Stephanie Queen is sharing Grandma's Gravy - aka marinara sauce

Welcome Stephanie, she will be sharing a family recipe. Even though I'm posting the actual recipe, watch the video. Very interesting!

USA Today Bestselling Author Stephanie Queen is a romantic at heart and a writer by nature. So of course she loves creating stories where the good guys always win--as they fall in love. Although she's lost count of all the jobs she had before she settled on being a Novelist, her favorite was selling cookies as a Keebler Elf. She is a graduate of UConn (go Huskies!) and Harvard U and lives in New Hampshire with her family, her cat, Kitty, and a troop of fun-loving friends who all enjoy her cooking.

Stephanie Queen’s Recipe for Grandma’s Gravy (aka marinara sauce)
2 28 oz cans Crushed Tomato
1 lg can Tomato Paste
3-4 cloves of Fresh Garlic
4 medium – large bunches of fresh large leaf basil
¼-1 whole Sweet Onion, chopped finely
Olive Oil
Approx. 1- 1 ½ lbs combined Pork, Sausage and beef (cuts/amounts as preferred, but include some with bone-in)

In large heavy dutch-oven pan, cover the bottom with a generous amount of olive oil and add the meat. Saute on medium heat until lightly brown, turning over 2-3 times.
Remove meat from pan and lower heat.
Add chopped onion, chopped garlic and basil. Tear basil before adding. Saute for a few minutes, adding more olive oil.
Add tomato paste, stir, saute for a couple of minutes.
Add meat back in. Mix in with tomato mixture. Add olive oil and stir to make sure nothing sticks to the bottom of the pan.
Turn heat up to medium and add two cans of crushed tomatoes and one half can of water. Stir this mixture thoroughly.
Cover mixture and heat, stirring occasionally, until it begins to bubble.
Turn heat down and simmer for 2-7 hours, stirring occasionally.

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From Book 1: From USA Today Bestselling Author Stephanie Queen
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A romantic detective series novel
Ex-special ops legend Dane Blaise is desperate to recruit Shana George away from Scotland Yard to partner with him in his new venture, Beachcomber Investigations. She has impressive skills and if he’s honest, he needs her to keep him grounded. But most of all, Dane wants to keep Shana on the island of Martha's Vineyard because he can't get past his insane longing for her.

Shana’s boss David Young forces her to decide on the spot when he assigns an important case to Beachcomber Investigations. She chooses to partner with Dane, going with her gut--or more accurately her heart--rather than her brains. They may be good partners in crime-fighting, but they are all wrong for each other in every other way possible. He's soulless and lost and likely has more wounds from his past than the bullet and knife scars scorching his body. But she's crazy. About him.

Their big assignment is to protect Dane's old special ops buddy, Acer. They need to find whoever paid a sniper to take a shot at Acer--before the sniper takes another shot and doesn't miss.

Dane and Shana need to be on top of their game to keep Acer alive, and not on top of each other. But each of them is secretly worried whether that’s possible--and worried about what will happen if it’s not.

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Thanks Stephanie, I cannot wait to try this recipe!


  1. Thank you for having e as a guest "cook", Mary. I always enjoy your blog!


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