As you all know I was a vegetarian for ten years of my life. Yes, I was in high school and college so maybe I was going through a phase and more than a little confused. But I never forgot how great vegetables can be. Right now my husband is making a barfing gesture. (He doesn’t want to admit it but I make him eat a lot of vegetables and he likes them!)
I’m not going to lie to you. I am one of those purists who believes in always making her own homemade tomato sauce. I swear my method is very easy!
Seriously. Preheat your over to 350 degrees, grab a glass of wine, and toss the following into a Pyrex dish:
3 Pints of Cherry/Grape Tomatoes
4 Cloves of Garlic
1 TBSP Salt
1 TBSP Pepper
1/3 Onion, Coarsely chopped
1/2 Cup Water
1/2 Cup Red Wine (Optional, if you don’t want the “depth of flavor” just throw in a whole cup of water)
*This is just a basic tomato sauce. Given my mood I may add some crushed red pepper or coarsely chopped red peppers. Or pre-blender/immersion blender I may add a TBSP of cream cheese or Marscapone cheese and really get crazy with it!)
After about 30-40 minutes that is what you have. Beautiful! Once this has cooled down add a bunch of fresh basil leaves and a bunch of fresh parsley leaves. Then throw the whole thing in a blender and blend away!
Back story: My husband coaches high school football and decided it would be a great idea to pick up a pre-game treat for his players. His idea was….. BANANAS! Seriously? So, it’s game day and I go to leave and get into my car and see three bags full of bunches of bananas sitting on our back steps. Somebody forgot their pre-game treats. I thought, “What in God’s name am I going to do with 24 bananas?”
3 1/2 Cups of Flour
1 TSP Baking Soda
1 TSP Baking Powder
1 TSP Salt
1 1/2 Cups of Sugar
1 Cup (2 sticks) Unsalted Butter, at Room Temperature
2 Large Eggs
1/3 Cup Milk
1 TSP Vinegar
3 Large Bananas, mashed
2 Cups Chopped Walnuts
Combine all dry ingredients and whisk together to make sure all the ingredients are evenly incorporated. Once all dry ingredients are mixed, add the walnuts. Mixing the walnuts in with the dry ingredients prevents them from sinking to the bottom of the bread. In another bowl combine all of your wet ingredients. Create a well in the middle of the dry ingredients. Add the wet ingredients, butter, and the mashed bananas. Using a hand mixer, mix until smooth.
Grease/Butter up two loaf pans. Pour the batter into the two pans. Bake at 325 degrees for an hour and ten minutes.