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Old 02-28-2006, 09:15 AM   #81
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I have some pork neck bones in the freezer that I use for sauce. S.O. knows to ask before she chucks anything.

Quick story:

One night in Aruba I was making a chicken and hot pickled pepper dish for dinner. The recipe calls for you to add some of the pickle juice to the pan. While I was working away at the stove, S.O. decided to help by cleaning up, so she dumped out the hot pepper jar and tossed it before I had a chance to use the juice.

Dinner was still good but I'm here to report that the hot pickled peppers in Aruba are a lot hotter than the ones we buy at home...

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Old 02-28-2006, 12:17 PM   #82
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Spaghetti night is always a meatless night at our house. I make the sauce using mostly any fresh veggie left in the fridge before shopping. Starting with onions I brown them in olive oil with green peppers, red peppers, celery, broccoli, handful or two of cilantro, garlic and most important pine nuts. Next I'll add whole canned tomatoes which will be smashed and at least one little can of tomato sauce. This gets the brown stuff off the bottom. Add a few fresh Roma tomatoes cut into cubes with the skins left on. Lower the heat and simmer for an hour or longer if my wife is late coming home from work. Other veggies that can be added are squash, egg plant, mushrooms (not a veggie),peas, carrots, I tried left over spinach once but it was too strong.

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Old 04-07-2006, 12:47 PM   #83
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Two thoughts.

First, once you've browned the meat, remove it from heat and add the spices (I usually use cinnamon & cloves or oregano & basil) and a little dry red wine. Let it sit for 5 minutes before you return it to the burner. BTW, I agree with other posters, use canned, whole tomatos, they break up easilly when they're cooked.

Second, do not drain the grease until the end. Don't stir the sauce the final 10 minutes of cooking. The grease will rise to the top and can be drained then. This really does a good job of blending the flavors.
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Old 04-18-2006, 07:45 AM   #84
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The best sauce I have tasted has been from Bragazzis based in the north of England (Sheffield). Not been up there is a while, but my sister says that they are going on-line soon and they share alot of recipe secrets with there customers. Friendly people!

I think the plan is to do the same on-line. Beatutiful ingredients which are hard to find else where.


P.s Let me know what you think! By the way I am an Italian...and I have not tasted better in Italy.
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Old 04-18-2006, 09:29 AM   #85
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red sauce I either start with Italian San Marzanno Tomatoes, or if in a real hurry, a jar of classico tomato basil (because it is easily doctored up)

But other sauces always from scratch
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Old 06-04-2006, 02:04 AM   #86
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wow! i had no idea that their was so many different ideas for making tomato pasta sauce. i reckon you could just about eat every night for a year and have a different meal each time!!
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Old 06-04-2006, 10:33 AM   #87
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Don't know how I missed this first time around - so very interesting and so full of great ideas. . . .Thanks for bringing it back around Little Miss J - Glenda
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Old 06-07-2006, 10:49 AM   #88
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I am camped out for the month at at state park in Wisconsin as the volunteer host. Last night I was searching the fridge for supper since it was just me and I was tired of roasted meats. I found a left over sauce I had cooked sausages in and turned it into spaghetti sauce. Here's what it was.
Two cans of tomatoes, not drained
One bunch of cilantro, coarsely sliced
Two scallions diced
one red onion cut into slices
One small jalapeno pepper, seeds removed
4 sweet Italian sausages
One large green pepper sliced
Place all ingredients into a Dutch Oven over camp fire for several hours or simmer on stove top until ingredients soften into each other.
Spoon out a portion of the juice and thicken with flour, return the thickened portion and stir.
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Old 06-07-2006, 11:29 AM   #89
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If you choose to use store-bought tomatoes let me suggest Poma Brand.

They are Italian. the come in a box, they are expensive (or at least cost more then those in a can- good enough reason to use them in my book) and they have a great flavor.

Garlic- go easy on the heat and it will not burn. Yes, you can do the onions and the garlic at the same time--- go slow... this action flavors the EVOO and adds to the richness of your suace.

Basil- fresh- added last- no real "cooking" required.
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Old 07-22-2006, 01:56 AM   #90
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I think you should add about fifteen more spices. When I was younger and made the BEST SAUCE ever one time, (really, everyone loved it and I still remember the taste) I just added everything in my mothers spice rack, in huge amounts, plus a bunch of herbs. Oh, and way more red wine than my mother would have liked. I made that whole recipe by sneaking things in while I pretended to "watch" the pot. I suggest you get creative. Pretend to be Emerald and spice it up. Oh, and add some vodka or wine. Tomatoes can't get their full flavornoids or whatever out until cooked with alchohol.

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