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Savory roasted tomato sauce, in under 1 hour

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Out here in the Northwest we’ve had a hot hot summer. Which has led to a bountiful tomato season. It’s not usually this easy to grow tomatoes out here in Portland, the summer light is intense but often short lived. This year’s summer started in March, it has been a major treat for us grey sky dwellers.

Friends are pawning pounds & pounds of tomatoes on me this week,  here is my way of using up some of those souvenirs of summer.

This is not your grandpa’s tomato sauce. Though I love the smell of simmering sauce all day long, the stirring and the dipping that all comes with making incredible homemade tomato sauce. I had a ton of tomatoes to use up and not a lot of time at home. So here is an easy breezy tomato sauce.

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Savory roasted tomato sauce

This recipe makes a pint of sauce

I filled up a baking sheet with this many tomatoes

11 medium san marzano (or romas)

2 small green/underripe tomatoes

3 small heirlooms

5 cloves garlic, peeled

6 inch sprig of fresh rosemary

1/2 teaspoon of sea salt

1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

Preheat the over to 400. Rinse all tomatoes and cut just in half. Place on a baking sheet along with the spring of rosemary and the cloves of garlic.

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Set your timer for 45 minutes and pop that pan into the oven.  Go do your thing and when the timer is done, transfer these roasted goodies into a blender, along with the salt and extra virgin olive oil. (take the rosemary off the twig). Blend it all on medium for a minute, give it a taste to see if you’d like to add anything else to it and transfer to a jar. Let it cool before you put it in the fridge.

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green beans & giveaways

This salad is amazing.  It is great hot & cold.  It is so easy to make with just 5 ingredients.

The whole trimming of the green beans take some time but I recommend using scissors and doing a couple at a time.

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Green Bean Salad

1 lb fresh green beans, washed, trimmed & cut into bite sized pieces (this is just my preference)

2 leeks, washed, cut into half moons

1/2 cup (packed) fresh dill

1/2 cup toasted almonds, coarsely chopped

2 T high quality extra virgin olive oil

Fill a sauce pan with water and bring to a boil. (This is to blanch the beans). While waiting for water to boil prepare green beans.  Once the water is boiling, place green beans in the water for one minute, with a slotted spoon or similar tool, transfer beans to a bowl of ice water to stop cooking, for a couple of minutes, then drain them in a colander.  Set aside while you prepare the rest.

In a medium sized skillet warm your choice oil/butter. I used 2 teaspoons of extra virgin coconut oil.  Add chopped leeks & a pinch of sea salt. Saute, uncovered for about 5 minutes, occasionally stirring.  Once the leeks have softened a bit, cover and let cook for about 10 minutes, stirring once or twice. While the leeks are cooking coarsely chop almonds and dill and add them to serving bowl~ If you have a toaster, lightly toast the almonds or quickly do it in a saute pan after the leeks are done.

Leeks should be super soft & buttery.  Add beans to serving bowl and toss with leeks, dill, almonds and olive oil.

( you could also steam the leeks for about the same amount of time and get a very similar outcome)

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tea & cookies

tea & cookies

Sometimes you just have to have a leisurely breakfast of tea & cookies. Especially when you get up at 5:30 with a wide awake baby girl.

Plump delicious oatmeal cookies
1/2 c softened unsalted (organic) butter
2/3 c coconut palm sugar
1 egg
1 1/2 t vanilla
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3/4 cup spelt flour
1/2 t baking soda
1 1/2 t cinnamon
healthy pinch of sea salt
1 1/2 c rolled oats
3/4 c raisins
1 good quality chocolate bar chopped into chunks

Preheat to 350…

Cream the first 4 ingredients together until smooth. In another bowl whisk/combine the rest of the ingredients.  Add the wet to the dry until combined.  Roll into little balls and place on a parchment lines (or lightly greased) baking sheet and bake for 12-15 minutes.  ENJOY

I am going to try this recipe with almond flour and coconut oil, to make them an even better source of protein and saturated fat.  I will keep you posted.

“It seems to me that our three basic needs, for food and security and love, are so mixed and mingled and entwined that we cannot straightly think of one without the others. So it happens that when I write of hunger, I am really writing about love and the hunger for it, and warmth and the love of it and the hunger for it… and then the warmth and richness and fine reality of hunger satisfied… and it is all one.” -MFK Fisher

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