The Stylish Foodie: Davin Dear

The Cozy Collective.

If you’re looking for sophisticated style and delicious eats @dearlasoul is probably the IG account that you need in your life. Check out my latest chat with the southern gentleman below:

(Q).  As a cook and foodie, it’s always fulfilling to chat with other people that share the same passion. Please share the breakdown of DearLaSoul and “The Cozy Collective”.

(A). DearLaSoul is my business entity, brand, and overall space to create.  It was coined by a close group of friends who understand and appreciates southern culture and the desire to express it artistically as black creatives. “The Cozy Collective” is my current culinary project in the form of an e-cookbook that’s a reflection on what brings us all comfort.  It even prompts the question “Are you being fulfilled?” which is a double entendre on being fulfilled from food, but also fulfilled from whatever it is that you love to do!  My intent is to provoke a sense of purpose, passion, and creativity.  My message is simple: “World off, vibes on” meaning focus on your gifts; hone it, nurture it, build it, and express it!

(Q).  I absolutely love this! What’s the ultimate mission of DearLaSoul?

(A).  DearLaSoul’s ultimate mission is to inspire moments of gratitude through quality food services, quality merchandise, and quality creative content that provides value and makes a difference.

(Q).   You show luxe quality and creativity in all that you produce. You are off to a wonderful start. Travel appears to be a big part of your brand. What are your top 3 favorite destinations?

(A).  Yes, I am a travel junkie!  It doesn’t even necessarily have to be a grand destination because I enjoy quick road trips as well.  Sometimes it’s about simply breaking away.  I’m at the point where travel is a means of maintaining sanity.  It’s therapeutic stepping out of the daily hustle and taking time to appreciate life and make memories with the ones you love.  I find gratitude in cultivating a lifestyle of exposure, experience, and learning something new about other cultures, places, and of course FOOD.  It keeps me excited with something to always look forward to.  If I had to choose my top three favorite destinations thus far I’d say Puerta Vallarta, Cuba, and Sedona, AZ.

(Q).  I agree. I believe that travel keeps an open heart warm and humble. What are some of the most memorable dishes from those destinations?

(A).   Everything revolves around food for me, especially when traveling.  Making plans is cool but, what we bout to eat? 

I had the best seafood in my life while vacationing in Puerta Vallarta, Mexico at Mar y Sol.  The true gems are rarely in the tourist areas, furthermore made apparent after talking to the locals.  My entrée at Mar y Sol was grilled lobster and shrimp.  It was a little greater than perfection, and I wouldn’t be surprised if they’d literally just dropped the nets, caught the shellfish, and grilled to perfection prior to my arrival. It was absolutely amazing and rivals for the best dining experience as well.  Despite the language barrier with the server, he knew to ask if we wanted garlic and butter on the seafood, which only made the dish that much more lux.  So here I am, late night on the beach with friends, candle lighting, moonlight on bright, and the waves splashing in the background had the vibes just right.  The icing on the cake was the chef personally sitting down to talk to us after a long day of work and with great convo as they were closing.

I’m a very visual and aesthetically driven individual so it makes sense that a great ambiance is almost as equally important as the taste of food, which leads me to mention Cuba as one of the most memorable places I’ve traveled and ate.  The food was good, not amazing as it’s a third world country, but Cuba did have the bluest beaches I’ve witnessed, the most beautiful & distinct architecture, and the best pina coladas I’ve ever witnessed.  The pina coladas were perfectly sweetened, rich, creamy, with a kick!  Dinner reservations were at the most famous restaurant in Havana, La Guardia.  Some of their most noted guests include the likes of Madonna, Naomi Campbell, Bey and Jay.  La Gaurdia is easily one of the most beautiful places I’ve dined exuding old world glam with its intimate atmosphere and rustic charm.  After climbing two flights of marble stairs you finally arrive to the restaurant.  I kept it G and ordered oxtails and a nice risotto.  After dinner we migrated to the rooftop by way of another spiral staircase which offered the best views in Cuba.  

