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Grandpa’s sauce for the holidays!

They always say that the secret is in the sauce.   I, for one, believe that.  My grandfather had the best spaghetti sauce EVAR!  I remember the magical smell that greeted us at the door on Christmas Eve at his house, or clearly see myself as I jumped up and down in delight as he carried in the crockpot full of red sauce when the holidays were celebrated at our house on the farm.  Ahhh….these are some of the treasured memories of childhood holidays with family.

One year, when I was in my early 20’s, I was brave enough to say, “Grandpa, would you write down your recipe for me?”.   His response was the typical Italian chef response…”Well, just a little of this and a little of that.”  After pestering him for a little bit, he finally wrote down the recipe for me on a scratch piece of paper.  I still have that paper.

Over the next couple of years I attempted to recreate that recipe.  You already know how this turned out because I used the word “attempted” in my sentence.  It was always a failure.  I could never get the sauce right.  Not only did I not get it right, it was always downright AWFUL!   I guess I don’t have the Italian gene that is capable of pulling off the “little of this and little of that” with flare.  Needless to say, I stopped trying to recreate his recipe and turned to another that I was able to complete with culinary acceptance.

This year, in the spirit of trying to turn my holiday doldrums around, I decided to give it another try.  I gave my son the list of ingredients to buy at the store (yes, there are benefits to having a teenage son who is currently unemployed!).  When I got home this evening, I strapped on my apron (hypothetically speaking of course…Grandpa always had his on) and I went to work.

Chop some celery, slice italian sausage, brown spaghettisauce1sausage and ground beef, chop the green pepper, throw it all into the crock pot with the tomato sauce, add tomato paste, add a pinch of oregano, a bay leaf and garlic bud!   Hmmm…this is going well.   Starting to look like spaghetti sauce.

Stir it all together and let simmer for 24 hours!  MMMM.  The best part! spaghettisauce2

Early indications are positive.  My daughter and her friend are at the house tonight for their annual Gingerbread house build.  They taste tested and gave me the big thumbs up.  I’m hopeful!

Keep your fingers crossed for a traditional Jacobucci spaghetti feast in the house on Christmas Eve!  It’s beginning to smell a lot like Christmas!

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