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Food is love: Make Italian Meatballs and Spaghetti Sauce

by on Feb.03, 2015, under Food & Wine, Healthy Recipes, Sexy Abs Diet

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Aprilanne grew up with the family tradition: "Food is love."

While Aprilanne.com is far from a dating advice or matchmaking site, there is a strong body of evidence to suggest you can make a man fall in love with you by cooking authentic Italian dishes like the ones we feature on this site.
You’ve heard it before and it’s true, “the best way to a man’s heart is through his stomach.”  Single looking to get hitched?  Married looking to spice things up a bit?  “Food Is Love” people.  
Make my Grandma Rose’s Italian Spaghetti Sauce Recipe with her Authentic Italian Meatballs & the object of your desire eating out of your hand by the end of the meal.


Watch along as Aprilanne gets the inside look at how to make Authentic Italian Meatballs the “old fashion way” with Executive Chef Grazianno Perozzi on California Living™ below ~ Buon Appetito…


Now for the secrets to making the best fresh homemade spaghetti sauce…
Grandma Rose – was the sweetest little Italian woman who ever lived – who always had a kind word for everyone, and who  lived by the adage: “Food is Love.”  Enjoy Grandma Rose’s Authentic Italian Spaghetti Sauce Recipe with my compliments and share it with your family and loved ones today.  Aprilanne

Grandma Rose’s Authentic Italian Tomato Sauce:

Why do Italian’s call Red Sauce – Gravy? The answer – Red Gravy contains meat, or the meat drippings from the browned sausage, meatballs and spareribs that eventually went into the sauce to be served with the pasta of choice.

Sauce as in Marinara Sauce – does not contain meat, and therefore retains the more common name of Red Sauce. Below is a “good” approximation of what goes into Authentic Italian Gravy – yet keep in mind – you can always get in touch with your “Inner Italian” and add whatever else you might like to “Make it Your Own.”

1. Place some Olive Oil ( a few Tablespoons) in the bottom of a large Pot – add a few cloves of garlic, gently brown – remove garlic cloves if desired.

2. Add 2-3 large cans of STRAINED Plum Italian Tomatoes – discard pulp (some will dice up the pulp and add it to the Sauce for a chunkier effect).

3. Add a hand-full of diced fresh basil, a pinch of salt and pepper to taste; bring to a boil, and reduce the heat to simmer to thicken. The thicker version is used on pasta, the thinner, lighter version is used when making your baked dishes such as lasagna and manicotti.

4. Add your browned meatballs, sausage, etc. to enhance flavor as desired – When meat is warmed through it’s ready to serve. Note: The longer the Gravy simmers, the thicker it will get, so be careful not to overdo the simmering process.

FUN FACT #2 – Grandma Rose would also pour the drippings from the browned meats into the Sauce for extra flavor but stopped doing this as she got on in years once the adverse effects of too much fats and oils in the diet became more well known.

5. At the end just prior to serving – toss in a pinch of fresh Oregano – if the Oregano sits too long in the simmering sauce, it will turn the flavor bitter. Serve with your favorite pasta and our Authentic Meatball Recipe from Grandma Rose.

Watch California Living’s “Making Meatballs with Aprilanne” now Ondemand!

Party Girl Diet Author and California Living Series Creator Aprilanne HurleyAprilanne Hurley SFN, CLFC is a Certified Specialist in Fitness Nutrition, Certified Lifestyle Fitness Coach, series creator and host of California Living,™ and author of “The Party Girl Diet,” available on Amazon.com the revolutionary new diet and lifestyle that lets you “Keep the Party Going…While You Lose the Weight.”

Visit Aprilanne @ her Party Girl Diet website for more great recipes and healthy living tips and includes Hurley’s Sexy Abs Diet blog @ SexyAbsDiet.com for great sexy abs diet recipes and workouts.

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Intrigue, White Smoke Heralds New Pope and Hope for Peace

by on Mar.16, 2013, under The Party Girl Diet

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Cardinal Jorge M. Bergoglio SJ, now Pope Francis I ~ celebrating mass at the XXExposition del Libro Catholic (20th Catholic Book Fair), in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Vatican City 3/13/2013:  Roman Catholic Cardinals taking an oath of secrecy before entering a conclave, black smoke rising amid scores of media reporters and frenzied crowds, yes, the rituals of selecting a new Pope is steeped in all the delicious intrigue of a best selling suspense novel.  The difference is – this is real.

Exuberant masses packed into St.Peter’s Square in Rome as the world looked on with great anticipation for a sign:  white smoke… to indicate we have a new Pope.

Behind the scenes Roman Catholic Cardinals chanted and prayed in the Vatican City conclave to the Holy Spirit for divine guidance in selecting the world’s next Pope.  Potentially very heady stuff if you are one of the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics awaiting the news on who will be the next leader of the Roman Catholic Church.  Additionally, this phenomenal, spiritually charged event received unprecedented media attention around the world regardless of religious preferences and beliefs.