Sedona, AZ  is also one of my most memorable destinations and dining experiences.  Due to unexpected travel restrictions per covid-19, my original 2020 travel plans were derailed.  I sought to disconnect during this stressful time of uncertainty, and my travel instincts were leading me to explore parts of the country that I’ve never been.  Sedona is a desert town internationally known for its red rocks, canyon walls, and uplifting power of its vortex meditation sites.  I was intrigued to experience this regenerative energy and inspirational effects noted from this area.  The dope Air Bnb was fully equipped with everything that we needed including the owner who was a chef with several restaurants throughout the Tucson area; none of this was known or planned.  I personally enjoyed cooking in his kitchen as he had an extensive selection of seasonings and spices stocked and available to use.  Raz, offered his services on the night of my birthday as most restaurants in the town were closed for dining.  He prepared a beautiful fish in parchment paper bags with a citrus garnish, pink fingerling mashed potatoes, salad, and my favorite cake, carrot cake, which was damn good (second best to my father’s carrot cake).  The significance was that it was all catered specifically for me during such a interesting time and the insight and wisdom shared about his culinary journey that I will never forget.

(Q).  Honestly, It’s the passion for me! LOL I truly admire the way that you inhale the experience. Where do you aspire to travel to next?

(A).  Prior to covid I had a trip scheduled to travel to Bali, Indonesia which would have been my biggest travel plans to date with three entire flights just to get there.  Bali is so exotic and beautiful, and I love Thai food!  Unfortunately but fortunately the universe had other plans, so this trip has been postponed until the world “opens back up.”

(Q).     What’s the one dish that you would consider your specialty?

(A).  I flex on anything that entails a “stuffing”; ie: crab cakes, stuffed mushrooms, stuffed Cornish hens, seafood dressing.  However, If I had to list one dish it’d be my signature deviled eggs.  There are a few variations of them, but the foundation is the same.  I can put them on any dinner table with the confidence and know they’ll hit and be a vibe.

(Q).  Who is your spirit animal?

(A).  Animals aren’t my forte, but I do believe in kindred spirits.  I’ve always been drawn to Lauryn Hill.  Even pre “The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill” when she swept the Grammy’s with the most wins in one night by any female artist, as the breakout star of The Fugees, and the star of a Sister Act 2 – a movie that defines my childhood, in her prime she’s always had an inner confidence and swag that resonated with me.  I was drawn to the lyrics and overall emotion in her music before I even knew what it meant.  There was a feeling there that I looked for in music and in a way set the standard for how I aspired to express myself.

(Q).  I love that. You are truly a vibe and BRAND. Talking to creatives with so much passion and drive always reminds me of why I created this platform. What’s next for Davin?

(A).  I will continue to grow my brand in new, exciting ways that I don’t think anyone’s expecting or ready for. 

Dear SZA… Thank you.

Control, CONTROL, CTRL… The album of my twenties. Always the alternative Black girl. Kinda goofy, kinda hood, kinda nerdy, and super artistic. The spaces were often times limited or uncomfortable for women like myself. Throughout my entire existence music and film have been my escape. Surfing from the waves of UGK to Lady Gaga, I’ve yet to find a single genre to call my favorite. The album of my teenage journey was College Drop out. It was so different, but familiar. Kanye’s vibe at the moment was so confident, so strange, so silly and completely original. I recall being stunned by his audacity. A similar nostalgia visited me the first time I listened to the CTRL album in its entirety. CTRL didn’t paint the picture of this sexy – bad bitch with the perfect life like most music at the time. This album organically poured into me. The vulnerability, the carelessness, poor decisions and the freedom of each song created a safe place for me. Nearly four years later, CTRL is still THAT BITCH.

The segway moments featuring Granny and the intoxicating melodies still hit the spot like no other body of music for me. I remember hearing the snippets of conversation between SZA and her Granny and literally crying of laughter. Beyond relatable! It was unreal. If you know me at all, you know that my late grandmother was and will forever be my heart. My grandmother was a straight shooter. She always encouraged my bluntness with a comforting “That’s right. Tell it like it is, Baby!”. To hear SZA’s grandmother quote :

“You don’t got shit to say to me
I ain’t got shit to say to you
[SZA Laughs] Granny, and that’s the truth
And stepped on!
I said you black heffa, you stand your ground
‘Cause I feel the same way
If you don’t like me, you don’t have to fool with me
You don’t have to talk about me or treat me mean…
I don’t have to treat you mean!
I’ll just stay out of your way
That’s the way we’ll work that one”

Mann, if that didn’t sound JUST like something from Darlene Johnson’s mouth! It was simple, yet pure truth that made me smile with each countless listen. When I lost my Grandmother October 2019, I remember having anxiety about playing the album knowing that the skits would surface. Now that the album is back in frequent rotation, those skits are a sweet and humorous reminder of the beautiful bond that I share with my grandmother. This album is personal to me for many reasons.

