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Garlic and Basil Tomato Sauce Recipe Recipe

My husband Lulu planted 19 types of tomato plants and we're picking more tomatoes than we can possibly eat. It took Lulu and his youngest sister almost 2 hours to pick 11 pounds of Sungold, Sweet Million and San Marzano tomatoes. They also brought in 4 very flavorful red onions. If you know me, you know I hate when food goes to waste, so I made tomato sauce out of necessity. 

I got the girls involved and asked them to stem and cut the tomatoes and onions. It didn't take much effort, especially with the help of my strong, toned and muscular (since they've become my morning workout buddies) sisters-in-law. It doesn't take many ingredients to make a delicious thick tomato sauce. I used exactly 7; tomatoes of course, garlic, red onions, fresh thyme, basil, salt and Bhut Jolokia Ghost Pepper Sauce that I received from my friend JD Cowles (check out my product review) at All Spice Cafe. I deep-fried large morsels of fresh garlic, caramelized the onions and stewed the tomatoes for 1½ hours. I haven't tried canning tomato sauce yet because of a fear of botulism, but this time it wasn't even necessary since all the tomato sauce was so good it was gone after two meals!


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Pasta Primavera Recipe Recipe

Pasta Primavera Recipe

07.17.12 by Jackie

What makes this pasta primavera so flavorful is that the vegetables are roasted, so their natural sweetness bursts and they remain the main focus of the dish. I cooked onions, zucchini and summer squash until they caramelized, then added a variety of colorful tomatoes. I boiled some spaghetti on the side and as soon as it was cooked, I tossed the pasta with the roasted vegetables and topped it off with a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese.

You could prepare this dish with any kind of vegetable or herb, but I just used what was ripe in our garden. And it tasted fantastic! Who ever said healthy and tasty couldn't go hand in hand?


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Spaghetti in Spicy Tomato Sauce Recipe

Spaghetti in Spicy Tomato Sauce

02.17.11 by Jackie

I'm not a professional cook and I always appreciate learning something new. Recently, I posted a recipe for cacio e pepe, and one of the readers, Julio, told me I wasn't making it the right way. I decided to follow Julio's instructions on how to cook the spaghetti. The preparation was very simple: the pasta was cooked al dente and grated cheese and pasta water were added. I sprinkled a little freshly cracked pepper. To add a little twist, this time I topped the pasta with a spicy tomato and eggplant sauce.

The results were spectacular. Thank you so much, Julio for your much needed piece of advice! The sauce is optional but I think it makes a complete meal, and adds a little heat that lingers plus a kick just at the end. Perfecto!


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Cacio E Pepe Recipe Recipe

Cacio E Pepe Recipe

02.02.11 by Jackie

When it comes to pasta dishes, Romans are experts. With only a few ingredients, they are able to produce incredible creations. Cacio e pepe is a perfect example. Spaghetti is tossed in a simple, creamy Pecorino Romano and black pepper sauce. The level of flavor achieved with only a handful of ingredients is mind-boggling.

My husband Lulu and I recently took a very romantic trip to Rome, Italy, so I thought it would be nice to share some pictures. The city is very small (a few square miles) and I felt like we walked every square inch. The upside is that we were able to try a lot of restaurants all over the city. We discovered a lovely one called Mario's, located on a small street behind the Roman Ruins. It doesn't attract a lot of tourists because of its off-the-beaten-path location, but we noticed a lot of locals. We were so impressed by the quality of the food that after trying several other average restaurants, we ended up eating at Mario's for the rest of the trip.

Lulu and I spent only a few days in Rome and then returned to Paris, where I tried to replicate the delicious pasta dish. To make it more luxurious, I added a few pieces of black truffle I found in an open air market. Lulu loved it!

Valentine's Day is coming soon, and if you want to surprise your Valentine with a simple yet delicious dish, you should consider cacio e pepe. If you can’t take your love to Rome this Valentine’s Day, it’s a great way to bring a touch of Rome to your love!

Coliseum Roma Italy Photo


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