According The National Catholic Reporter, on naming himself after St. Francis of Assisi after his election to the papacy, Argentine Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio said that “he chose to name himself after Francis of Assisi because the 12th century saint ‘is the man of poverty, the man of peace, the man who loves and protects creation.’

Pope Francis I continues, “How I would like a Church that is poor and for the poor,” he told some 5,000 journalists gathered for an audience with the pope.

As a player in TV media I have to ask one question:  Why?  Why was world media so entranced by the recent process of selecting of the 266th Pope?

While I think the answer is complicated, it may in part be due to our instinctual desire as humans to “hope” for the best.  Let’s face it, whether you are Catholic or not, if you take a hard, cold look at what’s going on in the world, the reality is – we need spiritual guidance and assistance.  The well-spring of hope and the possibilities represented in the selection of the 266th Pope to lead the way to world peace shined so bright in this opportunity, that even the most pessimistic of souls could not outshine the presence of a higher deity at work.  The human existence is such that we are hardwired to “hope” for a better existence for ourselves, for future generations, and for peace on earth for all of mankind.

Where were you on 3/13/2013 when you heard the heralding news there was “White Smoke New Pope?”

Aprilanne.com will now share the spotlight with WhiteSmokeNewPope.com ~ the  web destination where you are invited to share musings on the symbolism of this spiritually transforming occasion in the world’s history.

According to a FOX News article,  “As the long-time archbishop of Buenos Aires, Francis has spent nearly his entire career at home in Argentina, overseeing churches and shoe-leather priests. In choosing a 76-year-old pope, the cardinals clearly decided that they didn’t need a vigorous, young pope who would reign for decades but rather a seasoned, popular and humble pastor who would draw followers to the faith and help rebuild a church stained by scandal.”

What do you think?  Does the cardinals’ decision to select Pope Francis represents hope for a new world of peace?   Where you were you on 3/13/2013 when you heard the news there was “white smoke and we have a new pope?”  How did the news of “white smoke new pope” make you feel?

Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio’s decision to choose “Francis” as his papal name is also a “first”  in the history of the Catholic Church.  Reverend as the Patron Saint of Animals, and one of the most pre-eminent figures in the Catholic Church to imitate Christ, we get a glimpse of St. Francis’ gentle soul and wholesome cause to do go for others in the CNN video below, wherein we hear that St. Francis Assisi was a “radical figure,” (…) “remembered for his humility, giving his riches to the poor, and famous for talking to the birds and loving nature.”

Feel free to share your musings on the symbolism of this historic occasion in the Catholic Church and the world’s history with us…


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Get the Insider’s Guide to California Living in Half Moon Bay, CA.

by on Jan.18, 2013, under California Living, Food & Wine, Half Moon Bay, CA, Healthy Living

For the best way to see the beauty of California's incredible coastline - Aprilanne Hurley takes a Bay Aerial Corp Helicopter Tour out of the Half Moon Bay, Ca Airport.

There are few things more breathtaking than the beauty of California’s expansive coastline, and no better way to see it than on a Bay Aerial Helicopter Tour.  While I recommend you experience a helicopter tour with Bay Aerial first hand yourself – definitely check out this California Living’s Season 8 Half Moon Bay, CA travel special since that’s exactly what we’ve done to show you the sights and get an overview of “Princeton-By-The-Sea” – a phenominal getaway spot on the California’s Coast.

The “sky’s the limit” in this CA Living travel special of the season delivering the “Insider’s Guide” on where to Stay & Play in this “park your car and walk everywhere” Bay Area hotspot - which is a convenient 45 minute drive from anywhere in the Bay Area and a quick 20 minutes from SFO.

aprilanne-hurley-jeff-clark2Now while the annual Mavericks Surf Competition is usually referred to as being in Half Moon Bay, CA – Mavericks is actually located in Princeton-By-The-Sea” – which was discovered by Big Wave Rider legend and Mavericks Surf Competition Founder  Jeff Clark.  We interview Jeff Clark at his Mavericks Surf Shop in this show and hear first hand about his unique story of how Mavericks all began.  Then - we hit the beach with Clark for a Stand Up Paddle Board session on one of his handcrafted SUP’S and have just a ton of FUN!!!

In Food & Wine – we meet with Paul and Julie Shenkman Co-Owners of Sam’s Chowder House in Half Moon Bay, CA for the inside look at how Sam’s offers both great oceanfront views AND great food – a winning combination that’s hard to beat! We also spotlight the authentic Italian cuisine at Mezza Luna Restaurant in “Princeton by the Sea”  – and to top off all the fun and excitement…

A Spa Treatment fit for a Queen...

We check out the Oceano Hotel & Spa where I indulge in a decadent spa treatment reminiscent of Cleopatra’s famed beauty regimens – and of which I am sure if she were around today would be quite envious of…but I’m not going to give it all away here - you’ll just  have to tune in:

Thursday, Jan 24, 2013 @ 6:30 a.m. on KKPX-TV 65/Comcast Cable 16 in San Francisco – an Jose – Oakland, CA and on KSPX-TV Channel 29/Comcast Channel 11 in Sacramento, CA.  Please heck your local listings for Dish and Direct TV Channels.  Aprilanne

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