All posts by Maria Sansone

About Maria Sansone

I Wife I Mama I Broadcaster I Merrymaker

My Crazy Kitchen LIVE!

“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!

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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It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s a mermaid?!?

When your 3 year old decides that the entire family should be superheroes you totally oblige! And by oblige I mean start buying everything I see on Amazon that’s superhero” related. (I must confess, it was more of an “Amazon Prime Halloween” than a “Pinterest Halloween” & I’m TOTALLY cool with that!) I even went to real stores! Like, the ones where you have to get out of your car & go inside & talk to humans…..ON Halloween!!! I ran around like a crazed lunatic making sure we all had our proper accessories! Done!!! Our costumes were complete. We were going to be the best superhero family this side of Krypton!

So, now it’s trick or treat time & we’re all set. (This is it! Don’t get scared now!!) The bat mobile is packed, costumes are on, Grace is totally owning Rite Aid’s finest Batman costume, Superman is secured in his tiny car seat, Spidey is at the wheel & Wonder Woman is feeling prettttty good about life/ like she may have real superpowers when the unthinkable..err…the inevitable happens! Batman is crying! Noooooo!! Grace decides she absolutely must change out of her Batman costume at once! Oh the humanity!!!!! She returns moments later…proud as punch…in a poofy, shiny, PINK mermaid costume. Inside, the theme lover in me was crushed, pulverized, dying a slow death. BUT on the outside Wonder Woman smiled & said ” Wow! That’s awesome!!”. I think this right here is what they call “motherhood”. I had to laugh. Who doesn’t love a PLOT TWIST?!?

So, this is how we became the family of superheroes & a happy little mermaid.

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Taco-ish Tuesday

A healthy twist on Taco Tuesday!

Here’s my Turkey Taco Salad with corn, tomato and avocado tossed with chipotle ranch dressing, a drizzle of fresh squeezed lime & a dollop of sour cream. Sautéed the ground turkey with the usual taco seasoning. You can throw this together in no time. SO quick. SO easy. SO good.

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Easter Girls

What’s more fun than an Easter floral & new patent leather shoes? Being an old soul…I would have wrestled alligators to get Grace in an Easter bonnet BUT wrestling with a 3 year old just to get her out he door to church was all this preggo mama could handle. Here we are admiring each other in our Sunday Best! Soaking up these moments. I love a holiday!

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