Back in the Kitchen Again with Items from Our Garden

School started on the 17th. I headed back to my classroom the week prior. ¬†Getting the room ready + lesson plans + first week of school = no cooking for two weeks. Burgers, pb and j sandwiches, easy mac, and eating out don’t count!! But tonight I went back to what I love doing–cooking! And it feels good! Especially cooking next to my husband (thank goodness for fenced in backyards)!

I’m sure I’ve mentioned that Tony, me, and the boys planted our first garden this spring. Well, the tomatoes are starting to get ripe so we decided to make a tomato sauce for pasta. Not as thick as we would have liked, but besides the white wine, olive oil, salt, pepper, garlic, and an onion from my aunt Terri’s garden, everything in the sauce was from our home grown, organic garden!! And it tasted DELISH!

Using my new favorite tool, the alligator, we chopped two of our green peppers and three of Aunt Terri’s onions. Tony sauteed them before adding them to some olive oil, six or seven home-grown tomatoes, garlic, white wine, salt and pepper, and chopped up rosemary, basil, and oregano from our herb garden. We brought it to a boil then covered and simmered for about a half hour.

Meanwhile, we decided to also make pork sausage meatballs with the left over pork sausage from our morning breakfast, biscuits and gravy (a recipe I’ll never reveal!). I added some more basil, a handful of bread crumbs, and an egg before Tony lightly fried them in olive oil. For an after thought of an idea, they were really good!

Penne pasta, topped with meatballs, and homemade tomato sauce made for a great meal. One that Matthew said, “Oooohhh, I don’t like it. It smells really good but looks bad!” Of course, after his first bite he immediately liked it and only ate three servings!

Man, does it feel good to eat something that you grew in your own garden! Rewarding as well as delicious! YUM-O!

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