I made THE best dinner last night. ALL from scratch and 95% from the garden (flour,sugar yeast and salt were previously purchased in bulk). Home made pasta sauce, bruschetta, and garlic and sun dried tomato focaccia bread (shaped into little individual loaves). Topped it off with a bottle of Gozzo Malbec. The tragedy of the whole thing? Jimmy was to tired to enjoy it after putting in a 14 hour day (16 if you count sitting in traffic). So , lesson learned..... When he is gone long enough for me to harvest all the vegetables and herbs and spend three hours in the kitchen prepping and cooking and set a romantic table in a spotless house (with fresh flowers)........all I'm going to get for my efforts is a tired, weak smile of appreciation while he tries valiantly not to fall over face first in his plate.
Here's how I made the pasta sauce (not really a recipe because I didn't follow one).
I lightly browned about a pound of hot Italian ground sausage.
Chopped up an onion and a green pepper and some garlic
Quartered about 3 pounds of tomatoes
Chopped up an entire basil plant (half went in sauce half went in bruschetta)
Pulled off about 3 or 4 tbsps of fresh thyme
1 maybe 2 tbsp of fresh tarragon ( wasn't really counting)
I put all of this in a huge cast iron skillet and let it simmer on low (covered) for well over an hour keeping a fairly close eye a the culinary magic that happened
Recipe? We don't need no stinkin recipe. We got mad kitchen skills and fresh ingredients.