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Freezer Friendly Homemade Pizza Sauce from REAL tomatoes {New Recipe}

tomatoesWhat do you make when you have a 25# box of tomatoes and 50 teenagers? Pizza Sauce! My four foods classes tried a new recipe and we loved it. Students couldn’t believe the aroma of the fresh diced tomatoes and basil.



They were into the dicing and presentation.

tomatoes3I was quite surprised with the recipe after simmering 90 minutes. It was humorous hearing them read the recipe and and dramatically say, 90 minutes! Seriously, the simmering made all the difference and the whole second floor was begging for the recipe.

The immersion blender turned it into a rich delicious pizza sauce.

pizza sauce 2We made my homemade naan pizza crust the day before and now onto toppings. Since I was focusing on nutrients for this cooking lab, students had a variety of choices. Most preferred the usual teen pizza.

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Although, I had a handful throw some nutrients on their pizza.

pizza sauce3Now on with the recipe we used. Recipe adapted from Kitchen Treaty


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic (about three large cloves)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh chopped basil
  • 2 pounds diced fresh tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Black pepper to taste


  1. In a medium saucepan over low heat, warm the olive oil.
  2. Add the garlic and cook, stirring, for about a minute. If you’re using dried oregano, add that along with the garlic. If you’re using fresh, add it to the sauce at the end of the cooking time.
  3. Increase the heat to medium. Add the tomatoes, sugar, red pepper flakes, salt, and black pepper.
  4. Leave over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until boiling. Reduce heat to low for a nice simmer.
  5. Simmer uncovered for 90 minutes.
  6. Stir in fresh basil
  7. Allow the sauce to cool to a safe temperature and then, using an immersion blender or working in batches with a blender,
  8. Allow it to cool completely if you are planning to freeze.

You can see my freezing tutorial here.

Now have a happy pizza sauce dance because you will have a tremendous amount!


Just Being Real

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I promise to be a better blogger and friend, but this past month has been crazy and busy. School has been overwhelming. Our club has been preparing for a state leadership meeting in Greensboro. My oldest daughter tore her ACL and meniscus and had to have surgery.

Needless to say, I haven’t taken the time and had very little energy to post anything new on my blog. We are going in different directions on Easter so we tried to get a picture the Sunday before. So here we go, we made it to the park in front of this beautiful lake.

Yes, I managed to get the kiddos to wear their matching clothes, but they hated it. They complained, they complained some more and we barely got a picture. Oh we were planning to have a picnic, but we forget the packed cooler at home.

But oh so funny, my husband posted our picture on his facebook and it got 100 likes. If only they knew we aren’t picture perfect. NEVER.

I’m a sinner in need of my Savior and I’m so thankful to celebrate Good Friday with you.

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This Sunday I am celebrating, He is Risen! I am forgiven for my past, present and future sin.

I am blessed to be real with you. I have so much on my plate, juggling four children, teaching four foods classes, writing new foods curriculum, writing  three components for my National Boards and trying to be a REAL blogger. I’m not doing the best job as the blogger, but I’m forgiven and I hope to update my blog much sooner as my school year draws to a close.

May your Easter be filled with peace, joy and comfort knowing we have a Risen Savior. He’s REAL and ALIVE and lives in me!!

Biscuits Galore

I broke the biscuit making record this week. Since I have four foods classes at school, I made over 60 biscuits during demonstration the first day. The second day was independent lab day and we had another 60 or so. Needless to say, I’ve seen enough biscuits for the week.

Though I don’t use shortening at my own house, we use the Big Daddy recipe in class. It teaches students how to measure sticky ingredients like shortening.

And we use the best kitchen hack ever to remove it easily with quicker clean up.

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Have you tried my healthy whole wheat biscuits here? It’s a favorite at our house. Just not this week;)




Two Week Recap

IMG_3497 (1)Have I told you how difficult it to manage two blogs, teach 55 students, parent 4 children and cook a decent meal lately? Plus, the list goes on, but it’s a blessing to pause and thank God for the opportunities to reach others. So here’s what we’ve been up to. My daughter lost her first front tooth. We tried to get her to pull it for a week because it was hanging by a root.

IMG_3404I tweaked my black bean and corn salad recipe here by pan roasting my corn first and adding avocado. It was so yummy. I highly recommend it with everything.

IMG_3470My students created a gallon-tine equivalent chart. It surprised me with creativity.

IMG_3478 (2)My daughter and I tried Faith cookies that are soon to be released at Wal-Mart on March 12. They are a yummy treat and a perfect way to share our faith. I dipped mine in coffee and she tried hers straight up.

IMG_3434 (1)Speaking of sharing, my FCCLA students created homemade kleenex covers and we delivered them to our local Hospice House near our school. It’s a blessing to work with caring students who are genuine and share their love with others.

IMG_3409 (1)Last, but not least, my son turned 9 last week. It’s always a whirlwind in the Brown household. I’m finishing my national boards for teaching this semester and teaching 4 classes without a planning period. I’d appreciate any or all prayers. Thank you for continuing to be a loyal follower of this blog and/or Cougar Kitchen as I balance faith, family, work and all of the above.

