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Need a Homemade Tomato Sauce Recipe?

Homemade Tomato Sauce Recipe

If your garden is anything like mine, you have tomatoes coming out of your ears.  They taste so good and are available for such a short time here.  I love to turn them into yummy treats that can be used all year long and one of my favorites is homemade tomato sauce.  While making your own tomato sauce may seem daunting, it’s really not!  Just to help you out, here are some of the best recipes out there.  (Try them all and then stop back and let me know which is YOUR favorite homemade tomato sauce recipe.)

Whether you call it tomato sauce, spaghetti sauce, meat sauce, red sauce, or gravy, pasta and sauce is a staple in most homes.  It’s relatively inexpensive, feeds a bunch of people without massive cleanup, and doesn’t leave you hungry.  Unfortunately, a great homemade sauce recipe is a well-kept secret by Italian grandmothers, so the rest of us are stuck using that stuff in a jar.

Luckily for you, a few amazing bloggers have each volunteered to share their best homemade tomato sauce recipe with you. Try them out and let us know which one is your favorite!

Mushroom Bolognese – This sauce is mostly made of mushrooms, but it definitely tops the charts for homemade goodness!

Italian Style Tomato Sauce – If you love the convenience of jarred sauce but want the goodness of homemade, this canning recipe is for you.  It even sneaks some carrots and celery in there for extra nutritional value.

Seasoned Tomato Sauce – Another canning recipe, so it will take some time to make a batch.  However, it is sure to be better than any jarred sauce you’ve ever had, and you’ll have it all winter.  If you love garlic and onion you should definitely try it.

Roasted Garlic Tomato Sauce – Roasted garlic, bell peppers, and a little brown sugar for sweetness make this recipe different from many tomato sauce recipes.

Crockpot Italian Sausage Spaghetti Sauce – Many Italian cooks swear by the cooking-for-days method when it comes to “Sunday Gravy”.  This recipe simplifies that and cooks for only 3 hours in the crockpot.  Throw it in and by the time you get back from picking the kids up from school it’s done!

Copycat Olive Garden Spaghetti Sauce – This one does use a small jar of Ragu, but it adds plenty of fresh ingredients as well, and one CRAZY one.  Wait till you see it!

Slow Cooker Fresh Tomato Sauce – Another fun slow cooker recipe.  Throw it all in and puree it with a hand blender 8 hours later.  Who doesn’t love to come home from work to the smell of spaghetti sauce?

Homemade Pasta Sauce – This one is pretty simple and only uses 7 ingredients.  If you have a picky eater on your hands or if you are just looking for something simple, this is the recipe for you.

Remember, a good sauce isn’t just for spaghetti.  It can be used on any type of pasta and in all sorts of dishes from spaghetti to manicotti to baked ziti.  You can even pour it over spaghetti squash to make it more nutritious.

Happy Spaghetti Night!

Best Strawberry Ice Cream Recipe

Best Strawberry Ice Cream Recipe

One of the best parts of summer is ice cream!  Another great summer treat is strawberries.  Put them together into the best strawberry ice cream you ever had, and you can’t lose!  I’ll admit, I was never a huge strawberry ice cream fan when I tried the kind you buy at the store, but once I made my own….love at first taste!  This recipe has a secret ingredient that sets it apart from the rest and gives it that little extra zip.

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Best Strawberry Ice Cream Recipe
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This strawberry ice cream recipe uses one surprising ingredient that sets it apart from the rest.
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 8
  • 1 pound fresh strawberries, hulled and washed
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons 100% Pure Vanilla Extract
  • ¼ teaspoon 100% Pure Lemon Extract
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1½ cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1 cup whole milk
  1. Add all the ingredients EXCEPT milk and cream into a large glass bowl and mash with a potato masher until slightly chunky.
  2. Add the milk and cream and continue mashing until the liquid has turned a bright pink color.
  3. Allow to sit refrigerated for 2 - 4 hours.
  4. Stir again and then add to your ice cream maker and follow appliance instructions.


Chocolate Cream Stuffed Crepes Recipe

Chocolate Cream Stuffed Crepes RecipeI try to serve desserts that are a little lighter when I’m doing any summer entertaining. Crepes are one of my favorite ways to have a more formal or fancy dessert without it being too heavy in the hot weather.  Add to that my love of chocolate, and you can see why these Chocolate Cream Stuffed Crepes are the perfect summer dessert for me!

