I don’t think some people realize what goes into cooking sometimes. The chopping, sauteing, simmer, clean up, um the grocery bill, OUCH! When I cook, I don’t think people realize how much LOVE and attention and detail I put into a dish, or a meal! Especially if it’s for something important like a dinner party, holiday or birthday….I plan for days, sometimes weeks HECK sometimes months! I research recipes and try to find the best one, or I use a mixture of several recipes, or I just make it up as I go. But either way my mind is focused on what I need to make! I make a list and go to the store, or usually I send Normy and Then I spend many hours in my kitchen making that PERFECT dish or meal! My (Sometimes) Blood, sweat and tears and time and effort, everything I have and know goes into that meal. It’s a reflection of me and my passion so OF COURSE its a big deal and I want it to be perfect for who I am making it for. I want them to taste the love. I want them to look at me and go mmmmmmmm this is the BEST meal I had, since the last time I ate your food! Not really, but I really want to make their mouth, and tummy and them to be very happy! That is ONE Of the MANY reasons I LOVE TO COOK…OK Just had to throw that out there and tell you. Now for the Good stuff! THE FOOOOOOD!
Can you guess 19 things to put in Marinara sauce?
Well I can tell you the 19 ingredients that went into mine!
Friday November 4th (yes I know I am SO behind on posting this) we celebrated my mother in-laws birthday and for her birthday her “kids” made her dinner.
Her favorite dish from Normy is Chicken Parmesan. So us kids made her Chicken Parmesan, with Marinara sauce, Garlic Bread and salad oh and dessert.
Normy was in charge of the chicken
I was in charge of the sauce and dessert
Normy’s Sis was in charge of the bread
and Her Boyfriend was in charge of the salad
So I prepped the sauce the night before the dinner so it could simmer for hours
So the 19 ingredients that go in my sauce are:
whole canned tomatoes
canned diced tomatoes
Herbes de Provence
and the MOST important ingredient of all…
OK let me show you how I made this pot of LOVE!
(I am doing a rough chop on all the veggies as later you will use the hand blender to make the sauce silky smooth)
Stir in, to combine
stir in to combine
stir sauce together and let it simmer for 4 hours on low stir occasionally.
But what I did was cooled the sauce and then refrigerated it and then brought it over to my mother in laws the next night and heated it back up while the rest of dinner was made…
time for birthday dessert Apple dumplings with vanilla ice cream