Saturday, June 12, 2010

Basic bright red tomato sauce

This is my go-to tomato sauce for so many reasons. So easy and so delicious, you'll have a tasty, healthy meal put together in no time.  It's a simple recipe with basic ingredients that work really well together to let all the flavors shine through.  Ideal for pastas, thin-crust pizzas, lasagnas, and grilled fish, this light and lively tomato sauce is perfect for a summer meal.
Perfect in its simplicity, this sauce stands strong on its own.  But, if you choose to, you can jazz it up in a million different ways.  For a more sophisticated sauce, add some roasted red peppers and balsamic vinegar.  Toss in some onions, capers, olives, and/or anchovies for a Mediterranean flair.  Add lemon zest for an unexpected boost in flavor or cinnamon and nutmeg for a spiced tomato sauce.  The possibilities are endless, I'd love to hear of any sauce traditions that you have or any new additions that you may come up with.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Orange strawberry sorbet

June is here and what better time to break out the ice cream maker (one purchase that hasn't left me guilt-stricken with buyer's remorse).  It is so rewarding making homemade ice cream--it doesn't take all that much effort and there is none of those added ingredients that you can't pronounce in your frozen dessert.
If you don't have an ice cream maker, I think it's a must purchase.  You can get a decent one for under $50 and you're on your way to homemade frozen deliciousness all summer.  Making sorbet is great too, especially if you nix the sugar and use honey, you're left with a delectable summer treat that is actually healthy! Sorbet, different than sherbet which is made with milk or cream and sometimes eggs, has a light, refreshing taste and a smooth, slightly icy consistency.