garden to table

One of the reasons I wanted to grow tomatoes this summer was to gather a bunch and make some spaghetti sauce from scratch. You know, back when I used to think that was a good idea.

I didn't really look into what it would take to do this ahead of time. Boiling the tomatoes and then shocking them in a cold water bath and then peeling the skins off takes work, but is okay...

However, slicing skinless tomatoes is another story. (Or is this a screenshot from an episode of Dexter? Sorry, I've got it on the brain. We just finished season 1! So good!)

Well, after I chopped up a bunch of other veggies and whatever else went into it, Mike decided that he was going to make some pasta from scratch. We don't exactly have one of those things that you can crank out noodles from (other than Violet's plastic one which is encrusted with dried play-doh). So he used the pizza cutter and we just had very robust noodles.

I didn't even take a photo of everything together, but this is a quick pic of the leftover sauce. I must say... it was kind of disappointing. The only reason I would recommend making sauce from fresh tomatoes is if you find yourself in like the 1800's or something. It was an experience I'm glad I tried, but I think if I get the urge to make my own spaghetti sauce, I'll be grabbing the fresh grown cans of tomatoes from the crop field known as aisle 7 at Meijer.

But that first pic of the tomatoes... Nice, right?? I got a great haul this summer.


demoreeann November 24, 2014 at 11:39 AM  

Yeah, you DID get a nice haul. I, too, thought about making sauce from scratch, then looked at the recipe and decided a) i couldn't do it with cherry tomatoes b) it looked waaay to hard. Instead I made homemade sauce with canned tomatoes and just added in my own cut up tomatoes (with their skins). It worked out pretty well.

also, we watched dexter! season 1 was soo good. I am watching sherlock right now-also so good!. maaaybe we'll watch breaking bad this summer when life calms down a bit and brian and I can watch together, as opposed to me watching it all day while i feed my hungry kid.


Anne November 25, 2014 at 2:37 PM  

haha, hope the noodles were worth the effort! I never got the point of homemade sauce either, jar sauce is so good, and so cheap!

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