I must say though, yesterday was absolutely amazing to me. Even in our small town I have never seen such a turn out for voting. Usually I am one of maybe a dozen people at the polls – that includes the judges. When I went to vote yesterday there were people all over, some precincts had long lines. People in wheelchairs, on walkers, young people, and older Americans were all there to vote. It made me smile. No matter which candidate was your candidate it was a historic event. One day when our grandchildren ask about it we will all be able to say we witnessed and were part of a historical event. What a concept!
After voting I went to see The Secret Life of Bees. I read the book when it first came out and loved it. I heard the movie was good, but I wasn't holding out much hope. To me movies are never as good as the book. This one - OUTSTANDING! I really enjoyed it. I cried. Not just a few tears. Yes, that's right - full blown ugly cry. Dakota Fanning is amazing. Queen Latifah is too!
The cold war still rages on at our house. Thankfully it has been up in the 70’s since last Saturday, so the house is warm. We’ll see what happens when it gets cold again.
I really HATE winter laundry. I usually do laundry on Sundays. I couldn’t, for the life of me, figure out why I had so much more laundry than usual last Sunday. I was still working on it on Monday. It is because of all the sweatshirts and extra clothes. It’s back to Wednesday and Sunday laundry for me. That’s the only way I don’t have to spend the entire Sunday in the laundry room. Ick!
For the first time in six years BB and I have decided to go back to Chicago for Thanksgiving. Two of my brothers are still there and we are going to go visit them for the long weekend. I can’t wait!!
BB was supposed to tell his mom. On the phone the other night she asked me what I wanted to make for Thanksgiving. It was a quiet moment after I finally told her that we wouldn’t be there. Why does he always do this to me? Now I am the bad guy. Moving on...
Several of you have asked for the sauce recipe. To be honest there isn’t really a recipe. When I cook, not when I bake, but when I cook I have a habit of looking at several recipes and then taking what I like from each recipe and making my own. For the sauce recipe I just have a list of ingredients that I complied from about half a dozen other recipes. Here’s what I do:
2 large onions
Large package of fresh button mushrooms
Garlic (10 cloves chopped fine) Sometimes more or less it depends on the garlic.
2 28oz cans whole tomatoes
2 14oz cans crushed tomatoes
1 14oz can tomato paste
2 cups water (I just fill the tomato paste can with water twice)
Salt (to taste)
Pepper (to taste)
3 Bay leaves
Cubano pepper or red pepper flakes (I guess about a little more than a teaspoon)
I dice up the onions and then I dice up as many carrots and green peppers to equal the amount of onions. I usually end up with a bit more than two cups of each vegetable.
Olive oil – I guess about 4 tablespoons, again I don’t measure. It depends on how many vegetables.
Sauté the onions, green peppers, and carrots until the onions and carrots are soft. Add the mushrooms and garlic – simmer until the mushrooms are soft. Add the tomatoes and tomato paste. I squish up the whole tomatoes as I add them and I take out the stem end. I was told a long time ago they could make your sauce bitter. Add the water.
I add the salt, both peppers, and bay leaves. Let it all simmer for a while. If after simmering the sauce tastes bitter I may add a little sugar to cut the acid of the tomatoes. NOT MUCH! Maybe two tablespoons.
Chop up the Italian parsley and add that. Simmer until the sauce thickens.
Chop up a large hunk of basil. Add that last.
Let everything simmer a little longer. Then I remove the bay leaves. I use a hand blender to chop up all of the veggies to make a smooth marinara.