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Old 06-25-2014, 05:46 PM   #41
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Same thing here with the San Marzano's. And apparently we share an underdeveloped palate, Kayelle, as I always use oregano too!
Ditto here! Save your money. I recently decided to try a house brand of jarred pasta sauce. A simple basil and tomato sauce. Looking at the ingredients, this is going to be my 'go to' jarred pasta sauce from here on in. There was no oregano listed. It is such a simple sauce, I can doctor it anyway I want. And the first thing to go into it, will be oregano. And it is nice and chunky. I doubt very much if this sauce has San Marzano tomatoes. Just your standard plum tomatoes. I can mike up a few meatballs, sausages, etc. and let them simmer in this sauce.

I tried a can of the Muir Glen San Marzano tomatoes once. And only because I had a coupon. Way over priced even then and nothing to write home about. They tasted bland to me. And they were not salt free either.

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Old 06-25-2014, 11:17 PM   #42
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Sounds like the Nina brand from Costco is something I'll have to try. My daughter loves them, too. Will put them on my list for my next Costco trip.

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I tried a can of the Muir Glen San Marzano tomatoes once. And only because I had a coupon. Way over priced even then and nothing to write home about. They tasted bland to me. And they were not salt free either.

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Just wanted to clarify...Muir Glen and San Marzanos are not the same. Muir Glen are organic tomatoes grown in CA, named after the naturalist John Muir.
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Old 06-25-2014, 11:38 PM   #43
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...Just wanted to clarify...Muir Glen and San Marzanos are not the same. Muir Glen are organic tomatoes grown in CA, named after the naturalist John Muir.
To clarify further, Muir Glen is a brand name. San Marzano is a type of plum tomato grown is a designated region in Italy. Only Muir Glen can sell Muir Glen tomatoes but many brands can sell San Marzanos.

I tried Muir Glen tomatoes once and found them too acidic to enjoy.
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Old 06-25-2014, 11:47 PM   #44
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Exactly, Andy. Thank you for clarifying further. I guess my hurried point was that although true regional San Marzanos do fall under many brand names, Muir Glen is not one of them. I appreciate your post.

By the way, I too found Muir Glen nothing to write home about. lol
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Old 06-26-2014, 02:01 AM   #45
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I really like Rao's marinara sauce.
The recipe calls for salt pork to be sauteed to render some fat.
Never can get it to taste like the jar....
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Old 06-26-2014, 08:06 AM   #46
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I really like Rao's marinara sauce.
The recipe calls for salt pork to be sauteed to render some fat.
Never can get it to taste like the jar....
Interesting. Rao is the name of Deity in two of the Fantasy novels I'm working on. So, this marinara sauce is mad by a god. It had better be good!

Wait. Oops. The deity's name in my novels is Rhaos. Silly me.

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Old 06-26-2014, 08:14 AM   #47
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Interesting. Rao is the name of Deity in two of the Fantasy novels I'm working on. So, this marinara sauce is mad by a god. It had better be good!

Wait. Oops. The deity's name in my novels is Rhaos. Silly me.

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Rao's Marinara Sauce Recipe

You may remember Rao's owner Frank Pellegrino from the Soprano's.

The Rao's cook book is a great collection of Italian American recipes.
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Old 06-26-2014, 09:47 AM   #48
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7 gen. ALL my relatives - aunt's, great aunt's, grandma and mom added Fresh (dry if fresh unavailable) - garlic, basil, oregano, flat leaf parsley, red pepper flakes, onion, salt, ground pepper, olive oil and red wine to marinara sauce (meatless tomato sauce) and gravy (tomato sauce with meat in it). It also depends on the region of Italy as to the herbs and spices added to dishes.

P.S. Since the arthritis in fingers and wrists chopping herbs has been a beast till I got this. This makes fast work of the herb chopping. I LOVE IT!

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Old 06-26-2014, 01:15 PM   #49
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After doing some online research (not wiki) it seems that the sauce I first described is a ragu. marinara was defined in every dictionary as a strong flavored tomato sauce that includes garlic and various herbs. I guess that means that you can put whatever herbs and spices you want into your Marinara. However, if you add meat, then it becomes a ragu.

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After doing some online research (not wiki) it seems that the sauce I first described is a ragu. marinara was defined in every dictionary as a strong flavored tomato sauce that includes garlic and various herbs. I guess that means that you can put whatever herbs and spices you want into your Marinara. However, if you add meat, then it becomes a ragu.

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Yep, that's what I've understood too. Someone said it becomes a Bolognese sauce with meat in it, however Bolognese contains milk, and yours did not.
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