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Gettin’ Saucey

September 11, 2011

I didn’t plan to spend an afternoon up to my elbows  in tomatoes. Truth be told, if you had asked me months ago  I would have told you that I’d be spending a whole lot of the month of August “putting up” the fruits of our garden labor.  But that didn’t happen.  The Little Garden That Could just never quite took off this year.  Maybe it was the combo of crazy rain alternating with crazy heat? Whatever it was, hardly anything produced more than a dinner’s worth of food. {Except the pumpkins – they’re golden if we can grab them before the squirrels dig into them and spew the contents to get the seeds. Especially our sweet mini pumpkins that our currently helping to fill our window boxes.}

So I never really got to freeze anything major. And somehow it’s September. And I stoppedone day this week at a favorite\ produce stand to get some mums for our front porch and happened to see bushels of tomato seconds –  that she said were mostly just because they were so small – for $3 for the bushel. So I got two bushels and decided to make some sauce to freeze during nap time that afternoon while the rain poured outside(and the basement flooded, unbeknownst to me at the time.)

I used Barbara Kingsolver’s Family Secret Tomato Sauce recipe from Animal Vegetable Miracle and subbed fresh garlic for powdered since I was freezing, skipped the nutmeg because I didn’t have any in the house, sauteed the onions in olive oil and also added a dollop of butter after googling around for some favorite tomato sauce recipes.

The rain pelted the windows and my favorite  Pandora station was on and I got to work chopping onions and garlic and pureed tomatoes galore then threw it all in the pot with the seasonings and let it simmer away.  Easy and delicious and now we have at least a few meals worth of pasta sauce or pizza sauce ready and waiting.


3 Comments leave one →
  1. September 11, 2011 7:18 am

    I was excited to have a post of yours to read this morning. You make photos of tomato sauce look so lovely. I am so inspired by you.

  2. angelika permalink
    September 12, 2011 4:46 pm

    Our garden pooped out this year too. I think it was all that psychotic rain we had the entire month of June. Sad. 😦 Last year I was giving stuff away because I couldn’t keep up with it. Oh well – on to next year!

  3. September 14, 2011 11:02 pm

    What a great way to spend a raining day… hope your basement isn’t too bad.

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