Tuesday, August 30, 2011

All About Milo

At 19 1/2 months old Milo is still all baby. He has taken a few steps but isn't even walking consistently. Since he's the last baby of our family I can't say that I'm sad that he's taking his time growing up. He's an adorable, sweet, squishable, loveable bundle of love. He's the most timid of my children, spending a lot of his time observing others, yet doesn't hesitate to let us know (loudly) when he has a need. He loves french fries (something I would have never let Jackson eat at that age - oh how times change!). He can identify a wide range of television characters thanks to his brothers' television habits. Spongebob and Dora are his favorite. Although after watching an episode of Spongebob lately I'm thinking twice about that. I'll push more Dora :) And lets not forget about his funny faces. This kid can give some looks I have never seen before - and is particularly fond of scrunching up his entire face to communicate his dislike of something. Cuteness! If only he'd stay this little forever.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Grandma Babe's Sauce

I made this two times with her in my kitchen in Virginia, and tasted it many times at her home in New York. If anyone wants to make a (slightly labor intensive) delicious marinara sauce this is it. I make a big batch and then freeze the leftovers.

1 small pack pork neck bones
1 pack Premio Italian sausage (hot or mild, I use both)
2 cans 6oz. Contadina tomato paste
2 29oz cans Hunt's tomato sauce
1/4 yellow onion

Use heavy stock pot, coat bottom generously with olive oil. Set heat to medium high. If heat is too high the oil will burn. Slice approx. 1/4 of a yellow onion. Lightly brown onion in oil and then remove and discard. Rinse neck bones and trim any excess bits, pat dry on paper towel and brown in oil. Remove and set aside. Take sausages and hand "roll" them until they are straight and not curved. Brown all sides in oil. Only brown 3-4 at a time as not to crowd the pot. Remove sausages and set aside. Turn heat down to low, add two cans tomato paste and one can water, stir until "saucy". Raise heat to med-high and bring to a low boil. Add 1 layer around pot of garlic powder, a little pepper, and 1 tsp. salt. Add two cans of tomato sauce, stir well and then return meat to pot. Bring to a boil and add another layer of garlic powder and 1/2 tsp. basil. Lower to simmer and cover pot almost all the way to steam can escape. Simmer as long as possible but at least one hour.

Jackson showing Grandma his playroom during one of her visits: