Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Ok food blogger what are you going to do with all this?

I would like to say that I have a recipe for this, I did my best to keep track of everything, but this was more of a refrigerator cleaning journey again.  It started a couple of weeks ago I was at my favorite produce store again, the vine on tomatoes were on sale, how could I resist the vine on guys they look so inviting fresh and ready to use for... dammit that's right I am the only person at my house that will eat fresh tomatoes.  Ok, here is a plan, set them on the counter until I figure out what to do with them... 4 days......  6 days....  Ok there was nothing left to do but Marinara Sauce now.  Ingredients:

10 old vine on Tomatoes peeled and seeded
2 TBS Olive Oil
1 Carrot coarsely chopped
1 rib Celery coarsely chopped
3 cloves Garlic chopped
2 Shallots chopped
1/2 Red Bell Pepper chopped
6-7 Leaves wilted leftover Basil
  ( I know this is starting to sound great now)
Big Pinch of dried Oregano
1 can of Fire Roasted Tomatoes
1/4 cup dried Mushrooms
some red wine (whatever I didn't drink)
Salt and Pepper to taste

Start by peeling and seeding the tomatoes to do that easily drop them 2 or 3 at a time into boiling water for about 30 seconds then pull them out and the peel comes right off.  The seeds can be a little bitter so I try to get most of them out, cut the tomatoes in half and scrape them into the garbage.  Set the meat of the tomatoes aside.

Heat the olive oil in a sauce pan and add the Carrot, Celery. Shallot and Garlic and cook until softened maybe 15-20 minutes then add the rest of the ingredients.  Cover and cook for a couple of hours while you are doing other stuff, stirring occasionally.  when you think it is done blend it up I used one of my favorite tools the immersion blender puree it all down.  Taste it and see what you need, a little sugar? vinegar?  I don't know you decide.  Finish up the seasonings and you are ready.

As I continue to clean up all blogging leftovers I found a about cup of shrimp in the freezer.  This was going to turn out Ok after all.  I minced some garlic, another 2 cloves (never had too much garlic) and sauteed that with the shrimp, then added spaghetti and enough sauce to toss it all in. 


  1. I cook shrimp with pasta a lot-it's one of my favorite meals. I like that you added vegetables-the celery especially must taste great with it.

  2. Sometimes those refrigerator cleaning experiences result in the best recipes! This one certainly did! Looks excellent, Bryan!
    Happy Easter to you and your family!

  3. Fridge clean out meals are so much fun. They always make me feel like I'm on Top Chef.

  4. I am the same, I pretend I am on Iron Chef and away I go!