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About Maria Sansone

I Wife I Mama I Broadcaster I Merrymaker

My Crazy Kitchen LIVE: Papa’s Pizza

The pizza life chose me!! My parents joined me LIVE in my crazy kitchen & it was pretty much the best thing ever. My dad made us world famous pizza & stole the show!

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I learned it all from my dad & he’s sharing his tried & true recipe! It wasn’t easy to get exact measurements from him but I did it!! I hope you love it as much as we do!

Papa’s Pizza

INGREDIENTS

For the sauce:

• 1 28oz can whole plum San Marzano tomatoes ( look for serial number to ensure it’s the real deal)

•. 3 oz tomato purée

• 1 teaspoons dried oregano

• 1/2 teaspoon salt

• 1 tablespoon granulated garlic

• 1/2 teaspoon sugar

For the Pizza:

• 1 16 oz store bought pizza dough ball

• 6 ounces shredded mozzarella

• 1/4 cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano

• Stick of Pepperoni (skin on, found in deli area ask them to cut thin)

INSTRUCTIONS

Dough should be covered, resting at room temp until pillow soft. You’ll have to plan ahead! Heat the oven to 475. Lightly oil your pan with a small amount of Olive Oil or Crisco. If you don’t have a round pizza pan you can use a cookie sheet.

Start your sauce. Use just the tomatoes from the can and blend in your pan with an emulsion blender. (If you don’t have one use your blender or food processor.) Side Note: if you want to skip all those steps just buy a can of good crushed tomatoes and call it a day. My dad & I disagree on this big time.) Either way- Add the dry ingredients to your sauce. Add tomato paste and simmer on stove until thick.

Our round pans are 12 inches so we don’t use the whole 16 oz dough ball. (Rule of thumb – take the diameter of your pan & add 2. So for my 12 in pan we’re using 14 oz dough . Math! Ugh. But, you get the picture! )

Dust your dough ball with a generous about of flour. Gently stretch the dough to edges of the pan. Dough can be very temperamental! Careful not to overwork it. This could take some time— be patient. It’s worth it. It should be thin but not thin enough that it’s tearing.

Spread sauce over the pizza, leaving a little border around the edges. Arrange mozzarella cheese over top, cover with grated Parmigiano-Reggiano & add the pepperoni. Use the kind from the deli that I mentioned above so it will “cup and char” a term my dad loves.

Bake on 475 until it’s done! Haha. Depends on your over but anywhere from 15 to 2O minutes, until the crust is golden brown and crisp.

Slide the pizzas onto a pizza peel or cutting board to cool. Slice and MANGIA!!!

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My Crazy Kitchen LIVE: Pasta w/ Broccoli Rabe & Italian Sausage

This is one of my favorite dishes! I never pass it up on a menu but truth be told – the one I make it home is kinda aaamazing. If I can make it LIVE, in less than 30 min, with a houseful of hungry people in my ear…you can do it too! Trust! (Thanks for tuning in by the way! ) As promised, here’s the recipe!

PASTA w/ HOT ITALIAN SAUSAGE & BROCCOLI RABE

• 1 lb pasta (your choice) • 1 cup chicken stock • 3 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil • 1 pound Italian Sausage (casing removed) • 2 cloves of garlic ( minced) • 1 bunch Broccoli Rabe (chopped) • 1 cup Parmesan Cheese (freshly grated) • Salt and Pepper • Butter (optional)

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook pasta about 1 minute short of the package instructions and drain. (You’ll be cooking it a bit more later)

Heat a sauté pan with (3 tablespoons) of extra virgin olive oil. Add the sausage, break it up & cook, until browned (about 8 minutes.) Add minced garlic & cook for about 1 minute. Careful not to burn! Add the broccoli rabe to the pan, season with salt and pepper & toss to coat in the pan drippings.

Toss in chicken stock & Sauté about 3 minutes or until tender making sure to scrape up brown bits from the pan.

Add the pasta and toss to coat. Cook for 1 more minute. (Optional: Add a pat or 2 of butter if you’re feeling wild!)

Add a whole bunch of freshly grated cheese and toss until creamy. Serve immediately. Enjoy!

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A Celery Juice a day….

All of a sudden everyone’s talking Celery Juice!

