Sunday, September 28, 2014

Back to the Kitchen:

With me it always goes back to the Kitchen when I feel stressed, anxious or need to figure out what is best for me.

Health issues are never something most of us want to discuss especially with our children. It is a sensitive topic and either can harm or help.

To have that test ordered by the Doctor or not! The consequences lye with you the patient. My instinct tells me to hold off until it really becomes necessary. My Doctor is concerned!

Hence I am in the kitchen to relax, thinking how to solve my problem while dealing with a bag of yellow tomatoes I received from a friend.

 I cleaned the tomatoes, pureed them coarsely in my food processor, packed the puree in individual containers and put them in the freezer to use during the cold weather season. I feel that this is a good move. I know of no one who ever tried that, if you have let me know.

The following recipe is one of my favored for pasta, it is so easy and refreshing and no cooking. Of course you have to cook the pasta.

Fresh Summer Tomato Sauce over Pasta

2 large ripe tomatoes
4 tbsp. olive oil
¼ cup chopped fresh basil
¼ cup chopped scallions or shallots
1 tbsp. chopped fresh oregano
2 cloves garlic, pressed or finely chopped
Salt and fresh ground pepper to taste

Pasta can be any you like, best is Angel hair or linguini

Parmesan Cheese or Blue Cheese for topping.

Blanch the tomatoes in boiling water for 2 minutes, remove and drop in cold water for 1 minute, remove and peel. (If you do not want to blanch the tomatoes, puree them coarse and do not worry about the seeds proceed with the recipe)

In a bowl cut tomatoes in half and remove seeds, safe the juice. Dice the tomatoes.

Combine diced tomatoes with the juice and olive oil. Add remaining ingredients, mix well.

If not used the same day refrigerate for 24 hours.

Remove from refrigerator one hour before cooking the pasta. Cook pasta, drain add the tomato mixture and toss well. For extra moisture you can add a dash of chicken stock or white wine to the pasta, toss well.

Makes about 2 cups of sauce

Note: this is a great way to entertain unexpected guests. A salad and Italian bread go well with it.

A nice red Italian red wine and voila you are ready to party!