Thursday, December 25, 2014

Sauce for Everyone!

This past weekend I ran the National Race to End Women's Cancer with a group of my friends. A few months ago, my friend Marissa found out her mom was diagnosed with Ovarian Cancer and we ran on her behalf, raising money for The Clearity Foundation. Coming from a running family, I know the doctrine—night before a big race you must carbo load. So, my roommates and I decided we’d invite everyone over to our apartment for a pasta party. After my great success with the homemade sauce, Saucy Sally was drafted to make the tomato sauce! When I agreed, I didn’t realize this meant cooking for 15 people!! Again erring on the side of too much instead of too little, I tripled the sauce recipe! I have to say it was a group effort with friends chopping onion, carrots, and garlic. When it was time to immersion blend, I cleared the kitchen afraid the sauce would splatter and I’d get sauce all over everyone! Luckily, I kept the blender submerged in the sauce, and it was fine. Also Momma, you will be proud to know that I used the appropriate amount of cayenne pepper!

Sauce for Everyone!

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This past weekend I ran the National Race to End Women's Cancer with a group of my friends. A few months ago, my friend Marissa found out her mom was diagnosed with Ovarian Cancer and we ran on her behalf, raising money for The Clearity Foundation. Coming from a running family, I know the doctrine—night before a big race you must carbo load. So, my roommates and I decided we’d invite everyone over to our apartment for a pasta party. After my great success with the homemade sauce, Saucy Sally was drafted to make the tomato sauce! When I agreed, I didn’t realize this meant cooking for 15 people!! Again erring on the side of too much instead of too little, I tripled the sauce recipe! I have to say it was a group effort with friends chopping onion, carrots, and garlic. When it was time to immersion blend, I cleared the kitchen afraid the sauce would splatter and I’d get sauce all over everyone! Luckily, I kept the blender submerged in the sauce, and it was fine. Also Momma, you will be proud to know that I used the appropriate amount of cayenne pepper!

 

Don’t keep the sauce on low heat when making 3x the recipe—I went to taste midway through and the sauce was cold! I immediately cranked it up to medium to high heat for the last 15 minute of the 30 minute simmer. I think the sauce was a little more watery than the first batch, probably because at low heat the water in the tomatoes didn’t evaporate off as much. Yet, all in all, it was a great success!! My roommates Kat and Sara made delicious garlic bread and our friend Leah brought over a big salad. I think we cooked 3 batches of spaghetti both gluten filled and gluten free.

 

We all completed the 8k, had a great time, and raised money for a good cause!! Thanks momma for the recipe!!

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Maureen Fitzgerald, Inquirer food editor, has been cooking dinner for 30 years. Her blog started with teaching her daughter, but has been continuing for the past two years with school children, this fall with fifth graders from Russell Byers Charter in Phila. The program continues to expand with 32 volunteers teaching 75 children in 15 classes this fall in Phila and Camden, in partnership with the Vetri Foundation for Children.

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