what i did

i bought four large “homegrown” tomatoes at cherry hill orchards last weekend.

yesterday (i have a co-worker who says “on yesterday”), i sliced them into quarters and roasted them in the oven at 400 degrees for about 20 or so minutes.

the rest went something like this.

  1. put ’em in the fridge so they wouldn’t burn my hands.
  2. peel ’em.
  3. throw ’em in a blender and blend.
  4. dump ’em in a pot and turn on the heat.
  5. add a little bit o’ olive oil.
  6. leave for a while as you attempt to fax a document at your neighbor’s house.
  7. come back (after successfully faxing the document on the third try and after chatting somewhere uncomfortably with your neighbor in his windowless basement office) and find your tomatoes happily bubbling.
  8. add a bunch of dried basil.
  9. discover you don’t have any onions and say, “oh, crumb.”
  10. add some onion flakes.
  11. add* salt and pepper and thyme and a teeny bit of oregano and sugar and a teeny bit of garlic powder and more basil. (*the adding did not necessarily happen all at once or even just once for some of the ingredients.)
  12. let the sauce keep on cooking.
  13. in a separate pan, cook up some ground turkey.
  14. add the turkey to the sauce.
  15. boil water.
  16. add whole wheat linguine. (because you had whole wheat linguine in your cupboard but no onion. go figure.)
  17. cook and drain linguine.
  18. let the sauce keep on cooking on the other burner. on low by this time.
  19. run to the store for some french bread.
  20. mix together freshly minced garlic, butter and some salt (or garlic salt if you’re afraid that you didn’t have enough fresh garlic).
  21. turn on the stove to 325 degrees.
  22. slice the bread and spread on the magical butter mixture.
  23. put the bread in the preheated oven long enough for the butter to melt and seep into the bread.
  24. turn the oven to broil.
  25. take the bread out as soon as it’s brown and toasty enough for your liking.
  26. to kill time because your husband isn’t home from work yet, dip the toasty garlicky goodness into the bubbling sauce.
  27. die and go to heaven.
  28. come back to life and to earth because you still need to try the linguine and sauce together.
  29. pat yourself on the back because it was all pretty decent.
  30. wonder how it would have turned out if you’d had a recipe to follow.
  31. promise yourself that tomorrow you will eat more vegetables.


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One Response to what i did

  1. Carol Schiess says:

    Delicious, ambitious, especially the writing of it.


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