Victory Dinner

Hello there, blog world!

I wanted to post earlier, but I left my camera at home.

And this post would not be very interesting without pictures.

I want to share with you my first attempts at pasta sauce. I’ve never made tomato sauce in my life, but for some reason, I really wanted to try last night. You see, I was sure it was going to be a special night and a victory dinner would be in order.

So it was time to get to work.

First I cooked up 1 yellow onion and some garlic in just a bit of extra virgin olive oil.

Then I chopped up the cherry tomatoes I received in my CSA, as well as a couple of over ripe tomatoes I had in the fridge. I let them drain a little bit.

Then I added them to the onions and garlic. After they were mixed up, I lowered the temperature a smidge and walked away. It’s simmer time.

After about 30 minutes, it had thickened up. I added some rosemary, as it was just about the only appropriate spice I had in my kitchen. It really should’ve been chopped up better than that, but I got lazy. Oops. I let it simmer for another 10 minutes or so.

While it was simmering, I cooked up some whole wheat spaghetti.

I drained the spaghetti over a bed of spinach, in order to wilt it….a tip learned from Caitlin in her 15 Minute Pasta Salad recipe.

Voila! Whole Wheat Spaghetti with Spinach and Homemade Tomato Sauce.

I was pretty amazed at how easy making my own pasta sauce was. It was the same kind of surprise that I got last week when I figured out how to make applesauce. It’s making me think that I’ve been making this cooking thing out to be so much more difficult than it really is!

Tonight I had the same thing, but dressed it up with a couple of items I picked up from Trader Joe’s on my way home:

I cooked up a Garlic Herb Chicken Sausage and added it to my leftover spaghetti+sauce. Then I topped it with a little cheese. I took a picture of this masterpiece, but somehow, it deleted itself. Seriously. It isn’t on my camera. Mystery.

Dinner was accompanied by:

I had never had Trader Joe’s garlic bread before, but let me tell you…it was about a billion times better than I expected it to be. Normally, frozen garlic bread doesn’t have much flavor, but this bread was so good. A little cheesy. Perfect.

Now, it is time for me to sit around and veg. It’s only 7:50pm, and I already feel like heading to bed. Between work and celebrating the GIANTS WINNING THE PENNANT, I have just tuckered myself out!

(That’s right, my victory dinner was in honor of the Giants. I’m a dork. Don’t worry. 7 more games, and you won’t have to hear baseball out of me until spring!)

I thought tomato sauce would be difficult to make…but it turned out to be easy.

Have you ever thought a meal would be difficult to make, but then found out it was a snap?

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8 Responses to Victory Dinner

  1. maya says:

    “It’s making me think that I’ve been making this cooking thing out to be so much more difficult than it really is!”

    –> what have I always told you? ^_~

    Pasta sauce was one of the first things I made when I started experimenting with cooking way back when. I am really picky about sauce and never liked any of the commercially available ones, so even when I bought jarred sauce I would add it to sauteed onions & garlic and re-season it myself before using.

    I always finish my pasta off in the pan with the sauce before plating, to ensure maximum flavor absorption and distribution.

    I find most things are a lot easier than they seem, so I’ve come to expect it when cooking. If you twisted my arm for examples I’d say yogurt and homemade pastas, I suppose. I think it’s a lot less common to find something difficult to make. Macarons stick out in my mind as a good example of that.

    • girlinchucks says:

      Well, to give me credit, it’s not like you can go from frozen bagel bites chef to Julia Child overnight! It takes time to build skills and confidence! 😉

      Homemade pasta seems terrifying. I don’t like to work with dough, as I don’t have a mixer and I also have no counter space to work on.

      • maya says:

        True, but you first started going from frozen bagel bites to quick, healthy meals a few years back.. so it seems like a good time to start getting some confidence. ;D

        Dough is not so bad. I think it’s fun and therapeutic, actually. I have never had a mixer and probably never will, so it’s all done the old fashioned way for me.

        My counter space situation is not much better than yours, but I make due with what I have. Sometimes that means propping a cutting board over the sink or kneading in a big bowl.. but eh. No big.

  2. Now that I’ve gotten more into cooking, I’m amazed at how much easier everything is to make than I thought. Like vegetable soup. You don’t need a recipe… just throw stuff in! I never would have been that brave before.

    And your sauce looks GREAT! 🙂

  3. Those tomatoes look beautiful! I’m so jealous of you and your CSA! 😉 I swear I’m gonna sign up next year, I’ve put it off for the last 2 years.

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