fall tomatoes.

October 2, 2012

tomatoes cuttomatoes tomatoesandonions sauce there is a chill in the air but there are still so many tomatoes and you can’t let tomatoes go to waste and so you make sauce.

you do not take the skins off, they are so thin anyway and you can’t be bothered.

you add a tablespoon of butter to your simmering tomatoes and then another.

the sauce comes out orange. there were just so many colors. you are grateful that the blending of so many colors did not make like your nursery school pictures and turn a muddy purple. you realize that wouldn’t have been so bad either. you think about lycopene and how long the winter is and you are grateful to have an orange tomato sauce now.

you take pictures of the sauce after the sun has mostly left the apartment because that is when it is ready and because sometimes life can’t be dictated by picture-taking.

you slurp down the sauce on al dente spaghetti and you grin at your husband. you are thankful. times a million.

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a sort of recipe:

saute a yellow onion and four cloves of garlic in olive oil until they are golden.
add tomatoes, all cut up and still with their juices.
add a healthy dose of sea salt (i add enough to fill my palm) and the same amount of herbs de provence. think of your friends who are there. allow yourself to get lost in provincial reverie. add a tablespoon of sugar.
let the whole mess simmer for an hour or two, or as long as you need to finish whatever else you’re doing.
turn off the burner and let cool for a minute or five. pulse the sauce in a blender and return it to the pan.
add a heart pad of butter and simmer some more. taste. season. eat.
that is it. purists be damned.

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  • Reply clairemaxwell October 2, 2012 at 12:14 pm

    I absolutely love a simple pasta recipe. So comforting. This sounds delicious, your blog brings me so much joy!

  • Reply tinajo October 2, 2012 at 12:24 pm

    That looks just beautiful, I'm sure it tastes the same!

  • Reply Milynn {Love + Whimsy} October 2, 2012 at 12:28 pm

    I thoroughly enjoy reading your sort of recipes šŸ™‚ and making simple, homemade sauces to throw over pasta.

  • Reply Callie Grayson October 2, 2012 at 1:01 pm

    I love tomatoes! And I am doing just this now with all my tomatoes since I have about 100 on my plants. I actually cook my green tomatoes too they male a great refreshing soup!
    Lovely post! That last bit of summer!

  • Reply Alexa October 2, 2012 at 1:32 pm

    so simple, so sweet. thanks for this bit of cheer this morning! šŸ™‚

  • Reply Kate October 2, 2012 at 3:20 pm

    It looks delicious – so colorful and simple! I need to buy a house so I can grow veggies! Store-bought tomatoes have no flavor.


  • Reply Harri Davison October 2, 2012 at 4:00 pm

    Looks and sounds amazing, also easy for the poor uni students like me! x

  • Reply Jessie Ammons October 2, 2012 at 6:12 pm

    I actually like the color! You could add some pureed pumpkin and call it an autumn version …

  • Reply p e b b z October 2, 2012 at 6:13 pm

    they look so yummy =)… loving your autumn inspired posts lately =) xo

    Gina | pebbz notebook

  • Reply Sarah October 2, 2012 at 6:20 pm

    I love it. One of the perks of the lovely transition from Summer to Fall. Enjoying a little bit of both at the same time. =)

    – Sarah

  • Reply nancy October 2, 2012 at 11:42 pm

    sounds deliciously simple!

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  • Reply mollyt October 30, 2012 at 7:43 pm

    Thank you for the beautiful inspiration. My tomatoes are simmering away as I type. I enjoy following your lovely blog. I originally ran across it through an internet article about your small home. While I have significantly more space than you do you (at about 1300 sq) I enjoy reading your advice on small spaces. I have two young children and it seems there is never quite enought space for everything. Thank you for sharing a small part of your life with the world.

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