Roasted Tomato Sauce with Mini Meatballs

Roasted Tomato Sauce with Mini Meatballs

Every few months I crave the favorite classic—spaghetti and meatballs.

Sometimes I'll make the sauce from scratch depending on what kind of jarred sauce is on sale. If I do make it myself, I will usually opt for for using canned San Marzano tomatoes but since we are in the middle of tomato season, I was hankering for something fresh and truly from scratch. 

The last time I made tomato sauce from raw tomatoes was almost exactly two (!) years ago. That was a delicious sauce but for some reason this one was even tastier. I used almost the exact same recipe, but with a few changes.

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Tomato and Basil Frittata

Tomato and Basil Frittata

Breakfast for dinner, anyone?

Sometimes eggs don't agree with me in the morning so I am perfectly happy to eat them at a later time in the day. This time, I found that the addition of slow-roasted tomatoes helped cut down the taste and texture of the eggs and I even found myself reaching for seconds. Either that or I was really hungry post-photographing this frittata. 

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Panzanella Salad

Panzanella Salad

This salad is a celebration of two things—heirloom tomatoes and homemade croutons.

Davis is in the heart of tomato growing country, so for the whole month of August you'll see what I call "tomato turns" or what happens when tomato trucks take a turn onto or off of the freeway too fast and tomatoes fall out. There is a particular section on the ramp on 113 North that is notorious for being covered in very sad smashed tomatoes. That's how I know we're in the thick of tomato season and that they should be gobbled up until they are no longer in season.

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Pane Bianco Star Bread

Pane Bianco Star Bread

Dear King Arthur Flour, I've unintentionally accomplished two of your BakeAlong challenges in one go. 

The first time I made a star-shaped bread was with a few Hapkido friends about a year and a half ago. It was at the beginning of summer when the weather was quickly turning too warm to make bread but we were determined. Straight out of the oven, it was gushing Nutella, pillowy, chocolatey and mmm, mmm, mmm. It is definitely on my list of things to remake (as soon as I clear out more sweets). But who knows, I keep telling myself that almost every week before I make something new.

Since the holidays were only a few weeks prior to when I made this at the beginning of January, I decided to go for a more savory option. As is usual in the KBC kitchen, I was of course, trying to use up something. This time it was sun-dried tomatoes which I have been meaning to incorporate into bread for a while now. As is also usual, I was running about a hundred different scenarios of how this bread could be. Would it be a pizza? Something kind of like a savory babka or other loaf-type bread? And what other accompaniments? Meat? Cheese? Herbs? etc etc... Sometimes this goes on too long so I just have to decide on something. Other times, I finally decide on something only to change my mind and go in a completely different direction.  

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Oven Roasted Tomato Sauce

Oven Roasted Tomato Sauce

Tomato sauce is like chicken broth—one of those food things that I avoided making for a long time because the process looked too intimidating to even try.

I would go out of my way to make my own bread or macarons but tomato sauce was on a whole different spectrum of homemade.

After receiving Lidia's Favorite Recipes from Popo a few Christmases ago, I decided I would tackle tomato sauce once and for all. However, this was always with canned San Marzano tomatoes and never with fresh tomatoes. So, for several years, that's what my homemade tomato sauce was made of with the occasional jarred sauce when I was truly lazy or desperate. 

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Ricotta Toasts + 3 Toppings

Ricotta Toasts + 3 Toppings

Sometimes I gravitate towards certain foods and I will repeatedly eat them for weeks on end.

There was a length of time when my lunch of choice was ricotta cheese and roasted red peppers wrapped in a tortilla; part wrap and part burrito. It was easy, required very few ingredients and was perfect when my school schedule was tight. Those were the days when I'd work from 9am - 1pm, bike quickly back to my apartment even though it always took 15 minutes, take Gus out, throw my lunch together, and bike back towards campus. Eating lunch before class started was the way to go and that tortilla wrap satisfied my 2pm lunch cravings. 

But this is not that wrap/sandwich. In fact, I haven't had that wrap/sandwich in over a year and a half but sometimes it will pop in my head. I'll think about that fluffy ricotta with a sprinkle of salt and freshly ground pepper and the chew of the tortilla. I remember roasting those red bell peppers and setting off the smoke alarm about 3 times in a row causing the neighbors to open their screen door and glare at me through the gate that separates our apartments. Sorry, sorry for sensitive smoke alarms! 

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