The interwebs is buzzing about the Medical Medium  who says one glass of pure celery juice every morning can change your life! It has naturally healing powers to make you look & feel your best. BUT, you have to make it fresh EVERY morning & drink it on an empty stomach. Like..before coffee! Hmmm…I’ll try anything once…SO HERE GOES!

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My Crazy Kitchen LIVE: Grandma’s Meatloaf

“MA, THE MEATLOAF!!” Everyone needs a good ol’ meatloaf recipe in their bag of tricks.

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It was a typical night in my crazy kitchen! (link in proThis recipe is tried & true AND even sneaks in some whole grain oats! I was always skeptical about a LOAF of meat BUT it’s delicious (trust) & the kids LOVE it. So, straight from my personal recipes here’s… GRANDMA’s MEATLOAF

1.5 lb ground beef

1 egg

3/4 cup whole grain oats

3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

3/4 cup Milk

onion salt 

pepper

Worcestershire sauce (optional) 

Chicken bouillon  cube 

Preheat oven to 350. Mix the first for ingredients being careful not to over mix the meat. Sprinkle some Worcestershire sauce,  use a generous amount of onion salt, cover the top with black pepper. Gently mix & form into loaf. Place loaf into a baking dish with a thin layer of water. Place the bouillon cube in the dish. Cover with aluminum foil & bake in oven at 350 for about 1- 1.5 hours or until cooked through.

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Shopping for a great cause!

With 2 growing kids I’m at the grocery store ALL the time! So, I can appreciate a bargain!

I was happy to attend the 300th opening celebration of Grocery Outlets in Inglewood. Not only is the store full of fresh & healthy foods at great prices BUT they are also committed to giving back to the community.

It was my pleasure to present a check to a wonderful Inglewood organization called “All for One”. They work with children to help build character through social programs which emphasize the importance of personal growth as well as the development of the community as a whole.

You can learn more & get involved with “All for One” here…http://ofakids.org/

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My Crazy Kitchen LIVE: Spaghetti Carbonara

Join me in my kitchen as I make classic Spaghetti Carbonara with the fam!

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10 Minute Spaghetti Carbonara

This is a classic recipe for an authentic Italian comfort food that is tried and true. No butter, no cream, no garlic. Just a few simple yet quality ingredients. By the time the pasta is done boiling – this dish is complete!

1/2 lb Thick Spaghetti

4oz Guanciale (the cheek of the pork) or pancetta (Italian bacon) or thick cut bacon (ONLY as a last resort) cut into small cubes.

2 tbsp olive oil

2 eggs

1/4 cup Quality Parmesan cheese (or pecorino) freshly grated.

Fresh black pepper

Cook the pasta boiling salted water until al dente.

Meanwhile, heat the oil in a pan and fry pancetta until nice and crispy. Remove from heat.

In a bowl, lightly beat the eggs with 1/4 cup grated cheese and fresh ground pepper.

When pasta is ready, remove it it directly from boiling water with tongs and add to the pan with the pancetta. Then mix well to coat.

Then immediately add the egg and cheese mixture.

Coat the pasta completely with the sauce and serve right away.

Top with lots of additional cheese and pepper. (Salt to taste if necessary)

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My Grown Up Christmas Wish

Last year I had a huge Christmas wish . I remember this day well because I just found out that I was pregnant with Benjamin. I was about 5 weeks pregnant—-and i was terrified. Having just had 3 miscarriages & so much heartbreak I was hoping for the best but prepared for the worst. Don’t get me wrong, I was excited & hopeful but at the same time overcome with fear. Fear that at any moment this could all be taken from me —-again. I did everything i could to take my mind of things & as I got further along things got a little easier. But, I feel like I didn’t take my first real breath until that baby was in my arms.

I know many of you out there can relate & many are going through these very struggles right now. The holidays are my absolute favorite time of year but I realize it can be extra difficult & emotional for those who are having troubles. But keep on charging ahead my friends. My Christmas wish came true . Yours can too. I believe in miracles!!

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Greek Eggs by the Ocean

OPA! Fried eggs over sautéed spinach & fennel. Topped with Greek yogurt & a little green Tobasco. (Or in my case ALOT of Tobasco) Perfect combo! Fresh yet Rich & Tangy. #foodnofilter #breakfast #beachlife

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