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!

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

Eggs Benedict

This morning I again took advantage of some of my lovely finds at the farmer’s market the other day! I made eggs benedict, for the first time ever! I used the delicious eggs we got at the farmer’s market. I didn’t have any ham, so I used sliced heirloom tomatoes (from the farmer’s market) instead. I poached the eggs, put the eggs and tomato slices on top of bagel halves (instead of English muffins), and topped with a homemade hollandaise sauce. I reduced the recipe to about 2/3 (using two egg yolks instead of 3), and I substituted sour cream for part of the butter. It was great! It was such a filling breakfast, however– I was only able to eat one egg!

July 10, 2010 Posted by | food, recipes | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Salmon and Farmer’s Market Vegetables

For dinner tonight, I cooked some salmon with vegetables that I got yesterday at the Farmer’s Market! I cooked the salmon in a mixture of toasted sesame oil and olive oil, with onions, half an heirloom tomato, and summer squash. I also added fresh sage, powdered garlic, powdered cumin, and sea salt. We also had some (store-bought) ravioli, and a bottle of wine from our trip to Napa last weekend. It was absolutely delicious!

Unfortunately, Emmett (our almost-14-month-old toddler) was so sleepy at dinnertime that he refused the salmon and ravioli (even though he’s eaten both in the past, and loved it!). All he would eat was some cheerios, orange slices, and bagel with almond butter. Oh well… we have a few leftovers so he can try again tomorrow!

July 9, 2010 Posted by | food, recipes | , , , , | Leave a comment

Easy Creamy Tomato Sauce

tomato sauce

As a mom, I’ve found that my eating schedule has changed somewhat: I eat breakfast super quickly , while watching Emmett play in his room or his playpen. Then, I eat an early lunch, while Emmett takes his morning nap– usually around 10:30 or 11am. I eat a snack while he naps in the afternoon (2 or 3pm), and then by dinnertime, Scott is home to help out with Emmett. I’ve gotten used to eating around Emmett’s naptimes– when he’s awake, he takes all my attention!

Lunch today was mostly leftovers: leftover gnocchi from the other night (which I didn’t blog about), potatoes from last night, and some spinach that I lightly steamed for lunch today. The gnocchi was just the packaged, store-bought kind, but it was great for a quick weeknight meal (and subsequent leftovers). I made the sauce myself, though, and it was really quick and easy:

Easy Creamy Tomato Sauce

  • 1 can crushed tomatoes
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1/4 onion, sliced
  • 1/4 cup red wine
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • a dash of garlic powder
  • salt and pepper to taste

Saute the onion in olive oil, and sprinkle some salt and garlic powder on it. When the onions are becoming translucent, add the tomatoes. Cook until it’s just about boiling, and then add the red wine. Cook for 2-3 minutes, and then add the cream. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

January 28, 2010 Posted by | food, recipes | , , | Leave a comment