I just received my September issue of InStyle magazine. Low and behold while thumbing through, on page 700 was a gorgeous chocolate cupcake with white icing. Mounted proudly on top were two of the most realistic blue butterflies I have ever seen. They were beautiful and edible. The wings are paper thin and colorful. This is a must to use on my next cupcake project for a group.
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In fact, the butterflies are so realistic I may have a problem eating them. Check out this website. You will love it.
Now on to other subjects. Have you ever been enjoying dinner at someone’s house and asked if you could have the recipe only to be told it is a secret family recipe? It has happened to me on several occasions.
The only time a secret recipe has any clout is if the recipe belongs to Bobby Flay.
I was looking through my old recipes, no big secrets there, and came across an old favorite of mine, a quick pasta sauce. It’s been in my drawer so long I can’t recall who gets the credit.
The nice thing about this recipe is you can make it the night before.
Please note, I make a few changes to this recipe.
30-minute Spaghetti Sauce
3/4 to 1 pound ground round (I use 1 pound Italian sausage)
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1 can (6-oz) tomato paste
1 can (8-oz) tomato sauce
1 envelope dry onion soup mix
1 tbsp. dried basil (I also throw in some fresh basil and Italian parsley to my liking)
1 tsp. ground pepper
1 can (4-oz) mushrooms with juice (I use 4-oz fresh mushrooms sliced)
1 cup water
Brown ground round in large skillet with lid. Add remaining ingredients. Stir to mix. Add more water if sauce is too thick. Simmer for 30 minutes, stirring frequently. If sauce is too thin, simmer uncovered to reduce. Serve over your favorite pasta and cover with grated parmesan cheese. Serves 4.
Note: I also throw in a pinch of sugar then taste — just enough sugar to get rid of the acidity in the tomato sauce but not too much. I use this sauce when I make Braciole, an Italian steak roll. Enjoy.
Category: Lola's Kitchen