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Old 08-02-2008, 01:22 PM   #16
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Now is a great time of year to make homemade tomato sauce. I don't garden myself, but I have friends that do and they always seem to have too many tomato's.

I make a pretty simple one with fresh tomato, onion, garlic, salt, pepper, and basil. I also like to add crushed red pepper to spice it up a bit. But honestly just let this simmer on the stove, add some water as everything starts to break down and then you can store it in jars to use later in the year. Obviously there are some tricks to canning, but it's not too difficult and you can find info on line.

I also like to make raw tomato sauces in the summer. Kinda like a salsa, but without the jalapeno kick. I use the same ingredients and instead of simmering on the stove just put on pasta and let the heat from the pasta warm it up. It's very refreshing.
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Can you walk me through this one. Do you dice up the tomoato before you put it in the pot? How much of each ingredient.

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Old 08-02-2008, 01:35 PM   #17
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I used to have a yummy fresh salsa recipe and can't locate it. The store brands taste TOO salty for me. Anyone have a good recipe to share?
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Old 08-02-2008, 01:40 PM   #18
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Homemade Pizza - honestly our paper posted you can make homemade pizza faster than take out - that did it, I was hooked - now my recipe has so evolved I dont measure - and buying ingredients at Sam's club (yeast!) I figure I make two large pans of pizza for $5!

1. 2 cup flour
2 Tablespoons yeast (I dont measure, I pour a palm full)
1 cup warm water (now if you want a thicker crust add 1 1/2 cup of warm water)
2 Tablespoons sugar (never measure, just pour from the sugar bowl!)
2 Tablespoons melted butter
(I have added 1/4 corn meal at this point, gives a chewier texture, and I have added dried basil and thyme - if you want to fancy it up)

2. Put it in the kitchen aide blender dough hook, mix, add 1 cup of flour at a time, make sure you pull up from the bottom - till not sticky - maybe 4 more cups - again, I dont really follow a recipe anymore!

3. knead - maybe 4 - 5 to make sure its all blended -

4. put in large buttered bowl (you can substitute olive oil for any of the butter I've listed) cover bowl with syran wrap

5. let rise - maybe 30 - 60 minutes - when its doubled, I take half and roll it out on my cutting board (9by 12 I think) and put it in the cookie sheet (the darker the better! - I spray the pans with Pam) let rise 2nd time - oh I spray the dough with more Pam and cover with syran wrap.. while rising I make the sauce -

Sauce - simple
1 can tomato paste
water (sometimes I add a splash of red wine) to thin to your liking
salt pepper, and spices, basil, rosemary, etc

Mozzerella Cheese, and toppings -

If you let the 2nd rise go too long - you may get bubbles -

I bake at 400 deg for 20 min or until brown and bubbly - I'm sure there are other better recipes out there - but use the fast rising yeast - and you can buy a HUGE bag of it for $5 whereas the stores sell it for $5 for 3 pkgs!
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Old 08-02-2008, 02:41 PM   #19
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I would love the recipe for the marshmallows and the ketchup. If you would be willing to share. OR a website with these recipes? Thanks!
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Old 08-02-2008, 02:48 PM   #20
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I'd love recipes, too, for any of the things that have been mentioned!!
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Old 08-02-2008, 02:56 PM   #21
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But by the time you buy all the ingredients for the marshmallows, pay the electricity to cook the ingredients and the value of your time - how do you justify that against the low cost of a bag of marshmallows which goes for what - $1.00 a bag?
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Old 08-02-2008, 03:23 PM   #22
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I would love the recipe for the marshmallows and the ketchup. If you would be willing to share. OR a website with these recipes? Thanks!

Of course I will share the recipe.....I have gotten so many wonderful recipes from here!!

1 cup cold water
3 envelopes of unflavored gelatin (1/4 oz size)
2 cups sugar
2/3 cup light corn syrup
1/4 tsp salt
2 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup corn starch/potato starch
1/2 cup powdered sugar

Line 13x9x2 metal baking pan with foil and spray with Pam. Pour 1/2 cup of the cold water into mixer bowl and sprinkle gelatin over it. Allow to stand until gelatin absorbs water, at least 15 mts
Combine 2 cups sugar, corn syrup, salt and remaining 1/2 cup of cold water in a saucepan. Stir over medium heat until mixture dissolves. Turn up heat and boil mixture without stirring about 8-10 mts. If you have a candy thermometer, temperature of mixture should reach 240 degrees F. Now, start mixer at low speed and pour hot sugar mixture VERY SLOWLY into the gelatin. Be very careful not to pour hot liquid onto the mixing blades! Turn up the speed to high and continue to beat until mixture turns into thick marshmallow consistency, about 15 mts. Add vanilla and beat into mixture thoroughly. Pour mixture into prepared pan and let stand uncovered for 2-4 hours, until firm. You can smooth out the top with a wet spatula.
Mix starch and sugar. Spread some on your flat work surface and turn over pan onto this. Remove foil from top and dust the top with more sugar-starch. Cut into desired shapes and dust pieces with remaining sugar and starch mixture.
ENJOY!