5.0 from 2 reviews
Chocolate Cream Stuffed Crepes
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These elegant crepes are perfect for any type of entertaining or just as a decadent treat for a night in.
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 8
  • Crepes
  • 1¼ Cups Flour
  • 1½ Teaspoons Sugar
  • ¼ Teaspoon Salt
  • 1 Teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 3 Large Eggs
  • 2¼ Cups Milk (2%)
  • 3 Tablespoons Butter, Melted
  • Decadent Rich Chocolate Filling
  • ¼ Cup Hershey's Syrup
  • 1 8 oz Tub Whipped Topping
  • 5 Mini Hershey bars grated
  • Mini Hershey bars quartered for top of crepes.
  1. To make the crepes:
  2. Mix together the flour, sugar, salt, and baking powder until well blended. Add the eggs one at a time mixing well. Slowly pour in the milk and butter and mix for about 2 minutes until batter is smooth and thin.
  3. Heat nonstick pan over medium heat. The pan is key for making crepes. Spray the pan liberally with a nonstick cooking oil between each crepe.
  4. Pour ¾ cup of batter into ~9 inch heated pan and pick the pan up to quickly "swirl" the batter around the pan until the edges are slightly creeping up around the sides. You want the batter to be coated evenly around the bottom of the pan.
  5. The crepe will cook quickly, and begin to create bubbles in the batter. Cook about 1-2 minutes on one side, then with a large flipper lift the edges around the crepe until you can completely get under the crepe.
  6. Lift the entire crepe and flip. Cook for about 1 minute on the other side.
  7. **Cooking temperatures could vary depending on your stove**
  8. Lift the crepe and set aside to continue to the next one. Makes about 8 crepes.
  9. To make the filling:
  10. Mix the Hershey's Syrup with the whipped topping for chocolate fluff and add the grated mini Hershey bars saving about 1-2 Tablespoons for the top of the crepe.
  11. Plating
  12. Spread approximately ¼ cup of the mixture on the crepe, drizzle with Hershey's syrup and roll the crepe. Add whipped topping and a few grated chocolate pieces to the top. Serve warm and enjoy!


20 Luscious Lemon Recipes

20 Luscious Lemon Recipes

There are just certain fruits that say summer to me and one of those is lemons! I love lemons and try to incorporate them into as many dishes as I can. Lemons are refreshing and tart. They contain lots of vitamin C and other nutrients that are beneficial to your health. Lemons can, of course, make lemonade but they can help to infuse flavor into many more dishes. Here are 20 luscious lemon recipes that you may want to make for yourself, your family, or your friends.

20 Luscious Lemon Recipes for Everyday Use

  1. Lemon Raspberry Crepes- Cooking on the Front Burners
  2. Chicken Scallopini- Cooking with Curls
  3. Strawberry Lemon Curd Tartlets-The Baking Fairy
  4. Poppy Seed Lemon Linzer Cookies-Cooking on the Front Burners
  5. Lemon Meringue Rice Krispie Treats- The Sweet Chick
  6. Chicken Lemon Soup- The Frugal Foodie Mama
  7. Yellow Punch-Coffee with Us 3
  8. Lemon Drop Bread with Candied Lemons-The Frugal Foodie Mama
  9. Crockpot Lemon Whole Chicken- Coffee with Us 3
  10. Glazed Lemon Blueberry Scones- The Love Nerds
  11. Blueberry Lemon Cream Cheese Muffins- The Frugal Foodie Mama
  12. Blueberry Lemon Doughnuts- It Bakes Me Happy
  13. Lemon Cranberry Scones- The Sweet Chick
  14. Lemon Burst Cupcakes- It Bakes Me Happy
  15. Limoncello and Asparagus Risotto- Cooking on the Front Burners
  16. Lemon Pecan Bundt-The Baking Fairy
  17. Lemon Chewies- It Bakes Me Happy
  18. Lemon Supreme Dessert-Cooking on the Front Burners
  19. Chicken Tagine-Cooking with Curls
  20. Lemon White Chocolate Rolls-The Baking Fairy

Make your own flavored water – cucumber, watermelon, and basil.

Make your own infused fruit flavored water.

Don’t buy vitamin water or other flavored water!  Make your own for just pennies…

Last week, I shared the recipe for citrus and mint water.  Today, I am trying cucumber, watermelon, and basil.  I have to admit that I was a bit dubious about this one because of the basil.  I added lemon basil which has a light flavor that reminds me a bit of Froot Loops.  I used about a half cup of cubed watermelon, a half of a cucumber sliced, and two sprigs of lemon basil.  It is really good!  A bit tastier than just plain cucumber water, IMO.