All of my housemates can vouch for my hatred of jarred tomato sauce. Never have I ever eaten jarred sauce and I probably never will. Salsa is probably the only sauce like mixture I will eat out of a jar and that is probably stretching the term sauce a little too far! Tonight for dinner I am making whole wheat spaghetti with tomato sauce.
In a medium pot sautee two chopped cloves of garlic in two tablespoons of oil on low heat. Only about three minutes, be careful not to burn! Then add diced onion, tonight I used about a 1/4 of a medium sized onion. Stir and let simmer until onions are transparent. (Note to my readers: my mother would like you all to know I did this wrong. You’re supposed to sautee the onions first then add the garlic. I haven’t burned my garlic my way though!) Then add one can of crushed tomatoes and stir. Next, dried basil, oregano and parsley. This is definitely where personal taste preference comes in. I used about a tablespoon of basil, tablespoon of parsley and half tablespoon of oregano. Oregano is my least favorite of the three. I also add fresh basil and then let the sauce simmer on low for at least an hour. My oven/stove at school is awful and gets entirely too hot. I leave the pot partially covered with a lid so no one gets splattered on.
I planned on making mini strawberry shortcakes for dessert, but when I got home from the food store I realized I forget whipped cream. I suddenly had the “brilliant” idea to make my own. A cup of cream and a tablespoon of sugar, easy right? WRONG I usually only buy light cream and I quickly realized why heavy cream would have been better. I also thought using a whisk would work just fine…wrong again. I gave it one last attempt and used an electric mixer. I failed again. As I’m frantically trying to whip the cream & sugar Mike walks in. He tells me I’m crazy, “Alyss you can buy whipped cream why would you make it?!” I was about to say “You like whipped cream! That’s why I’m making it!” And then I realized Mike doesn’t like strawberries to begin with! Looks like I’ll just be having plain strawberries for dessert.