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Marinara Sauce May 4, 2011

Filed under: Comfort Food,Pasta,The Basics,Vegetarian,What's for Dinner? — alaskafoodmom @ 5:57 am
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Homemade marinara sauce is very easy to prepare and can be made on the weekend to store in the freezer for use later.  This is a basic recipe and can certainly have other ingredients added according to preference.   Some additional ingredient ideas would be red peppers, zucchini, mushrooms, shredded carrot, sun dried tomatoes, roasted garlic, capers, and/or kalamata olives.

6 medium sized onions

1 cup extra virgin olive oil

4 – 32oz cans whole peeled tomatoes

1 large container fresh basil

1 head garlic

2 tablespoons dried oregano

2 tablespoons sugar

Salt and pepper to taste

In a large stockpot, heat up olive oil over medium heat.  Add chopped onions and cook until translucent.  In a blender, mix together the whole tomatoes with peeled whole garlic and basil leaves.  Blend until just mixed together.  Add to stockpot with dried oregano, sugar, salt and pepper to taste.  Simmer on medium low heat for about 30 minutes.  Transfer sauce to prepared containers and allow to cool to room temperature before storing in the freezer.


How to Make Perfect White Rice

Filed under: Comfort Food,The Basics,What's for Dinner? — alaskafoodmom @ 5:51 am
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Basic white rice sounds like such a simple thing, yet so many home cooks seem perplexed on how to achieve the perfect pot of white rice.  You don’t need to spend money on expensive rice cookers; all you need is a sauce pan with a tight lid.

In a medium sauce pan:

1 ¾ cup water
½ teaspoon kosher salt
1 cup white rice (jasmine or other long grain rice)

Bring water and salt to a boil in a medium sauce pan.  Stir the rice into the water to break up any clumps.  Reduce heat to medium low, cover pot, and set the timer to 10 minutes.  Do not be tempted to check the rice by picking up the lid.  Perfect rice is cooked by both a boiling and steaming method.  Once the timer goes off, turn the heat off of the stove and leave the pot on the burner for a minimum of 10 minutes to finish steaming.  Fluff with a fork to finish.  This method also works well with flavored rice you may purchase from the store such as Uncle Ben’s Wild Rice and Rice a Roni.