Monday, February 21, 2011

Long Weekend In

5 years ago I would have told you that I spent my long weekend skiing, or ice climbing, or skiing to an ice climb...you get the picture.  This weekend, I cooked, read an entire book, cooked, ate, and OK I did go for a run so I'm not a complete shut in.
I made scratch marinara sauce.  This is one of those foods that I could probably eat in some way in a meal every day of the week if allowed.
I started with 1 quart and 1 pint of canned tomatoes from last year's garden.  You could of course use the equivalent amount of store bought canned tomatoes.
Then I chopped 1 white onion and 3 cloves of garlic and placed them into a pan with olive oil already hot on medium heat.  I cooked these until they were soft.
Then I emptied both jars of tomatoes on the blender for a quick pulse to break them up then poured the tomatoes in with 2 bay leaves and a sprig of thyme.
I let this cook on a simmer for 20 minutes until a little thickened then fished out the thyme and bay leaves and add a palm full of chopped parsley.
Stir this in, add salt and pepper to taste, and that's it.  This makes a bright, yummy marinara that can be dressed up with additional veggies or...

Made into spinach mushroom lasagna
Or just sauce up some spaghetti and eat it up.
Some home made focaccia bread for mopping up sauce would be nice.  You wouldn't want to leave any behind after all.

Want the specifics on these recipes?  Drop me a line and I'll get them posted.
Happy eating.

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Winter, finally (and seriously)

I planned to start this blog last spring as my garden flew into action, but then got into the actual work of gardening and abandoned the task. However, today its winter, really winter. I'm wearing long underwear and sitting under a blanket and I'm still cold.
Today is the shortest day of the year so from here on in it gets better. I look forward to longer days, that's for sure. But I'll also tuck in and enjoy winter's freeze and snow, it does mean skiing after all. Maybe more importantly is the snow pack - without snow there isn't water for the West.
The end of the year and the solstice are a good time to think back on the last 365. I have no reason to complain and feel really lucky about the last year and really hopeful about the year to come.