Hi everyone and please click on the title of this post to read more. I am so sick! I have almost no hearing in my left ear because I forgot to take a decongestant. You see, growing up, we were never given medicine unless it was something really serious. There was no such thing as a cold medicine or decongestant in our house. As an adult, it rarely occurs to me to take something until I am really sick because it was not ingrained in me, or until my husband says, “why didn’t you take anything???”.
Not taking medicine that can truly help my cold symptoms causes me and my family a lot of suffering, relatively speaking. I have no energy, the house gets messier than it usually is (and trust me, it’s pretty messy) and I make my husband miserable with my constant complaining and requests (more like demands) to completely take over the SECOND, and I mean the second, he gets home.
On the rare occasions when I do remember to take meds, my illnesses are so much more tolerable and shorter in duration.
Is this not like many of us out there who did not have a cooking model in their childhood? If there was little or no cooking around us, we would not necessarily have the desire , ability or wherewithal to plan in advance, leaving us left in the lurch at dinnertime. When we take the time to remember or plan, our lives seem so much less stressful and organized.
Well, here is a recipe that will not leave you in a bind and that will perhaps inspire you to plan ahead and buy these ingredients in advance once you realize how quick and easy it really can be with so few ingredients.
Savory Pasta Sauce for Two (or double it):
1 pint grape tomatoes, crushed with a fork or cuisinart with seeds drained out if desired (leaving the seeds in makes it a little tangier but good)
2 cups chicken broth
3 cloves crushed garlic
5 grinds of pepper
1 pinch of salt
2 TBS olive oil
2 TBS cream optional
In a medium sauce pan over low-med. flame, heat up olive oil. Add garlic and sautee 2 minutes or so but stirring frequently. Add chicken broth, tomatoes, salt and pepper and simmer for about 40 minutes until mixture is combined and reduced by half, or until it is the thickness that you like. You must stir occasionally. If you are adding cream, add at the end, stir and adjust salt and pepper. Enjoy over pasta!