This album was misread by many. The fact that SZA’s first Billboard #1 was earned by her hit single ” The Weekend” a lot of perceptions of CTRL were dilaudid. The lyrics sing :

“My man is my man, is your man
Heard it’s her man too
My man is my man, is your man
Heard that’s her man
Tuesday and Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
I just keep him satisfied through the weekend
You like 9 to 5, I’m the weekend
Make him lose his mind every weekend
You take Wednesday, Thursday
Then just send him my way
Think I got it covered for the weekend”

Many ppl began to crown this single as the “Side chick Anthem”. When in fact, she is saying that the guy doesn’t belong to anyone. I feel that so many people missed out on a gem by judging the album by that one single. In closing, I would like to say that this album is absolutely reflective and embracing. Filled with songs that speak to so many experiences that Black women encounter, but rarely discuss openly. This album is therapy for the young misguided soul. Your voice has hugged us innumerable times. Your words have shown us that we are not alone. So to my dearest SZA, Thank you. Thank you for this under-celebrated masterpiece that many of us will cherish forever.

Love,

A Pretty Little Bird, -Ne.

Scratch Kitchen : Double Chocolate Chip Cookies

In the great debate of America’s favorite cookie, chocolate chip is probably the winner without question. Personally, I live for an ol’ nastyyy rich toffee situation. Chocolate chip cookies can be typically way too sweet, or just blah. The inconsistency of a great chocolate chip cookie made me lean towards other favorites. After playing with a few recipes, I’ve finally found the perfect mixture. Please enjoy my simple, yet delicious double chocolate chip cookie recipe. Most of the ingredients are probably already waiting for you in your pantry and fridge!

1 cup butter, softened

1 cup white sugar

1 cup packed brown sugar

2 eggs

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1 teaspoon baking soda

2 teaspoons hot water

½ teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon (optional)

3 cups all-purpose flour

12oz bag NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels

1. Preheat the oven to 350.

2. Combine the butter, white sugar, cinnamon and brown sugar until smooth. Beat in the eggs one at a time, then stir in the vanilla.

3. Dissolve baking soda in hot water. Add to batter along with salt. Stir in flour, and chocolate chips.

4. Drop by large spoonfuls onto wax paper. (Foil works just fine as well)

5. Bake for about 10 minutes in the preheated oven, or until edges are nicely browned.

6. Most importantly, Enjoy! Please hash tag all pics #theconservativemisfit and or tag @thee_conservative_misfit_ on IG so that I can repost your creations! Peace and Love -Ne.

Dining with JXN: Campbell’s Craft Donuts

All photography captured by Kenisha M. Mason 

Just the other day, I stumbled upon a classic, yet modish donut shop in my neighborhood….Okay, I didn’t necessarily stumble upon it, but I did find the perfect moment to sit and enjoy the newly opened donut shop. I knew that I was onto something from the moment that I arrived at the property. The outside is surrounded with two sitting areas laced with gorgeous beds of flowers. Being a person that experiences things with all 5 of their senses, my morning was off to a sweet start. We were greeted by smiling faces and the scent of hand crafted confections. I looked over the menu and decided to go with the Fried Chicken Tacos, a side of Tots and a glazed donut. The Fried Chicken Tacos came with a generous portion of perfectly fried chicken. The coating was light, crispy and well-seasoned.

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The chicken came topped with a homemade slaw, queso and I added pico de gallo. This was the best chicken taco I’ve had since one of my favorite taco spots closed down a few years ago. Who would’ve thought that I would find what I’ve been looking for all this time in a donut shop!? Interesting and delicious.

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Their menu also offers other tacos with toppings such as bacon, eggs and even fish. After taking down two of the chicken tacos, there was little room for me to give a home to the beautiful donut that I purchased. It goes without saying that I could not resist tasting in a few bites. I can honestly say that the glazed donut from Campbell’s is thee best donut that I’ve had from a local donut shop. It tastes like the classic donut, but different. The texture of the treat reminded me of a cross between a croissant and a donut. The icing tasted like it had just been mixed, moments before my purchase. Super fresh and delicious. I often find icings to just give off an extra sugary sweetness, but lack flavor. This my friend, offered quite the contrary. The delectable icing paired perfectly with the airy donut.

