I apologize I haven't made a daily post for the last week. It's been absolutely crazy around here! We knew that it was going to freeze yesterday and I was panicking that our tomatoes were all going to freeze so we went out in the garden and pulled each and every single tomato plant and pulled every tomato off them. Wow! Talk about a family activity! It took all four of us a couple hours, but it sure felt good when we were thru. So, it was frozen pizza for dinner! And then knowing that I was going to be gone for yesterday and today, Mike helped me get some canning done Monday night before I left. It was great! He helped me so much and I told him that if I die tomorrow, he is expected to keep up my traditions! Ha ha! We did 34 quarts of pickles and hot veggies in 2 hrs. Record time! And we were able to spend some very awesome time together in my element! I Love him!
Anyhow, I left yesterday and went to the Taste of Home Cooking School in Lehi, Utah with my Mom and it was AMAZING! I got some great new recipes! And it's always nice to just have a break! We had front row VIP seats and it was a blast! Mom and I went to the Thanksgiving gardens, since our VIP pass included a ticket thru the gardens! OH MY! Can I tell you how beautiful that place is! An absolute paradise! We spent two hours driving a golf cart thru the gardens and we could have spent so much more time there but we didn't have it! Then we stayed there, went to IKEA today on our way home, then made our way home. It was a great time and too short-lived! Anyway, I have to tell you that I have enjoyed not cooking for a couple of days but I am so anxious to get back in the kitchen now that I've had my break! :-)
So, keep looking for new posts and PLEASE DON'T HESITATE to leave comments! I like knowing that people are actually reading it! :-)
So here is a recipe I got from the cooking school! I have not been able to try it yet, but I will tomorrow, since I have just a FEW tomatoes that I need to use up :-). It looked amazing and smelled soooo good!
FRESH MARINARA SAUCE:
3 large carrots, finely chopped
2 large onions, chopped
6 garlic cloves, minced
1/3 cup olive oil
15 medium tomatoes (about 6 pounds), peeled and chopped
1/3 cup chopped fresh basil or 2 tablespoons dried basil
3 tablespoons chopped fresh oregano or 1 tablespoon dried oregano
1-1/2 teaspoons salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
In a Dutch oven, saute the carrots, onions and garlic in oil until tender. Add tomatoes and seasonings; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 1 to 1-1/2 hours or until thickened and reduced by half, stirring occasionally. Store sauce in airtight containers.
Yields: 7 servings
I made this recipe then put in 2 sterilized quart jars while still boiling hot. I put the lid and ring on and tipped it upside down to seal. Should work great in the food storage!