Homemade Pizza Sauce

The best thing about this Homemade Pizza Sauce, is that you can control what goes into it. It’s not salty, it has great flavor and is my go to sauce when making pizzas or calzones.


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Pumpkin Spice Mix

Pumpkin Spice Mix is always in my pantry.  I use it on pies, cookies and cakes. This is the perfect spice for all of your holiday baking.



1/3 cup ground cinnamon
1 tbsp ground ginger
1 tbsp ground nutmeg or mace
1 1/2 tsp ground cloves
1 1/2 tsp ground allspice

Mix all of the spices and keep in a jar in cool place.

Marinara Sauce

This marinara sauce is super easy.  Whether you are making chicken parmesan, spaghetti and meatballs, baked ziti, this is the perfect sauce.  This is my go to sauce specially when I’m running behind and I just want to throw something together.  I’ll make some meatballs and boil some pasta and I’m done.  In less than 40 minutes I have a full meal on the table.

A good pasta sauce does not have to simmer all day long.


1/4 cup olive oil
2 garlic cloves minced
1 med size onion chopped
2 bay leaves
2-28 oz cans tomatoes, crushed
bunch of fresh basil
1 tbsp of sugar
salt and pepper to taste

 Coat a saucepan with 1/4 cup of olive oil on medium heat, add the garlic, onions and bay leaves. Cook for about 5 minutes. Add the tomatoes, fresh basil, sugar and salt and pepper.  Cook for about 15 minutes until the sauce is nice and thick. Simmer and keep warm.


Kansas City BBQ Sauce

Summer is all about BBQ.  Ribs or chicken..which one?  I decided to make ribs today with a homemade Kansas City BBQ Sauce.  If you like a sauce with a kick, then this is the one for you.  This sauce is spicy, tangy, with a sweet tomato sauce.  You can’t go wrong.


2 tbsp oil
1 med onion, chopped
1 cup tomato sauce
1/3 cup dark brown sugar
1/4 cup ketchup
1/4 cup molasses
1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp salt
1 tsp ground mustard
1/4 tsp smoked paprika
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper

In a large saucepan, heat oil over medium heat. Add onions and cook for about 5-6 minutes.  Then add all other ingredients.  Cook for about 10 minutes on low.  

Get some bone in or boneless country style pork ribs.  Season with onion powder, garlic powder, salt and pepper.  Grill the ribs to your preference..then baste on some of the Kansas City BBQ sauce, and cook for a few minutes until the sauce is nice and hot!  Enjoy with corn on the cob and some mac and cheese.

Reduced Red Wine Sauce for Steaks

If you enjoy drinking red wine, then this is a  red wine sauce that you are going to love with your steak. As a side I made some Au Gratin Potatoes.


3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
6 tablespoons cold unsalted butter
1 onion, thinly sliced
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1/4 cup tomato paste
1 cup of chicken stock
1 1/2 cups dry red wine

    Melt 2 tablespoons of butter in a heavy large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the onions and saute until tender, about 5 minutes. Season with salt. Add the garlic and oregano and saute until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Stir in the tomato paste and cook for 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Whisk in the chicken stock and wine. Simmer until the sauce reduces by half, stirring occasionally, about 10 minutes.

     Remove the skillet from the heat. Strain the sauce into a small bowl, pressing on the solids to extract as much liquid as possible. Discard the solids in the strainer and return the sauce to the saucepan and bring back to a slow simmer. Cut the remaining 4 tablespoons of butter into small 1/2-inch chunks and whisk in the sauce a little at a time. Season the sauce, to taste, with salt and pepper.

    Drizzle the sauce over the steak, or pour into individual serving ramekins. Enjoy with your favorite piece of steak.

    BBQ Sauces: Spicy and Sweet

    One of the best things of summer is barbecuing.  My husband and I usually BBQ all year long, but during the summer we really enjoy being outside by the pool and cooking some good food.  Today I made two BBQ sauces..one is spicy and the other one sweet and tangy.

    I found this recipe in the Food Network Magazine, and I thought why not give it a try.

    Almost Famous BBQ Sauce-Spicy and a little darker in color


    2 tbsp Vegetable oil
    3 gloves of garlic smashed
    1/4 cup tomato paste
    1 tbsp chilli powder
    1 3/4 cups apple cider vinegar
    1/4 water
    1/4 cup molasses
    2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
    1 tbsp honey
    1 tbsp mustard powder
    2 tsp Instant espresso powder
    3/4 tsp ground pepper
    1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
    1 cup ketchup
    1 cup pineapple preserves
    1/2 tsp liquid smoke

    Heat vegetable oil in medium saucepan over medium heat.  Add garlic and cook, stirring occasionally, until golden about 1 minute.  Stir in tomato paste and chilli powder until incorporated, about 1 minute.  Whisk in the vinegar, water, molasses, Worcestershire sauce, honey, mustard powder, espresso black pepper and cayenne..bring to a simmer and cook for 5 minutes.  Whisk in the ketchup and pineapple preserves. Simmer and cook for 45 or until thickened.  Whisk in the liquid smoke and let sauce sit until cool to room temperature.  take out the garlic.  Can refrigerate for up to 2 weeks.  You can use it on ribs and chicken.  Enjoy!!

    Texas Style BBQ sauce– Sweet and Spicy


    1 tbsp butter
    1 small onion chopped
    2 garlic cloves, minced
    1 cup of ketchup
    1/4 cup packed brown sugar
    1/4 lemon juice
    2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
    2 tbsp tomato paste
    1 tbsp yellow mustard
    1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
    1 tsp chilli powder

    In a large saucepan, heat butter over medium heat, add the onions and cook for 3 minutes add garlic, cook for 1 minute.  then stir in remaining ingredients, bring to a boil and the reduce to simmer. cook for 15-20 minutes to allow flavors to blend.  Enjoy with your ribs or chicken!!