Alix, the last few times I have made it I have used the food mill, but before that I would make a small on the bottom of the tomato and then drop into boiling water and then into ice water. Both ways work, but I enjoy the food mill better than the other method. You could also use canned tomatoes and then you don't have to worry about the skins at all.
IC, in that case I will happily cook for you anytime. As a matter of fact, if you want to send me a plane ticket to Hawaii I will make sure you have a home cooked meal every single day
Goodweed, I feel the same about you buddy! And to answer your question, what I get a lot of is "you probably won't like this since you cook so well" or things like that. In reality, most of the time I really enjoy the food I am served by my friends and family who cook for me.