As for the ketchup, I am still looking for an easy recipe...will let you know when I get one!

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Old 08-02-2008, 03:33 PM   #23
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I always make pizza dough from scratch, in my bread machine. It takes very little time to put the ingredients in the machine and turn it on, and two hours later it's ready to put in the pan and add the toppings. I make enough for two crusts at a time, then freeze one for later. Oh, and I make them with 2/3 whole wheat flour, 1/3 white flour to add a little more nutrition.

I don't make all my bread (I used to) but I do bake some. I like to make rolls, flatbreads, cinnamon buns, etc. rather than plain loaves of bread.

Any baked goods I make, I made from scratch: cookies, muffins, cakes, pies, brownies, etc. Sometimes it would probably be cheaper from a mix, but I like having control of the ingredients that go into the food and I think the taste is much, much better. I certainly don't make these all the time but they are good when I make them!

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Old 08-02-2008, 03:34 PM   #24
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But by the time you buy all the ingredients for the marshmallows, pay the electricity to cook the ingredients and the value of your time - how do you justify that against the low cost of a bag of marshmallows which goes for what - $1.00 a bag?

The marshmallows, for me, were more of a taste issue. They taste sooooooooooo much better than the store bought ones. Marshmallows are not exactly health food either, though they are fat-free
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Old 08-02-2008, 04:19 PM   #25
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I'm showing my ignorance here, but what is HFCS?

And do they have organic gelatin? I was wondering about that recently...
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Old 08-02-2008, 04:22 PM   #26
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I used to have a yummy fresh salsa recipe and can't locate it. The store brands taste TOO salty for me. Anyone have a good recipe to share?
Yesterday my DS(18) called me and said "Mom......you know how you make the world's greatest salsa......?" ( I KNEW I was in trouble.....) I said "yes......"

he said "well Danny thinks HIS Mom's salsa is the best so we are going to have a taste-test" "Can you have it ready tomorrow night so we can swap?"

Needless to say....IT WAS ON!

I basically use tomatoes(seeded and as ripe as I can get 'em)
cilantro
lime juice
onion
garlic
salt&pepper
jalapeno pepper

let macerate(my favorite word.... ) for 30 minutes and serve!
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Old 08-02-2008, 04:40 PM   #27
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I'm showing my ignorance here, but what is HFCS?

And do they have organic gelatin? I was wondering about that recently...
High fructose corn syrup, not sure about organice gelatin, since it is an animal product, could it even be deemed organic?
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Old 08-02-2008, 04:43 PM   #28
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OP, thank you for the marshmallow recipe, sounds yummy.

I don't have an easy ketchup recipe, but wanted to mention that BJ's wholesale carries 2 packs of the big bottles of Heinz organic ketchup. It is a staple in our house.
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Old 08-02-2008, 05:08 PM   #29
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I just made a big crock pot of black beans today, they were yummy...if I say so myself.

Two bags of black beans were 89 cents each at the grocery. Soaked them overnight. Drained this morning and covered with fresh water. Added 2 strips of bacon that were partially cooked to get some of the fat out, and salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion granules, cumin and chili pepper, all to taste.

Cooked on high til they were boiling, then turned to low. I let them cook about 4 to 5 hours, but you really can't over-cook them.

Served with organic brown rice I had from yesterday. Mmmm!

ps...I think the pre-soaking beans overnight reduces whatever it is that causes gas in our digestive tracts??
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Old 08-02-2008, 05:33 PM   #30
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I always make pizza dough from scratch, in my bread machine. It takes very little time to put the ingredients in the machine and turn it on, and two hours later it's ready to put in the pan and add the toppings. I make enough for two crusts at a time, then freeze one for later. Oh, and I make them with 2/3 whole wheat flour, 1/3 white flour to add a little more nutrition.

I don't make all my bread (I used to) but I do bake some. I like to make rolls, flatbreads, cinnamon buns, etc. rather than plain loaves of bread.

Any baked goods I make, I made from scratch: cookies, muffins, cakes, pies, brownies, etc. Sometimes it would probably be cheaper from a mix, but I like having control of the ingredients that go into the food and I think the taste is much, much better. I certainly don't make these all the time but they are good when I make them!

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Can you recommend a good bread machine?
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