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The sweet, The savory, THE SERVICE. From start to finish, I enjoyed my visit at Campbell’s Craft donuts. I highly recommend that you stop by this pleasant corner shop when you’re in the neighborhood.

Southern Classic: Simple Candied Yams

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Where I come from there’s usually an ongoing battle of which Side dish is a must-have. Many of us weigh in differently, some say Collards, and many can’t live without baked from scratch mac and cheese. Personally, I like a little scoop of everything. However, what weight does this conversation even hold without adding the sweetest side-piece of them all? CANDIED YAMS. Not sweet potatoes, not just plain ol’ sweet yams… But warm, sweet and bubbly Candied Yams. There’s honestly nothing like them. They add the perfect balance of sweet to your savory soul filled supper. Yes, I am 100% Mississippian. Food this good, can’t be called dinner, ISSA Supper! Lol If you’re interested in learning this simple, yet wildly delicious recipe keep reading…

  • 3 Large sweet potatoes
  • 3/4 cup dark brown sugar or light brown sugar
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • cinnamon
  • nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 stick butter (diced)
  • 3-4 tbsp water (depending on the size of the pot used)

  1. Scrub, peel and slice your yams into slices or whichever shape you prefer. Sometimes I like to cut mine similar to the shape of carrots when I want to switch it up. This part is totally optional.

  1. In a medium pot over medium high heat, begin to layer the ingredients. You will create two layers. First start with adding the water to the bottom of the pot. This will prevent your potatoes from sticking. Following the water, add half of the potatoes with half the ingredients. Starting with the sugars, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg. Once the first half is placed in the pot, add the second layer as suggested, this time topping the final layer with vanilla. (Do not add the butter just yet.)

  1. Covering the pot halfway, allow the potatoes to steam for about 30 mins or until tender. The potatoes should be bubbling at this point and creating a candy-like liquid. Once the potatoes are tender to the fork, give them a light toss. Make sure that all of the ingredients are evenly coating the potatoes. *Be sure that you are lightly tossing the potatoes to avoid mashing them.

  1. Finally, remove from the heat and add the diced butter to the top and cover with the lid. Allow the butter to melt and stand for about 8-12 minutes. Give them a final toss and they’re ready to serve!

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I hope that you enjoy this easy and simple southern classic! As always, Thank You for reading : ) -Ne

Two Brands That ACTUALLY Work For My Sensitive Skin

Problematic skin does not discriminate at all. It unbiasedly effects people of all complexions and textures. If I had to choose the top 2 that the women that I encounter face, it would include: Acne and Eczema. If we were to choose a runner up, it would definitely be the after aftermath of acne, “Dark spots” also known as,  hyperpigmentation. This may technically be the aftermath, but it is by far one of the most challenging skin issues that people face. This is especially prevalent amongst people of color. Needless to say that being a Black woman with UBER sensitive skin, I have conquered my fair share of hyperpigmentation and it’s woes. Below I will share with you a couple of the Brands and products that have granted real results for my skin without further irritating my sensitivities. Let’s check them out…

**Note: If you suffer from SERVERE acne, please check with your dermatologist before testing these products.

Ancient Cosmetics

If I can be honest, I was sold at Black family-owned business. It was a random night that I was scrolling Instagram and ran across one of their ads for “Even Skin”. I immediately began researching the brand. I loved how attentive they were to questions asked and the reviews seemed legit. I said “Why not?”. I ordered THAT night and waited at the DOE for my package. My first order consisted of only the Even Skin Hyper-Pigmentation cream Tumeric + Lemon Essential Oil. Within the first week I could see a difference in my skin! On the second week, I was having lunch with my boyfriend and he was gazing at me oddly. So of course I’m like “Uhhh..what dude?” He was like mannn your skin is really glowing today! Did you do something to it? When the man that tells me that I’m gorgeous with crust in my eyes noticed a major difference, I knew that we had a winner! Since my initial purchase, I’ve ordered all of the products containing Tumeric including the face wash and scrub. The Even Skin cream is still my favorite face cream of all time! I keep it in constant rotation. I never allow myself to get too low on it. The formula is so amazing! It’s a thick solid cream that melts almost instantly when it comes in contact with the heat of your hands. A little goes a long way. One jar can last up to 3 months for me. I’m a bit heavy handed on favs so you may be able to stretch this product even further. Above anything else that you will read about in this article, THIS IS MY NUMBER #1 RECOMMENDATION. This vegan brand is perfect for sensitive skin. They have a solution for every skincare dilemma. Start your Ancient journey here : https://ancientcosmeticz.com

