Thwarted Efforts

We moved! The unfortunate part of it all is that we have really bad service at our new place so phone calls get dropped constantly and Internet access is very limited. Boo! I know if we get regular internet, we can access it with our phones and even make phone calls over Wi-Fi. It is just going to have to wait for a bit. Bear with me.

We have so much space here, I can fill my pantry with healthy foods, less processed stuff and our fridge with fruits and vegetables. We started trying to cook more with fresh stuff and even more from scratch recently and Brian and I love it. Charity, not so much.

See, I know how to cook and have plenty of recipes to feed us from scratch for years to come. We do buy an occasional frozen pizza, but I prefer making my own with homemade sauce. It is a convenient solution when I need something quick and easy. Not the homemade part, but the frozen pizzas.

So, here is where my efforts are being thwarted, Charity wants the processed crap. Yes,  I am her mom and I make the food choices. I get that. Except, she refuses to eat if it is something “she doesn’t like”. I can’t have her not eating, so, I am trying an experiment. We are. I bought chicken nuggets for the first time in over a year and a half. And tater tots. I am trying to compromise. I am trying to show her that homemade is better. I think maybe after a few weeks, I will give her homemade chicken nuggets. Show her that homemade can taste better than processed foods.

I hope it works and I can go back to making homemade soon. I can’t eat processed food all the time!

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Sauce and a Fire

So, I told you I had a funny story. Or maybe you never knew it was funny. Right now, it’s funny. In the moment, it wasn’t so much.

So, I bought an assload bunch of tomato sauce, ok, more like 5 cans and 2 cans of tomatoes. See?

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Tom Thumb was having an amazing sale. I think I know why too. You really shouldn’t eat heavy ass pasta in the heat of summer. It only makes you hotter. Moving on…it was a dollar a can. SOLD! I thought that buying a bunch, making a lot of spaghetti sauce and freeze it. Good idea! Except, it’s like 100+ degrees in Arlington. I went on with the plan. So, I got my pan (I really need a 3 quart sauce pan) and put my oil in it.

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I put it on the burner and turned it on. I started opening all 7 of my cans after I got my spices together. Then, sauce happened. Yup, I got tomato sauce on my shirt, right after I was thinking I should put on an apron. So, I ducked into the bathroom to put on a darker shirt. I step into the kitchen to a poof and the burner pan catching fire. Really? WTF?! So, I move the pan, shut off the burner and… I blew on it. Ha! Didn’t work. I also turned on the fan. Thankfully, my kitchen is small and the cups and sink is nearby. Nothing was harmed, except the burner pan. Oops. Also, there was a swear word thrown in.

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So, I took a break and ended up making a giant batch of spaghetti sauce. I put some aside for the homemade pizza later this week and for dinner last night. I also have 4 batches for spaghetti and one for another pizza in the freezer. Yup, I made a bunch. So, it was a dollar for each batch. I had all other ingredients on hand.
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I also wound up making a large batch of spaghetti last night. For some reason, I sometimes think I am a cooking for a small army. I made that much. So, for a change, I took it up to Brian’s work for him and his Sous chef. On the way there, I had a momentary freak out. I was taking my homemade spaghetti sauce to not just my husband, but another chef. Crap. Oh well.

There really is nothing saying that just because you married a chef, you are automatically an amazing cook. Nope. I have to work on it. And taste everything, more than once. I screw up, Brian will tell you’re have had some flops. It happens, all the time, even to chefs. Either way, I am glad they liked it, cause I have more where that came from!

So, that’s the story. And it was the first time I have caught a stove on fire, that wasn’t gas.

xoxo jes

Get saucy!

I have been lacking inspiration to post about. The benefit was fantastic. It is so great to see a community come together for each other.

Back to get saucy.. Do you eat spaghetti in your home? Do you just fry up some hamburger and dump ragu/prego/some other prepare sauce in it? Or do you use a store bought sauce and jazz it up? Or make your own?

I have done a variation of all. But, I am getting sick of the stuff tasting the same. There is only so much you can do to a store bought sauce to make it taste different. Plus, do you really know what’s in it?

Back in Missouri, we tried some of the worst sauces. I have given up them. It is no harder for me to pull out 2-3 cans of tomato sauce and flavor it up with what I have on hand than to dump a jar of sauce. It gives you the chance to be creative. And, it is cheaper.

Tonight, I made my own sauce, I hope C and B like it. My only wish: that I had some garlic in the house. Oh well. I never measure anyways so every time I make it, it might taste different. I just know that I created it myself and I know what I put in it. The key is to taste everything before just dumping more. I started off with the normal amount I would use to doctor up a normal sauce and went from there.

Things I have added in the past:
-onions, use onion flakes or fresh, not onion salt, it adds more salty flavor
-garlic, in all forms except salt, again because it adds a salt to the dish
-Italian seasoning
-salt, just to bring out the flavors, the key is to not go overboard with it, you want flavorful food, not salty
-pepper, yes, pepper
-sugar, tomatoes are acidic and sometimes certain brands are more acidic than others, you want to cut the acid, not sweeten the sauce

I need to be more adventurous in what I add, but those are things I typically keep on hand