Welcome to another FOODIE FRIDAY! I’m a total foodie fanatic. I think I spend more time watching cooking shows on TV than I do writing. 🙂 I also LOVE cooking. (My fantasy food TV show would be called “ARE YOO HUNGRY?” LOL!)
This week’s blog is all about our garden. We had bought a house a few years ago. The backyard had a sandbox for the previous owner’s children and dogs. We ended up getting rid of the sand and turning it into a garden…
We grew so many tomatoes, I swear we could have set up a small stand at a local farmers’ market and made money off these tomatoes. LOL! I LOVED growing our own tomatoes. You don’t realize how “chemical” they taste at your regular supermarket because they’re often forced to ripen at an artificial rate due to mass distribution/transportation. Eating tomatoes from our garden was an amazing experience – they actually tasted like REAL tomatoes. The difference was like night and day between our garden tomatoes and the ones we bought at our local supermarket.
One summer, we decided to make homemade marinara sauce from our overly abundant garden.
(Keep reading after the jump to see how we made homemade marinara sauce from scratch!)
HOMEMADE MARINARA SAUCE
We had to harvest all our tomatoes before the vines died. We didn’t know what to do with this bucket of tomatoes, so I made some home-made marinara sauce.
I made two types – one where I crushed the tomatoes and cooked them with olive oil, garlic, basil and thyme and salt and pepper for an hour.
We also fire roasted the others and will make a fire-roasted marinara sauce later this week. However, we did not have a food mill at the time, so I wasn’t successful at removing the skins and seeds, but it still tasted delicious! I get why you don’t want seeds, tho, cuz they crunch a bit, but it was still tasty. I recommend making homemade marinara sauce instead of buying it in the bottle! I hope to can some marinara sauce for use later, too. Hooray for recession-style recipes! 🙂
Our tomato harvest bounty from our backyard garden! What to do with all these tomatoes? I know! Let’s make homemade marinara sauce!
I quartered the tomatoes and put ’em in the food processor. Did not have a food mill, so was stuck with the skins and seeds. Cooked ’em in garlic-infused olive oil, basil and oregano, salt and pepper for about an hour.
Here I am adding the basil and oregano…
Stirred the mixture up and let it simmer for an hour.
Enjoyed over linguine with some parmesan cheese! For lunch leftovers, I re-heated the sauce with some Farmer John sausage, also yummy! (Recession styled food at cheap prices!)
We also fire roasted the other batch of tomatoes and plan to make a roasted tomato marinara sauce this week!
Does anyone else have a garden? If so, what food have you made with your bounty? I’d love to hear about your gardening adventures! Please comment below! If you are a first-time visitor, follow the WordPress prompts!
Until the next blog, Happy Eating! (And Writing! 🙂 WRITE LIKE YOU MEAN IT! 🙂 (Or, “EAT LIKE YOU MEAN IT!”)