, we could eat, but starving?
Have we gone days without a morsel of food? No, you were slightly hungry 20 minutes ago, and you’re more hungry now but no, we’re not starving.
It’s a comfort most of us have: food is available all the time.
We rarely, if ever, know real, actual hunger.
So the next time you’re “starving”, take a deep breath, have some hot tea or coffee or water, and wait a few minutes.

Books, Blogs and Ebooks

Are real, printed books, an antiquated way to read?
I was watching Once Upon a Time (yeah, I know :p) and the “Beauty and the Beast” story line has a lot of library scenes.
It made me ask: when was the last time I purchased a book? (It was: The Ancestral Table: Traditional Recipes for a Paleo Lifestyle by Russ Crandall http://thedomesticman.com/cookbook/ just FYI ).
But before that, I don’t remember.
I kindle a lot. I read blogs. Pinterest for recipes. Message boards and forums for the latest research info.
I know that all the electronic choices make for a better world (no one cuts down a tree to share grannies cobbler recipe), but it’s kind of sad, too.
I remember going to the library, as a kid, was a big thing on a Saturday. We’d spend an hour with a “storyteller” reading some magical story to a group of us – while our parents ran errands lol.
I took my son to the Library for the same reasons, but I stayed and listened to the stories, too!
Maybe ebooks should come with a warning label: Caution, over consumption can leave you feeling nostalgic for the good old days.