Lately I have really learned to love tomato paste. Definitely an unrecognized great ingredient. For years I have been making my pasta and pizza sauces with just tomato sauce, but the tomato paste adds so much more richness to them. So enough with my babbling. Here are some recipes featuring my ingredient of the month (January).
* 1 (15 ounce) can tomato sauce
* 1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste
* 2 teaspoons oregano
* 2 teaspoons basil
* 1 1/2 teaspoons dried minced garlic
* 1/2 teaspoon sugar
1. In a medium bowl, Mix together tomato sauce and tomato paste until smooth. Stir in spices and sugar
The BEST Spaghetti Sauce
* 3 tablespoons olive oil
* ½ onion, chopped
* 2 cloves chopped garlic
* 1 ½ tablespoon dried basil
* 1 ½ tablespoon dried oregano
* 1 cube chicken bouillon
* 1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste
* 1 14.5 oz crushed tomatoes
* 1 teaspoons poultry seasoning
* ½ teaspoon white sugar, or as needed
* salt and pepper to taste
1. Heat the olive oil in a pot over medium heat. Mix in onion and garlic, and cook 1 minute. Season with basil, oregano, and chicken bouillon. Stir in the tomato paste and crushed tomatoes, and season with poultry seasoning. Cook and stir 10 minutes.
2. Mix sugar into the sauce. Season with salt and pepper. Reduce heat to low, and simmer at least 30 minutes, up to 4 hours.
Ooh, now I'm hungry!!
Friday, January 29, 2010
Thursday, January 21, 2010
No joke!! Even though I didn't really like the Office stooping to the level of so many other sitcoms by airing an episode created by compiling old clips, it did make me laugh. A lot. It was like some of the best moments from all 5 (or 6?) seasons all rolled into 22 minutes (that's not including commercials). Then at the very end there was the Jim and Pam montage and it reminded me of a journal entry I wrote just one week before Adam asked me out. I was lonely from ending another relationship and thinking about calling him just so I didn't have to be alone. But I was holding off by watching The Office and laughing out loud all alone. Then suddenly there was a moment on the show when Jim told the camera he was proposing to Pam and I felt a tingle go up my spine. Wow! I wished I could find a guy that made me feel that way! Of course the only guy I could think of that made me feel that way was Adam Thomas. What were the chances of him ever liking me, or asking me out?? I never got my way in love and relationships. In any case, that one moment kept me from calling an ex and holding out for real love. Luckily for me, it did turn out to be Adam!! Yeah, Jim and Pam saved me!!
Posted by Kimberly at 7:25 PM
Monday, January 11, 2010
Being the good wife that I am, I put Adam's work shirts in the laundry Sunday morning. Today I woke up with the horrible realization that I had forgotten to move them to the dryer! Adam wore an old BLUE work shirt (the new ones are yellow) and went to work. Of all days, of course today was the day that IKEA Draper was featured on channel 13 news!! At least he gave me a shout out!!
Posted by Kimberly at 10:20 AM
Wednesday, January 6, 2010
Since you asked. . . Yes! You're right! I am the winner of my fantasy football league!!! And, no! I don't even know my own login/password!! Or the names of any of the players on my team! But don't think that will stop me from taking all the credit and bragging about it for weeks! Pretty Princesses ROCK!!
Posted by Kimberly at 7:45 PM
Well this is my last blog that will feature a song as the title (in case you hadn't caught on to my quirk of doing that). I've decided its time to change the name and the look of my blog and take it in a different direction! I'm excited. You probably are too. Don't deny it. :) As for changing the look, that will probably not happen right now because I'm balancing my computer on my husband's legs (across my lap, sitting on the couch) and its really hard to use. So I'll save that for later!
Posted by Kimberly at 7:34 PM