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Thursday, August 05, 2010

O is for Oranges,Olives and Oregano

This photo was taken last week at Riccardo's Ristorante
It has nothing to do with oranges-but everything to do
with olives and oregano! It's a great local place to
have a tasty lunch or dinner and we highly recommend it!
Meanwhile, here's my secret (hahah) Italian Tomato Sauce recipe
thanks to our good friend Kit who shared it with me many years ago:
Kit's Pasta Sauce
as many tomatoes as you want peeled cored and cut in quarters
1-2 onions chopped depending on amount of tomatoes
celery chopped-1-2 stalks dependent
lots of garlic finely chopped
1-2 carrots chopped
Italian herbs including oregano!
hot pepper flakes
olive oil
1-2 small cans tomato paste
Heat olive oil in large dutch oven
Saute onions,celery,garlic and carrots til onion is translucent
add herbs and stir for a few minutes
Then add tomatoes and smash them a bit to release juice
Bring to a boil and then simmer for 1-2 hours.
What I do is use a slow cooker for about 4 hours or so.
Add tomato paste, blend well, use an immersion blender if you want
Cook your pasta of choice, drain and enjoy your pasta sauce!
Serve with lots of cruncy bread and.....a salad with oranges and avocados.

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