Sunday, August 19, 2012

Summer Eats

Wow.  Summer has gotten crazy in this household.  I've been exhausted!  Too exhausted to post.  I've thought about it.  A lot.  I've taken lots of pictures but at the end of each day, my energy was all gone.

But I'm back.  I'm back with a food post.  Last weekend when I was helping my baby sister try on wedding dressing (YEAH!), my dad gave me a TON of food from his massive garden.  Among the beauties that I got were these tomatoes.  What do you do with a ton of tomatoes when you're too tired to cook?

You roast them.  You roast them with their friends, onion and garlic.  I roasted these for about 2 hours at 350 degrees.  I then added oregano from the garden and roasted them for another 45 minutes at 425 degrees.  Not a lot of work involved here.  Well, not a lot of work for me, my poor oven on the other hand, I wasn't sure she was going to make it.  She stopped working part way through but I've learned if you hit enough buttons and hold them down long enough, she'll start working again.

After all that time in the oven, they look something like the above picture.  I then threw them in a food processor (skins and all) and blended them until they were nice and smooth.  I put them in a pan and simmered them with 1/2 cup of white wine. That was it for that night.  I put the finished sauce in the refridgerator for the next night's meal.  Before you all decide to give me a "mother of the year" award for making homemade tomato sauce, let me fess up and tell you this:  my son was eating Ramen noodle soup while I was busy being Betty Crocker.  Yeah, go ahead, give me that award now.

The next night I breaded some chicken tenders with Panko breadcrumbs and assembled the meal all together.  It was delicious but I have another confession to make, it appeared my son enjoyed the Ramen noodle soup more.  Kids.