Wednesday, March 31, 2004

I'm feeling in a "sharing" mood today, so I figured I'd fill up this post with one of my favorite recipes:

1 tbsp natural peanut butter
1 tbsp Hero brand (only!) raspberry jam
2 pieces of Old World Pugliese bread

Place each piece of bread, flat, on a table.
Using a butter knife, spread the peanut butter on bread slice one.
Using the same knife, spread the raspberry jam on the peanut butter.
Swirl lightly until incorporated.
Place bread slice two on top of the peanut butter, jam & bread mix.
Serve immediately.

Want to know what's so damn funny? Check out this. I know, second day linking to someone else's blog, I am a lazy bastard.

Now, seriously, one of my favorite recipes (and actually one of my own).
Patrick's Sweet & Spicy Pasta Sauce

1 1/2 tbsp olive oil
1 1/4 cups red onion, divided
5 cloves of garlic, divided
1 tsp sea salt
1 14.5oz can of tomato sauce (not flavored)
1 14.5oz can of Gia Russa stewed tomatoes
1 cup fresh tomato (chopped), divided
2 tsp dried basil
1 tsp dried oregano
1/4 tsp of cayenne powder (more, to taste)
2 tbsp honey
3 tbsp fresh basil, roughly chopped
salt to taste

Heat oil in a large frying pan over medium-high heat.
Add 1 cup of the onion, sliced thin & salt, cook until it begins to lightly brown (about 5 minutes). Add 4 cloves of the garlic, sliced thin.
Continue to cook, stirring occasionally, until onions and garlic are dark brown. A bit burnt is even okay.
Remove from heat.

Meanwhile, in another large frying pan (preferably one with a high lip), heat the cans and 1/2 cup of fresh tomato over high heat until it begins to boil. Lower heat to a simmer and continue to cook until reduced 1/3. Note: if you do not have two frying pans, just prepare the onions & garlic first and then set aside in a bowl.

Once tomato sauce has reduced, add the honey, cayenne power & onion/garlic mixture. Stir. Continue to cook, stirring occasionally, for about 10 minutes, or until mixture is chunky and most of the liquid is gone. Add the rest of the tomato, garlic (pressed or minced), onion (chopped) the fresh basil, and salt. Cook for 3 minutes, or until warmed through. Remove from heat or add your al dente pasta.

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