11 July, 2011

Menu: Cool Summer Supper


Seasonal Fresh Fruit Assortment
(Berries, Peaches, Melons, Seedless Grapes)

Dromedary Date Nut Bread (try this) with Softened Cream Cheese

Iced Tea

Homemade Ice Cream

04 July, 2011

2-Day Nina Tomato Sauce

I'm accustomed to planning ahead for this recipe because I think tomato sauces and soups taste better the second day. I've always wanted to cook with San Marzano tomatoes, but had found them expensive for the large quantities intended. 

  San Marzano tomatoes

When I bought a huge can, I was unaware of controversies about the authenticity of San Marzanos, and did not look for DOP ("Denominazione d'Origine Protetta") on the label. Whether the tomatoes were grown in Italy or California, I'm pleased with the results and terrific price. 

Big can at Costco small price

Nina Tomato Sauce Base ingredients
Makes about 1-gallon
2 tsp McCormick Chicken Base
2 cups boiling water
2 Vidalia onions
Lemon Pepper
Minced garlic
Brown sugar
About 1/4 bottle Chardonnay (best guess 1/2 to 3/4 cup)
106-oz can whole San Marzano Italian Plum Peeled Tomatoes with Puree & Basil (divided use)
2 to 4 frozen whole skinless, boneless chicken breasts
Granulated California garlic
Italian Seasoning
1-1/2 LBS frozen Sweet Italian Sausages

Notes:  I used 1997 Franciscan Oakville Estate Napa Valley Chardonnay at room temperature. On 8/19/11, I used 1997 Beringer Knights Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Appellation Collection. 

One of these days, I'll add celery seed to this sauce for chicken cacciatore (you might like this).