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Spaghetti Sauce

October 12, 2010 Leave a comment

Yes I am back!  Found my camera… which was where I thought it was but for some reason the men/boys in my family couldn’t find it.  Oh well, I know next time to look myself!

So Spaghetti sauce, seems like a simple thing.  I know a lot of people who use the kind out of a jar, actually I think a lot of people I know use it out of a jar.  And I am talking about Prego, Ragu… you know what I mean.  I have tried to use them and my kids hate them, I don’t even really like them.  I am not sure what it is about them I don’t like, maybe I am just used to my mom’s?

I know some people get really into their spaghetti sauce and use real tomatoes, I just don’t have the time or patience to do that or to can it!  So here is my basic recipe, it’s nice because by itself it’s good or you can add things to it that cater to YOUR tastes!  You can add fresh veggies to it, no problem!

I use Hunts products and love them, if you like a different tomato sauce/paste use that, if you want more spice throw more in.  This is just somewhere to start, tweak it to what you like.  But I have been eating this sauce for 30+ years and always go back to it.  I even had my kids not eating my spaghetti because they didn’t like the sauce until I finally called my mom and asked her for her “recipe”

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Tomato sauce with butter

August 26, 2010 1 comment

So I have been in a cooking/baking mood lately and just want to get in the kitchen.  So what’s the problem?  Where are all the goodies?  Well… thing is we got Dexter Season 4 over the weekend and as soon as the kids go to bed we try and get an episode in!

I have lists and lists of things to make, Mike even went out and got me some of the stuff I need… but now I just need to finish Dexter.  I have made some salsa, actually 2 salsas in the last couple weeks.  I know… that isn’t the same as dessert, or meals.

Tonight I made Tomato sauce with onion and butter which I got over at the Smitten Kitchen, one of my FAVORITE food blogs.  Her pictures you make you want to jump in the kitchen!

Hopefully at some point I will post pictures of my creations, but let us start slow

So here is the recipe, mine was a bit light and watery and I blame it on the cheap (generic) tomatoes Mike got me, so I did add some canned tomato sauce to thicken it up more and it did work.  Boys LOVED it!

Original link to the recipe:

http://smittenkitchen.com/2010/01/tomato-sauce-with-butter-and-onions/

Tomato sauce with butter

I doubled the recipe to fee all 6 of us and we had lots of left overs.

28 ounces whole peeled tomatoes from a can (don’t skimp get the good ones)
5 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 medium-sized yellow onion, peeled and halved
Salt to taste after

Put all except salt in a saucepan, I used a 3 quart, and bring to a simmer on medium heat.  After about 10 min I lowered the heat and kept it at a low simmer for about an hour.  During that time I stirred and squished the tomatoes against the side of the pan.  My tomato wasn’t as squished as I wanted it so I used my Mix and Chop from Pampered Chef to take care of it.  Remove the onion and salt for taste.

I put the onion with some of the chunkier sauce in a separate bowl for Mike, he loves that kind of stuff and he loved the big pieces of onion with the sauce.

All the kids gobbled it up!  We used Angel Hair pasta.  This I will make again, not only did the kitchen smell great but the sauce was so light, but it just added that nice touch, not heavy at all.

Tell me what you thought of it…