The Basic of Sauces.

Now as a girl from NJ, I can promise you I know a good pizza. Nothing beats the fun of making your own at home. I’ll admit to not always making my own pizza dough but never have I ever nor will I ever use a marinara sauce from a jar.

While I personally tend to like more cheese in proportion to the sauce, the sauce is what can really make or break your pizza. In a sauce pan, I like to start off with a tablespoon of olive oil and let at least two pieces of cracked garlic infuse its way in on medium heat. Once browning begins, turn the heat to a low simmer and add a 6oz can of tomato paste. Fill the can with warm water and add about half of it to the sauce pan. Stir until consistency is smooth and repeat. You’ll need to fill the can once more. Also, add in some basil, oregano, minced garlic if you need more, salt, pepper, and don’t forget to sneak a taste occasionally. If you want a little brightness, add a teaspoon of fresh squeezed lemon juice. MUST BE FRESH. No excuses-I mean it. I have tried from concentrate in there and trust me, ew.

This whole process takes about 7-10 minutes. You want a smooth and shiny consistency of sauce, easy to spread and not too liquid state. I can guarantee you this will make your pizza excellent. I’m also now going to kill two birds with one stone-if you’d like to know what to use for pasta, I recommend a can of crushed tomatoes instead of the paste. Also, up the garlic and olive oil measurements depending on the amount of people you are serving.

So go ahead, try it out and take a bite. Let me know what you think :)

-Owlson

About Me Cliche

I know, I know.  Not the most creative way to start up a blog community, so I promise my following post will focus more on the central topic :Food.

In the middle of a snow storm on this fine Thursday in February, a young woman is kneading pizza dough for a late afternoon snack.  While gazing out at the mystical swirling mists of snowflakes, she smiles softly.  Days like this remind her of just how much she loves food-cooking, baking, smelling tasting, anything of that nature just sparks a little light in her.  There is something so therapeutic about the aroma of fresh herbs that for just one moment, she can relax from her busy schedule.  Something so comforting from a tray of brownies slowly baking its way into her day. 

This love for food isn’t strong enough to become a chef or anything fancy.  I’d rather not pay who knows how much to learn the proper way to peel a carrot.  But other than sharing the food brought to the table, I think maybe I could share something more.  Whether it be recipes or the passion of the average at home cook.  Feel free to message me or comment and share your food, thoughts, and even a few feelings if you have them.  So relax and take a bite.

-Owlson