Saturday, August 27, 2011

Fresh Tomato Sauce

We have so many red tomatoes in our vege garden that they're going to go to waste so mom decided to fill a basket and make fresh tomato sauce! 
 They're having a boiling hot bath so their skins will split and mom can remove them. 
 Now we just have to wait for them to cool and off come those skins. 

Some people just chuck the whole tomato in a blender. They don't mind the skins and seeds but mom isn't a big fan of the skin in her fresh sauce.
 All set to make the sauce. 
We sauteed about 1/4 of an onion in olive oil till it was nice and then added our tomatoe paste.
 Now to squish the tomatoes and add to the paste-onion mixture.
We added some salt and pepper and sugar and Italian seasonings.
It's beginning to smell delicious!
Time for dindin!

Mom and dad finally got the windows in on our project!  We are praying that Irene is kind to us!

We are crossing our paws that all of our friends in Irene's way will be safe!

So until next time..............

Love ya lots,
Maggie and Mitch


  1. Hi Maggie and Mitch!! Wow that tomato sauce looks amazing, we bet that is so much more tasty than the shop bought sauce. Your project looks fabulous, it's bigger than our whole house we think :-) Have a great weekend whatever you get up to, Love and licks Dex and Lou xxx

  2. Your tomato sauce looks yummy! Our poor tomato plants only have 2 tiny tomatoes on them!

    We hope Irene is nice to you too! It would be a shame to have damage to your nice, new windows!

    We hope you have a happy weekend!

    Penny & Patches

  3. This is a delicious tomato sauce!
    We keep our fingers crossed that the hurricane is nice to the new window

  4. Wowie...your tomatoe sauce look daleicious!

    We have all our paws crossed here that Irene does not come your way.

    Make sure you stay safe!

    Extra Big Nose Pokes
    The Thugletsx

  5. Oh, how we bet that sauce was super delicious!!!

    We know you are in the line of Irene - please stay safe and hope there is no damage.

    Woos ~ Phantom, Thunder, Ciara, and Lightning

  6. Fresh homemade tomato sauce, yum! Hubby made salsa and tomato juice from ours. Last year we didn't have a lot of tomatoes, but this year we're inundated. Thinking of you and hoping Irene loses her power before she reaches you.

  7. OOOOhhhhhh are those tomatoes BEAUTIFUL!!!! and that sauce, oh I can almost smell it! It really looks good on pasta. I am hungry now! I'll be right over! BOL

    I think your new windows look great. I hope that you and yours are safe from Irene too.

    Woos, Tessa

  8. Woof! Woof! Oh Oh Tasty. Make sure to add this pot link to our Tasty Tuesday Blog Hop this coming 8/30.
    My mom loves pasta sauce.
    Any ?'s in regards to the Tasty Tuesday just send us an email. Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar

  9. That sauce looks yummy!


  10. Mmmmm tomato sauce from the garden, nothing better. We are about 1 week away from destroying our kitchen, with dad's tomato soup making!
    It's so worth the mess!
    Stay safe over there,

    Wyatt and Stanzie

  11. We've been thinking about you as we watch the storm coverage. Stay safe and enjoy that wonderful looking sauce.
    Sue and the Pack

  12. We hope Irene is just a rain storm by the time she reaches you, and you can just sit inside and eat yummy pasta with fresh sauce and relax!!

    -Gizmo, Bart and Ruby

  13. Your making me drool!

    I pray that Irene is kind to you & all the people in her path.

    Nubbin wiggles,

  14. Beautiful sauce! A wee bit envious of your tomato crop. We are lacking in decent rainfall this year for ours to have flourished as well. Hoping Irene leaves you alone!

  15. Maggie and're doing one of mom's dream!! Get fresh tomato and make home made sauce sounds wonderful!!!

    Hope Irene won't do anything bad to you and our friends. Paws crossed.

    Momo & Pinot

  16. Sauce! My favorite! Looks delicious. Hope Irene does not make a huge mess in your area. We are thinking of you. xoxo

  17. Hopefully Irene will miss you. We just heard on the news that she's in NC. Good luck.

    We think you should take your extra tomatoes to the Pet Shop and barter for some treats or toys....just an idea.

