Tuesday, January 22, 2013

I've moved to Wordpress!

Please visit my new website at www.deannapayson.wordpress.com

Thank you!

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Homemade Sauce & Meatballs

Every Italian kitchen has its own secret for the perfect red sauce, and my family is no different. Each generation that the recipe is passed down, the sauce changes slightly, with each person putting their own take on a family classic. The beauty of this sauce is in its flexibility. While I am providing numerical measurements, you can (and should) experiment with the amount of spices, cheese and oil you add to your delicious creation.

You will need:
2 cans crushed tomatoes
Italian seasoning (OR basil & oregano)
Garlic powder
Parmesan Cheese
Olive Oil
1 lb ground beef
2.5 cups Italian bread crumbs
2 eggs

1) In large pot, combine 2 cans of crushed tomatoes with 1 can of water. Coat the top with equal parts garlic powder and Italian seasoning. Set to a low boil, stirring occasionally.
2) Using your hands, blend ground beef, bread crumbs and eggs in a mixing bowl. Mold into meatballs!
3) In a microwaveable casserole dish, place meatballs into 1 inch of water. Cook in the microwave on high for 7 minutes.
4) Add meatballs to the sauce!
5) Continue to stir the sauce & meatballs occasionally on medium-low heat for 2 hours.
6) After 2 hours, add 1 cup of Parmesan cheese and 3 tablespoons of olive oil to the sauce. Stir.
7) Continue to cook the sauce for 1-2 hours, or until it has thickened. Add additional spices to taste.
8) Serve over pasta, and enjoy!


  • If you wish, you can boil your pasta IN the sauce! This gives the pasta more flavor. However, if you're making the sauce with the intention of freezing the leftovers, simply cook the pasta separately.
  • Some people like to add a bit of sugar (about 1/3 cup) to their sauce. This makes it a bit sweeter, which isn't my taste, but if you enjoy this go right ahead!

Monday, January 14, 2013

New Year, New York!

The perfect way to kick off the new year, I embarked on a two-day trip to New York City with twenty-six of my graduate public relations peers.  The whirlwind trip gave us helpful insight into the 'real-world' of public relations and the realities of post-graduate life...both the glory and the gore.
Thanks to our hosts at MBooth Public Relations, Edelman, Marina Maher Communications, Time Warner, Viacom and the talented alumni who spent their Thursday evening with us at the Lubin House!