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Mario Badescu

Although Mario Badescu sits amongst the throne of Luxury, their approach is still simple and relatable. Mario Badescu offers a large assortment of products ranging from those focused on acne to potent anti-aging skincare. I have tried a number of products from this line and I have honestly loved each one. The Glycolic Foaming cleanser was pretty great. I feel like it gave my skin a visibly refreshing look during the duration of its use. However,  the Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater? AKA Thee Rosewater? I live by it. I use it daily. It doesn’t matter if you’re wearing a full face or going completely bare. This spray has a place in your daily skincare regimen. For those bare days when you’re just loving on your skin and allowing it to breathe, this spray adds a little extra glow to your skin’s appearance. It hydrates and refreshes the skin. I often spray it on multiple times throughout the day. This multifaceted jewel does more than just give your skin a glow. It also acts as an amazing setting spray. Now, this isn’t a claim that the company promotes, but from years of experience I can confirm that it works FOR ME. Outside of testing products, this is the only product that I consistently use to set my makeup. It gives the makeup what I like to call a “dewy matte” finish. It helps to settle my makeup onto my skin in the most natural looking way. I use this spray with the most high-end of foundations as well as my drugstore favorites. It’s fool proof! Mario Badescu’s products can be found at almost any major beauty retailer and of course at their homesite: https://www.mariobadescu.com

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I hope that at least one of these amazing brands caught your attention. Be sure to check out their websites and try somethings out if so. Have you tried either of these brands before? I need to hear from you. Also, if you deal with sensitive skin, what are some products that have worked well for you?

As Always, Thank you for reading! -Ne

Beauty Talk: My Favorite Foundations (Drugstore and High End)

 

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An amazing Foundation is literally the foundation of a flawless makeup look. No Pun intended. Our skin types range from normal to dry, to oily, and everything in between. This helps us identify that choosing the right foundation can be a daunting task. From the wear of the foundation to selecting the right shade, there are many elements to consider when searching for the foundation that best fits you. With over a decade of field experience in this industry, I’ve had the pleasure of testing some of the most extravagant foundations. As well as those that…well, shall remain nameless. I’ve put together a list of my absolute favorite foundations ranging from Drugstore friendly to Pure Luxury. Let’s take a closer look below.

FIT ME MATTE + PORELESS FOUNDATION

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I can easily categorize Maybelline’s FIT ME as a top “Go-to” foundation. This foundation provides a very light wear accompanied by medium coverage. The matte finish is never cakey or chalky. I would describe the finish as matte-natural. This is a great everyday foundation mainly because it does not weigh down the skin or clog pores. My kit contains at least 12 of these diverse shades. Available in 40 well balanced shades, this drug store favorite has easily become a classic in my book. This foundation is usually priced somewhere around $7.99.

Super Stay Full Coverage Foundation

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Maybelline’s Superstay foundation is by far one of the most impressive Drugstore foundations that I have ever purchased. The coverage is FULL and the finish is matte and slightly dewy in my opinion. I knew that I would love this foundation after the first pump. Although Drugstore foundations have come a mighty long way, lets be honest… The formulas are normally pretty similar. Thin and a bit runny. Oh, but not Superstay! The formula is thick. In a good way! This foundation goes on smooth and blends effortlessly. I highly recommend adding this affordable jewel to your makeup bag. Available in 28 shades, this foundation usually retails between $8-$12 depending on the retailer.

*Pro Tip: With coverage this great, the multifaceted Superstay can also act as a concealer/highlighting shade

Luminous Silk Foundation

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Armani Beauty’s Luminous Silk foundation is a lush treat where foundations are concerned. The silky formula blends and perfects skin like no other. Honestly, I usually forget that I’m even wearing foundation on days that I wear Luminous Silk. Although the foundation is medium, it is absolutely buildable and leaves skin with a silky-glowy finish. Luminous Silk is available in 30 well blended shades. This luxe foundation usually retails around $64.

