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Old Guy's No Salt Added Spaghetti Sauce

I grew up outside of Pittsburgh, in a multi-ethnic area. My first real job was driving the delivery car for a local pharmacy. Two of our regular customers were an elderly Italian couple. If I was lucky, I would get to their house at dinner time. Mrs F. always had a pot of spaghetti at every meal. I loved hearing her say, "come in and have a taste". Her idea of a taste was a huge bowl of the best spaghetti and sauce I have ever eaten. I have tried to duplicate that delicious sauce for years. This is my version, minus added salt. There is some salt from the tomatoes naturally, and the bacon, but the sodium is minimal.

Ingredients:
1 pound ground beef
1/2 pound ground pork
3 pieces precooked low sodium bacon
4 cloves of garlic
2 stalks of celery, on from the center with leaves
1 small sweet onion
1 carrot
1/2 cup of bell pepper
1 teaspoon dry basil
1 teaspoon dry oregano
1 tablespoon dry Italian seasoning
1 teaspoon white pepper
1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper
2 tablespoons oli…

Cinnamon Pancakes With Caramel Apple Sauce

For the last couple of months, I have been helping prepare the men's breakfast at the church. Now that I have the quirks of the oven, and the layout of the kitchen down, it's time to get creative with new recipes. The inspiration for these pancakes came from a restaurant chain in the Pittsburgh area. Kings Family Restaurant had my favorite dessert, hot apple pie with cinnamon ice cream. I probably have consumed 20 pies and who knows how many gallons of ice cream in my late teens. This recipe is a flip of that great combination, with the cinnamon in the pancakes, and the apples in a slightly gooey caramel sauce.

Begin by combining:
1 cup baking mix 1 tablespoon sugar 1 egg 1/2 teaspoon baking powder 1 tablespoon softened butter 1/2  cup milk 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
1 pinch of ginger Stir until combined, but don't over mix.

Caramel Sauce:
1 cup light brown sugar packed
1 stick butter
1/2 cup heavy cream
1/4 cup light corn syrup
1/4…

Pan Fried Pork Sandwich

One of our favorite restaurants, has a fried pork tenderloin sandwich on a rotating basis. It what we order every time it is available. Unfortunately, it is only available a few weeks a year. That left me with no other option but to create my own.

To begin, preheat a cast iron pan with about 1/2 inch of oil to 350 degrees.
While the oil is heating, make the coating for the pork. This is a basic 3 step process. One bowl of flour, seasoned with salt and pepper, one dish of beaten eggs and one of panko bread crumbs.

First dredge the pork in the flour.






Next place in the egg wash.



Finally, coat in the panko bread crumbs.









When the pork is coated, carefully add two pieces at a time to the hot oil.




Remember, the oil is very hot, and will cause burns if you are not careful. Fry on one side about 3 to 4 minutes, then carefully flip, and fry the other side until the pork is golden brown. Check with a meat thermometer, and make sure the internal temperature is at least 150 degrees. Drain on paper…

Dutch Baby with Fresh Strawberries

About every six months, several members of the cast iron groups I belong to, go on a Dutch Baby kick. It seems every other post is a picture of this German style pancake. Think of a cross between a pancake and a souffle and you have a Dutch Baby. They are easy to make and fun to watch baking.  I felt it was time for my own version.

When making most pancakes, you mix the batter until the ingredients are combined. A few lumps are no problem. Over mixed and the batter becomes tough and rubbery.

With a Dutch Baby, whipping the ingredients is the key. Most recipes call for using a blender, but I use my immersion blender.
Ingredients:
2 jumbo eggs room temperature
3/4 cup warm milk
3/4 cup flour sifted
1 tablespoon sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon lemon extract
3 tablespoons butter
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
powdered sugar for dusting.


Place a 10 inch cast iron pan in your oven, then preheat to 400 degrees. When the oven reaches 400 degrees, begin making your batter.

Begin by…

Steak on the Rocks with Vegetable Brown Rice.

A couple of years ago our friends John and Kim took us to the Black Rock Grill to celebrate our anniversary. The concept is simple; special lava rocks are heated in very hot oven for an hour. They are carefully removed from the oven, placed on a special holder, then sprinkled with a dusting of coarse salt, and finally, topped with your favorite steak. After going home from one of the best meals I have eaten, I found Black Rock sells home rock sets. Since ordering, the rocks have become one of our favorite ways to eat steak. For sides, sometimes we have a salad, other times we grill mini peppers and onions in the  steak juices.



This is not a meal if you are in a rush, stones take an hour to heat, and the rice takes about the same time to cook. Also remember, STONES ARE EXTREMELY HOT AND WILL BURN IF NOT HANDLED PROPERLY.

To begin the rice, add 1 tablespoon sesame oil to the bottom of a small skillet.  Lightly toast the rice. In a sauce pan, add 2 1/2 cups of low sodium beef broth brin…