Lucia Sauce

So for my first adventure in the kitchen, I thought I would start with a favorite in my family, Lucia sauce.  Growing up, I was the world’s PICKIEST eater, until I traveled to Italy for the first time and my curiosity was peaked by food.  I actually tried Octopus (AH!)!  I am still pretty picky, but I am working on being more open-minded.  The reason I share this with you is because, even though this sauce is named after me,  I have yet to taste it.   It is one of my sisters favorites and my best friend loves it, but being my picky self – I would never eat anything involving peppers!  So here it goes – I will  try this sauce finally at the age of 23.  I just hope it’s as good as my mothers…

Lucia Sauce

½ cup Extra Virgin Olive oil

1 medium onion (Chopped)

3 cloves garlic

1 medium can crushed tomatoes

1 tsp dried basil

1 pint heavy cream

Crushed red pepper to taste

Salt and Pepper to taste

Sauté onions in olive oil until browned.   Add garlic, basil, and crushed red pepper.  Sauté until garlic is translucent.  Add tomatoes and cook on a simmer for about 30 minutes.  Add cream and bring to a gentle simmer.  (You may add cooked shrimp or chicken at this time.)

Tip: the finished sauce should be pinker than orange.  The longer the sauce cooks, the more orange it becomes.

Kitchen Adventures!

Hello everyone!  This is my first post on my first blog! Kind of exciting and a little scary to be honest.  I am starting this blog as a personal quest to ignite my creativity, and fuel my passions in life.  I guess I am starting this blog in order to hold myself accountable for what I do with my life.  One thing I am truly passionate about is cooking.  I come from a long line of amazing people who do amazing things in the kitchen and I do not want that to fade away with my generation.  I come from a large Italian family where EVERYTHING happens in the kitchen.  Some of my greatest memories throughout my 23 years have been in the kitchen with my family – laughing, crying, discussing, learning, and most of all  – cooking!

So, every week I am going to post a new recipe, either a family heirloom or one I have come across and attempt to create mouth watering dishes!  I will do my best to update everyone on my successes (and failures) in the kitchen.  Hopefully, while embarking on this journey, I can make some great memories with the people around me who will get the chance to taste my experiments!

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