How many times do I hear myself say, "where is that big orange binder?" or "has anyone seen that big orange binder?" The big orange binder has been accumulating recipes, kinspiration & original recipe cards tucked into plastic sleeves for my entire-almost-forty year existence. "The Big Orange Binder" is an organization attempt. It's a recipe with a story neatly packaged in a place where I'll always be able to find the ever-elusive . . . Big Orange Binder.

Saturday, August 25, 2012


This is the easiest red meat sauce ever.  I've tried about 40 different home-made, part home-made and jar recipes and can't find one that pleases the family like this.  Middle doesn't like chunks of meat.  MOTH likes big chunks of meat.  MOTH won't eat anything with a visible tomato in it.  Little likes it thick.

So . . . . here's my double batch of meat sauce . . .

One pound of mild italian sausage
One pound of lean ground beef

Brown it in a big skillet

Once brown, add two cans (yes cans) of Hunt's traditional sauce and 1/2 can of water.

Simmer.  Throw in a bay leaf to make you feel like you're a better cook.

Serve over hot noodles, or refrigerate for leftovers and lunch boxes throughout the week.

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