Disclaimer: This post is brought to you in conjunction with the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.
Back when I lived in Raleigh, I used to love to visit the Got to be NC Festival. It was like the State Fair but with more emphasis on local. Seeing all the local food vendors made my heart sing.
Before this year’s event, I had the opportunity to speak one of the Homegrown Fare vendors, Fadia House of Floury Apron. Fadia started Floury Apron after her kids went to college. She’s always enjoyed cooking and creating new recipes and wanted to share her unique take on Eastern and Western flavors with others.
When asked if she had any advice to offer others interested in starting their own food-based company, she had this is say, “Love what you do and do it correctly. Work hard and learn your customer’s needs and fulfill it. Ask questions, attend seminars.”
While a few of her products are sold at Southern Season in Chapel Hill, they can also be purchased directly from her website.
Some of her products include wheat crackers (in flavors like zaatar and parmesan) and baklawa but her best selling product is her Sweet and Tart Tomato Sauces. Available in oregano, ginger, or spicy, her sauces are a great accompaniment to items like meatloaf, hot dogs, and my personal pick – spaghetti and meatballs!
There is nothing simpler for me to fix after a long day of work than spaghetti and meatballs. Sometimes I will use jarred spaghetti sauce from the store, sometimes I will use our own tomato base that we can every year. This recipe uses store bought sauce for ease. Once the sauce is prepared, you can start to relax as everything bubbles away together. While Fadia’s Sweet and Tart Tomato Sauces are not intended as a substitute for spaghetti sauce, it is a great addition.
Sweet and Tart Spaghetti and Meatballs
- 1 lb. spaghetti, cooked al dente in salted water
- 2-30 oz. jars of your favorite pasta sauce
- 1-8 oz. jar of Floury Apron’s Sweet and Tart Tomato Sauce, Oregano
- 1/2 lb. lean ground beef
- 1/2 lb. spicy Italian sausage, casing removed
- 1 eggs
- 1/4 cup. panko breadcrumbs
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/8 cup parmesan cheese
- Place spaghetti sauce and the Sweet and Tart Tomato Sauce in a large saucepan and simmer over medium heat.
- In large bowl mix together beef, Italian sausage, egg, panko, garlic, salt and Parmesan.
- Shape into 9 large meatballs.
- Place meatballs in simmering sauce.
- When sauce returns to a simmer, cover and cook 50-60 minutes till cooked through.
- Serve sauce and meatballs over your spaghetti.
Don’t forget to check out Floury Apron’s booth at the Homegrown Fare presented by Lowes Foods May 19-21 at the N.C. State Fairgrounds in Raleigh. The event, part of the annual Got To Be NC Festival, will feature 100 local food, wine and beer companies. Admission is $3, but you can get in free with your Lowes Foods loyalty card. Plus, you can get a free gift while supplies last by mentioning this blog at the Got To Be NC merchandise booth. More information about the Homegrown Fare and the Got To Be NC Festival is available at www.gottobencfestival.com
Also something neat to think about is that when you go and make a purchase in the Homegrown Fare tend, swing by the Got to be NC booth so you can get a selfie in the frame. Make sure to use #homegrownfare17 when you share it!
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