Katie's Musings

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Returning to my blog, and Homemade Spaghetti Sauce

I’m finally returning to my blog!! Lots to share. I had a busy summer of reading, knitting, and taking care of my baby (well, toddler now!). I finished more knitting projects than I’d thought I would be able to do: one baby blanket, one baby sweater vest, two baby hats, two sets of baby booties, and two Android phone cozies. I didn’t have much time for my blog, and one of the main reasons was because– I’m pregnant!! During the first trimester, I find that my relationship with food changes dramatically. Namely, I can’t stand to write about food, or take pictures of food: I just want to eat!! I’ve had lots of pregnancy cravings so far, although none of them are terribly outlandish. I’ve mainly been craving Southern homestyle cooking, real comfort food, whether it’s healthy or not. I’ve been craving chicken casseroles made with cream of broccoli soup, and other foods such as grits, chicken and dumplings, and basically anything Southern. My biggest food craving is North Carolina seafood: fresh popcorn shrimp, fried fish, hushpuppies, cole slaw…. but unfortunately I live in California, and making it at home is just not the same! I wish I could be eating at a restaurant at the Outer Banks right now… yum… but I digress!

Anyways, I’m nearly through with my first trimester, and I think my morning sickness and exhaustion are finally coming to an end! I’ve also started my fall semester now (I’m working on a Master’s degree in Library and Information Science), so along with getting back into my regular routine, I’m hoping to start keeping up with my blog again.

We’ve started getting our weekly CSA box again (we took a break for the past two months), and we have a surplus of tomatoes from last week’s and this week’s boxes. I remembered seeing one episode of Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution where he made a homemade spaghetti sauce with lots of pureed fresh vegetables, and so I thought this would be a great way to use up all these tomatoes! I didn’t follow any recipe, I just used what I had, and it turned out great!

Here’s how I made it:

Homemade Spaghetti Sauce

  • about 1 container of cherry tomatoes, all sliced in half
  • about 2 huge heirloom tomatoes, sliced
  • about 3 or 4 slicing tomatoes, sliced
  • 2 small zucchini, sliced
  • 1/2 onion, sliced
  • 1 large carrot, peeled and sliced
  • 1/2 red pepper, sliced
  • 1 small sweet yellow pepper, sliced
  • 1 Tbsp. chopped fresh sage
  • about 1/2 tsp. dried oregano
  • about 1/4 tsp. fine sea salt
  • dash of pepper
  • about 4 Tbsp. olive oil

Basically, I just dumped all the veggies in a large pan, with the olive oil and seasonings, and simmered on medium-high heat for about 25 minutes. I would’ve kept it simmering longer, until the veggies were softer (the carrot and zucchini were cooked, but still a little firm), but at that point Emmett was getting fussy and hungry. So, I decided to just puree everything in the blender, adjusted the seasonings (added more salt), and mixed it with cooked spaghetti noodles. (And yes, I like cheddar cheese with my spaghetti!) It was delicious!

September 8, 2010 Posted by | food, recipes | , | Leave a comment

Easy Italian Dinner

Tonight I threw together an easy, quick dinner involving leftover spaghetti. I made a vegetable dish of sauteed zucchini, mushrooms, and summer squash, with olive oil, sesame oil, dried oregano, and fresh sage. I also made a really easy eggplant side dish. I sliced the eggplant, dipped it in milk, and then dipped it in a cornmeal coating (actually, it was a fish fry cornmeal packet!). I baked it at 450 for about 30 minutes, then lowered it to 350 and baked for another 30 minutes. About 20 minutes from the end, I added sliced tomato and shredded Italian 3-cheese blend on top of the eggplant. It was such an easy throw-together weeknight dinner!

July 13, 2010 Posted by | food, recipes | , , , , , | Leave a comment