ALL HOURS FOUNDATION

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Last, but absolutely not least! Hands down my all time fav, YSL Beauty’s All Hours foundation. This jewel does not only provide flawless full coverage, but it lasts up to 24 hours! Of course the chances of you wearing your makeup for a full 24 hours is slim to none. However, this definitely secures a seamless perfected look throughout the entire day. Always! All Hours offers a silky matte-like finish that perfectly mirrors skin. All Hours retails at $54. A little goes a long way and this foundation is worth every penny!

I hope that reading through my favs was insightful and enjoyable for you! Maybe you’ll try one of these amazing formulas out if you haven’t already. Now I need to hear from you! Have you tried either of these foundations? What is your “go-to” foundation? Let me know down below. As always, Thank You for Reading ! -Ne

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Misfit Recipes: Dirty Cabbage

*Disclaimer: I never instruct people on how much seasoning to use in a dish. I feel like this is the portion of cooking where a person learns discretion and creates their culinary identity. I only share measurements that I feel are absolutely necessary. 

Ingredients

2 lbs. ground beef

Creole seasoning

Extra virgin Olive oil

Garlic Powder

Black Pepper

½ cabbage chopped in fine shreds

1 onion, chopped

Rice-A-Roni Long Grain & Wild Rice Mix, 4.3 oz Box

2 cups of chicken broth

1 10 oz. can Rotel

1 Can cream of mushroom

4-6 mini tri-color peppers (Any bell pepper will do)

Sharp Cheddar

dirty cabbage

 

Instructions

  1. Add ground beef to large saucepan with onions. Season ground beef and onions. Cook until browned.
  2. Cook rice as instructed on the package.
  3. In a wok or large skillet, stir fry peppers and cabbage with olive oil and chicken broth. Seasoning with garlic, black pepper and creole seasoning.
  4. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and spray baking dish with non-stick spray.
  5. In a wok or a large bowl, combine the wild rice, ground beef, cabbage, rotel and cream of mushroom. Mix well.
  6. Transfer the mixture to a baking dish and top with sharp cheddar.
  7. Bake for 25-35 minutes. Allow the dish to settle at least 10-12 minutes before serving.

ENJOY!

-Ne

Block Party Spaghetti with Smoked Gouda

If I’ve never expressed this before, let me make this clear, the entire #BasicButBOMB segment is absolutely inspired by my mom. She taught me to learn recipes from scratch, but always have “shortcut meals” to save time and money. If you know me at all, you know that my family LOVES SPAGHETTI! A meal that is both cost efficient and filling, you best believe Arlene was whipping it up at least twice a week LOL Dude, once I moved out, I didn’t eat spaghetti for like 2 years. If you grew up on my end of the Sub, (Sub II) there’s a strong chance that we’ve shared a laugh and some of my mama’s spaghetti. From time to time, I would get homesick missing my mom, my Nancy (RIP : )) and brothers. During those times I would crave some of my mom’s most comforting meals. Surprisingly, spaghetti became one of them. Over the years I began to make it from time to time, tweaking small ingredients and adding new ones. You guys asked, so I’m delivering. Please enjoy my easy version of my mom’s Block Party Spaghetti.

*Disclaimer: I never instruct people on how much seasoning to use in a dish. I feel like this is the portion of cooking where a person learns discretion and creates their culinary identity. I only share measurements that I feel are absolutely necessary.

  • 2 jars of Prego Traditional
  • 1 jar of Prego Roasted Garlic and Herb
  • 1lb ground sirloin
  • Diced onions
  • Italian season blend
  • Minced Garlic
  • 2 tbsp Sugar
  • 16 fl oz. box of Spaghetti
  • Shredded Sharp cheddar
  •  7oz Smoked Gouda freshly grated
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and spray baking dish or foil pan with vegetable oil spray.
  2. Grate 7oz. of smoked Gouda.
  3. Cook pasta 2 minutes shy of the directions.
  4.  Add ground sirloin, minced garlic and onions to a large skillet on medium-high. Heat and brown beef while breaking it apart until fully cooked.
  5. In a pot, add in the sauces, Italian seasoning, and sugar. Mix well.
  6. Allow the sauce to simmer for 15-20 minutes
  7. Add noodles and shredded smoked Gouda to the mixture.
  8. Top with sharp cheddar.
  9. Cover with foil and bake for 30 minutes, remove the foil and bake an additional 15 minutes or until the cheese on top is golden brown.

Enjoy!

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