Sunday, September 6, 2009

Dirty, Dirty, Dirty

Why, on earth are these children so dirty?
Do I bathe them on a regular basis?

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Did I spill a jar of spaghetti sauce all over them?

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Well, of course I bathe them, and no, nothing was spilled on them. I made what I will consider the BEST ever tomato sauce that I have ever made. Mainly because it had OODLES of balsamic vinegar in it - which I could drink straight out of the bottle, but that's another post for another time. My little ones cleaned their plates (which is pretty rare thing these days).

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Maybe it was the Mickey Mouse whole wheat pasta, or maybe it was the awesome sauce. Either way, I'll take what I can get.

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Our garden is overrun with tomatoes - so many that it's hard to keep up with them. Usually we would just give them away, but I came across a recipe and thought I'd see what I could come up with. For the sauce I used about 2-3 lbs of tomatoes - cut into 4ths, about 1/4 cup of Extra Virgin Olive Oil, about 1/4 cup Balsamic Vinegar, a whole heck of a lot of fresh basil - chopped, about 6 cloves of garlic - peeled and sliced, a few teaspoons of dried Oregano, and salt and pepper. I mixed all this together in a large bowl and then poured everything into a shallow pan (I used a 9x13 glass baking dish). Roasted it all in the oven for about 1 hr 30 min at 400 degrees, and then poured it all into the food processor, and Voila - best Tomato Sauce EVER!!!

If you find yourself with an excess of tomatoes - make this sauce. Make it, bottle it, freeze it, love it, but make sure that you don't sit there and eat all of it before you share it - it would be so easy to do.

1 comment:

Twix said...

Um, hello! Tomato queen here....without any tomatoes!