    XXXOOO Daisy, Kendra & Bella

  18. The sause looks really great!!! Your project is beautiful! We hope the storm doesn't hit bypassed us completely although the news does say it is raining's not!! At least not where we live!! Lots of love, Debbie & Holly

  19. Those tomatoes look out-of-this-world! We are praying that everybody stays safe and Irene comes no where near you guys!!

    Stay Safe,


  20. oh my gosh m & m!
    our mouth are watering over here!
    your tomatoes and sauce are amazing!!!!
    we so hope the storm does not hit you!
    we will keep checking in!

  21. Hi Maggie and Mitch!!! we still have of the few places in connecticut and hopefully it will stay that way. Just checking in and up with you. Hope you are all battened down and enjoying your tomato sauce!! mmmmmgood. we have a friend, kerry that eats all her mom's tomatoes off the vine before she gets the chance to make much more then a sandwich. they have built the garden up and put a fence around...she still manages to nab one or two! :O/

    theBUSTER, Ms.Persephone, Ms. Blue and grrrracie the grrreat

  22. Ciao Amici!I'm happy you are safe after reading about the frontline danger!Anyway,in Italia we have a culture of tomato sauce (salsa),my human's family made it every year around the end of agoust(more mature tomatoes the better).My human's dad and her used a quintal of tomatos for salsa, they get around 100 bottles each of with a litre of salsa inside.In Italia sells lot of stuff to make salsa, like machines to squash tomatoes and divide the juice from the peels,then you cook the tomato juice in a really big pot (without nothing else) always stiring the salsa.After a hour you can pour the salsa in the bottles with two or three leaves of fresh basil inside before the pouring.To keep salsa bottles for a year or more you can choose two ways: boil the bottles in a giant barril for some time with lot of hot water, or as we prefer(giant barril and gas to make hot water need more space), put each bottle still hot all wrapped in pieces of clothes and let them rest in a box, in a dark and fresh place without moving them.After three or four days the bottles are ready for storage, they are now "macum jar" (found in dictionary,it's difficoult for me to explain but they become just like vacum bottles that when opened you hear that particoular sound).Then you can use this salsa for making pasta and other good recipes,and opened can stay a week in the fridge with no problem.Also if the tomatoes are already cooked,for a good plate of "sugo" the more you let salsa goes the better the sugo is (tradititional neapolitan ragù for exemple or the bolognese cook almost for 4 hours).With the salsa you can add meat or fish or vegetables and make every day a different kind of delicious recipe.I like the pasta al sugo a lot!Maybe you already know how to make salsa, but as an Italian dog I can't resist talking about one of our most popoular food!Buon appetito!

  23. We are crossing our paws with you, Maggie and Mitch.
    Yum, tomato sauce to turn everything into delicious dish.
    We're so sorry that we didn't visit you a long while, we miss you so much.
    We're back, will follow you around!

  24. That tomato sauce looks INCREDIBLE!
    Hope you all are safe after the storm!

  25. Mmmmmm that tomato sauce looks Dalicious! Yummy.

    We hope Irene wasn't a problem for you. She came and went for problems.

    The project is looking really good!

  26. Are y'all OK?????

    OH... thanks for recipe. We love tomato stuff.

    Aroo, Stu

  27. Oh my dog! That tomato sauce looks yummy! You lucky dogs!


  28. Hi Sue and Pups,
    I surely hope you guys are alright and Irene was kind to you all!!!! I see TV and it shows so much devastation up your way I worry!!!!
    xx, Fern

  29. Oh dear, Irene's getting close your place? Be safe kids, I'm hoping that she's gone now. Blessing wherever Irene may cross..

  30. I hope all has gone well with you as Irene passes. Nature shows us humans her power, doesn't she? Good luck!

  31. Hi Maggie and Mitch, we're catching up so we're sorry that we're so late. Oh boy, my dad got instant growlies in his tummy when he saw your mom's sauce. He went off to grab some wine and reggiano cheese (it's the closest he can get to tomato sauce right now). Nothing beats fresh tomato sauce on good Italian pasta with fresh basil.

  32. Tomato sauce looks delicious as do your new windows-nicely done!