Have a super blessed week!


Crazy New Semester

CHOC CHIP WAFFLESA new semester at school always brings about changes. This is my excuse for my lack of posts in the past couple of weeks. However, I made freezer waffles this week. Last week I prepped about 25 pounds of chicken for the family. Here’s how my husband and I tag team to make it here.

chicken fajita marinadeRecently, I’ve made two easy pound cakes. One went to church and the other, well it never made it to the freezer.

very vanilla pound cake

My students in the Cougar Kitchen made homemade yogurt two ways: crock pot and Cuisine maker.

crockpot yogurtLast week my FCCLA students made pumpkin chocolate chip muffins and we froze them for a morning meeting. They were devoured yesterday.

Pumpkin muffinsSince it’s close to Valentine’s Day, I’m thinking about chocolate covered strawberries.

choc strawYes, my teaching job consists of food all day long. I teach four foods classes! And yes, I blog about food. Do I get tired of food? Sometimes and my sweet, wonderful, awesome husband cooks dinner since I’ve prepped on the weekends. Okay, he cooks dinner most of the time.

Blessings. What are you freezing or cooking this week?






A New Year’s Mission Meal: Taco soup and yeast bread

IMG_3288Over break, my FCCLA students (Family, Career, Community Leaders of America) got together to help the needy. Since I planned the menu ahead of time, my Foods 1 students made the bread about two months ago.

We partnered with King Arthur to provide our bread baking supplies. I taught the students how to make beautiful braided loaves here.



I always enjoy doing this with my students every year.braided breadWe cooled the bread completely and bagged it for our January meal.

We had 8 loaves to pull out of the freezer for this meal for forty women and children at our local homeless shelter.

On January 2, I purchased the supplies for chicken taco soup recipe here, omitting the beer ingredient, of course.

I purchased pintos instead of black beans because I could buy them in a larger quantity. Since chicken breasts were on sale for $1.99/lb and I bought a few #10 cans of vegetables and tomatoes, I only spent $25 to feed 40 people. Not shabby at all!


IMG_3275The girls also made goody bags with fruit and granola bars. I got the bars through a grant through Donor’s Choose.

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All of these resources fed 40 homeless women and children on January 2. Many hands and donations helped to make this mission meal happen.

I’m still a “Mom on a Mission” and now I’m a “Teacher on a Mission” to pass on the act of giving to my students.

I hope your New Year is off to a great beginning. May we use our gifts and abilities to glorify God.

Have you shared a freezer meal lately? Tell us about it.


Happy 2017

IMG_3243 (1)My family would like to wish you a blessed 2017. 2016 has been a whirlwind of events, busy times and many great memories. We hope to have many more to share. I love all my readers and I’m blessed to share my mission of cooking and blessing others. Have a wonderful 2017, from my family to yours.



Gingerbread Cookies and Cupcakes

IMG_5181This week has been so incredibly busy at school. Tuesday was the real doozy with a flurry of cookies and cupcakes. All of my school classes were doing cookie and cupcake wars. I think we had some incredible results. Here is our whole collection of cookies and cupcakes for your viewing pleasure.

I used this Taste of Home Gingerbread recipe made the day before.  I used Sandra Lee’s royal icing recipe here.

I used this perfectly vanilla cupcake recipe here and Wilton’s Buttercream frosting here.


The cupcake war was a huge success. My students had an awesome time being creative. They stayed super busy the whole class period.

Gingerbread cookie wars was fun also.

Students will work for Chick-Fil-A  gift cards any day!

Our Elves Are Busy

IMG_3092Monday we took our younger children to carol at a nursing home. It’s become our family tradition to visit the elderly and hand out presents with a group at church. I love watching our boys talk and visit with residents.

IMG_3096They are the only children who carol in the group and the older folks often ask for hugs from the kiddos.

IMG_3098Nothing thrills my heart more when I see the same smile on the nursing home folks when they receive their hug one of my children.

Our little elves are busy and we are enjoying our Christmas season.

What traditions does your family enjoy?


Here’s What We’ve Been Doing

IMG_1607I have not gone missing for two weeks. I’ve just been super busy and haven’t taken time to update my blog and I apologize. It’s been hectic at school and I’m trying to balance home life first. I carved out time during the week to make gingerbread with my children, which is a good thing.

IMG_1605 (1)We made the Taste of Home dough the night before and rolled them out the next night. They are very tasty.

IMG_1606We all got into a little decorating.

IMG_1601I’ve been online shopping and finally have all my children’s done. Woo hoo! I always go through TopCashBack first to get a little extra bonus for all my hard research. It’s like a little bonus for free if you haven’t done it before. So easy to click through to get a very small percentage in your account, but it builds up; trust me.




IMG_1597I’ve made 96 butterhorns twice in two weeks. Once for my family gathering and another for my husband’s family gathering. And remember we made 200 when my foods class made the Thanksgiving meal for 108. I’m becoming an expert.

IMG_1608I’ve made homemade pizza twice. My kiddos could eat it every day.

How is your Christmas shopping or cooking coming along?