Tasty Tuesday: I Died and Went to Italy

11 Sep

I’m writing today’s post in honor of my friend Selena Robins, who celebrates a birthday today.  I can’t tell you how old she is, only that she’s older than me. (Yuk, yuk.)

She’s also a great cook, and despite her annoying habit of never knowing exactly how many ingredients she uses, she’s introduced me to some very tasty recipes.  I made her Sexy, Sassy Sauce this weekend, and I’ve ever tasted anything so heavenly. Tomato sauce made with real tomatoes — who knew?

I come from a mostly Scottish/Irish heritage with a little French thrown in. My mother and grandmother were very good cooks, but their best recipe for Italian — my grandmother pronounced it ‘Eye – Talian’ — tomato sauce came from the back of a Hunts Tomato Paste can. Apparently my relatives made a lot of Italian Angels weep, because we also used dried herbs and — gasp — sugar.

Believe it or not our sauce was good, but it doesn’t beat Selena’s roasted garlic, roasted tomato, roasted vegetable sauce. Most of Selena’s recipes involve roasting things at 450 degrees. Her kitchen must be very hot.

She also uses fresh basil. You have to wash, dry and chop every leaf, and this goes against my lazy habit of adding dried herbs, but the extra bit of work is definitely worth it. And of course, red wine is a must, both in the sauce and in the wine glass I keep on my kitchen counter, next to the stove.

So thank you, Selena, for this excellent recipe. If you don’t mind, I’ve decided to adopt your sauce-making method  as my own from now on. The Italian Angels can breathe a big sigh of relief.

Selena Robins is the author of What a Girl Wants —   a genre-defying, witty, humorous, suspenseful, romantic and sexy novel from Samhain Publishing.

Visit Selena and other Tasty Tuesday authors for more delicious recipes:

Soups On by Selena Robins

The Allure of Ice by A Catherine Noon

16 Responses to “Tasty Tuesday: I Died and Went to Italy”

  1. Moira Keith September 11, 2012 at 1:29 am #

    Aww… always nice when we can avoid making the angels weep. I must say that Selena’s recipe for sauce did sound quite fabulous when she posted it. And I love fresh herbs, don’t mind the extra work, it’s just usually a matter of what’s on hand and in that instance the dried usually wins out.

    • nancyelizabethlauzon September 11, 2012 at 8:44 am #

      I love fresh herbs too, but I’m often too lazy to use them. There, I said it LOL!

  2. Denise Hansen September 11, 2012 at 7:27 am #

    Where can I access the recipe?

  3. kathleenkaskawrites September 11, 2012 at 8:19 am #

    Yum! With fresh basil, roasted garlic and red wine, you can’t go wrong.

  4. Selena Robins Musings September 11, 2012 at 8:37 am #

    LOL! I’m only a FEW months older, Brat! Thanks for the birthday wishes and for dedicating your blog in my honor today.

    So glad you gave the recipe a try and enjoyed it. What do you mean annoying habit of not giving out exact ingredients? Okay, maybe it is annoying, but, you’re able to follow everything I’ve sent you. Right? So you see, I’m Selenaizing you in the kitchen. LOL

    • nancyelizabethlauzon September 11, 2012 at 8:46 am #

      And I didn’t even call you to ask how many tomatoes! There’s hope for me yet! Happy Birthday, OLD friend =)

      • Selena Robins Musings September 11, 2012 at 8:51 am #

        I’m gonna go all Italian on you if you keep that up. LOL! Thanks, I’m wearing your birthday gift to me tonight. 🙂

        P.S. You FAILED to mention that I don’t dye my hair as of yet. HA HA xxoxox

  5. nancyelizabethlauzon September 11, 2012 at 10:09 am #

    LOL – okay, ya got me there!

  6. 4amWriter September 12, 2012 at 9:14 pm #

    Great sounding recipe. I make my own pasta sauce, too. A family recipe, and we don’t add sugar in ours. I think it tastes so much better unsweetened.

    • nancyelizabethlauzon September 13, 2012 at 7:28 am #

      It’s funny how you get into the habit of cooking something a certain way your whole life, and then when you change it up, the magic happens =)

  7. A. Catherine Noon September 12, 2012 at 10:03 pm #

    Wow! You make me want to go to my kitchen and start cooking right now! Awesome!

    • nancyelizabethlauzon September 13, 2012 at 7:29 am #

      And if your family doesn’t like vegetables, this sauce is a great way to ‘hide’ them =)

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