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Date: 2006-07-15 08:31
Subject: Dinner 07/14/06
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Location:Work
Mood:happyhappy
Tags:cooking, food, kelly, wedding
So I made my first attempt at making a tomato based sauce from scratch! We had about 7 or 8 ripes home grown tomatoes and 6 home grown romas that I didn't think we were really going to be able to eat before they went bad. I boiled up water and threw them in the hot water for a couple minutes nad then gave them a cold water bath. Next I removed the skins and squeezed out juice and removed as much of the seeds I could by hand. I threw them all in a blender and did a quick puree with some salt, just enough to keep it a little chunky. Next step was putting some EVO in a sauce pan and sautéing up half of a large onion, 4 chopped cloves of garlic and 2 shallots (I've never actually used shallots before so I wasn't sure how much I should use). After they all got glassy I added the puree and cooked the sauce down for about an hour (till it thickened up enough). During the cooking process I added some oregano, basil (the sort of fresh stuff they have in a squeeze tube), salt, pepper, some Emeril Essence, and then when Kelly got home to knock it a bit we added some Garlic Salt. I then boiled up the penne pasta we had waiting. Lastly I had got a thing of French bread from Albertsons and cut it in half. I mixed up butter (not really butter, I think we have I can't believe it's not butter), about 2 tablespoons of chopped garlic, and 2 tablespoons of Newmans Own Caesar dressing and spread it on the bread. I cooked it in the oven for about 10 minutes at 400 and then another 4-5 minutes at 550 (this gave it the perfect texture, crunchy but not burnt crust and like but slightly crunchy bread).

Overall it was really good. I meant to take a couple pictures but when I'm busy cooking I'm usually running all over trying to get everything done.

Things I will change next time. I forgot to drain the juice that built up in the blender before I started it, if I did that it wouldn't have ended up as watery. Plus it was a little bit acidic even with peeling and getting rid of a good amount of the seeds and juice. My mom usually strains the tomatoes through a wire colander but that takes a bit more time (which I didn't have).

We both liked it and we have some leftovers still. This will probably be one of my last home cooked meals I make from scratch till after the wedding. Then I'll be able to use the new pots and pans someone bought us! ;)
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Life mostly un-examined.
User: dipster
Date: 2006-07-15 15:40 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
So what does that have to do with an xbox? :-D
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Pain heals. Chicks dig scars. Glory. Lasts forever
User: dangarion
Date: 2006-07-15 15:50 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Not sure why it did Xbox.
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Jennifer
User: jennfurr
Date: 2006-07-15 19:44 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
To counteract the acidity, try throwing in a tablespoon or so of brown sugar. To give mine oomph, I add some whole fennel seeds.
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Pain heals. Chicks dig scars. Glory. Lasts forever
User: dangarion
Date: 2006-07-15 19:50 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I was afraid of putting any sugar in it because I didn't want to get it sweet. I like sauce, not syrup :). But I'll try brown sugar next time, we have that handy. Don't have any fennel seeds. Don't have any bay leaves either. Still working on getting all the seasoning things, but only usually get them when I know I need them.
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Jennifer
User: jennfurr
Date: 2006-07-15 20:18 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
hmmmm I still need to get you a wedding present :)

what spices DO you have?
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Pain heals. Chicks dig scars. Glory. Lasts forever
User: dangarion
Date: 2006-07-15 20:20 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Um off the top of my head, most of the important ones.

I had contemplated adding some Red Cayanne Pepper, but that wasn't the kick I wanted. :)
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Jennifer
User: jennfurr
Date: 2006-07-15 22:22 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
try either red pepper flakes, or a couple squirts of sriracha hot sauce. Oh - or chipotle peppers. Those have a smokey kick!
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J.
User: beddheadd
Date: 2006-07-16 09:11 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Are you saying EVOO a la Rachael Ray style? Haha.
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Pain heals. Chicks dig scars. Glory. Lasts forever
User: dangarion
Date: 2006-07-16 16:21 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
They all say it that way on there. :)
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