I’ve been waiting for this since the first tomato turned ripe – enough to do the sauce thing for a delicious summer treat.Cook them down in a little olive oil over medium high heat, using a potato masher to help them along. Cook the pasta while the sauce is making, reserving some of the pasta water in case the sauce is too dry. Stir in a couple pats of butter and a tablespoon or two of tomato paste to finish the sauce. Add the spaghetti and fresh basil to the pan, toss with tongs, or flip it in the pan chef style if you’ve got the chops – this amount was a little too much for me. I did try and didn’t embarrass myself by spilling any but I will admit to a certain timidity. Garnish with more grated cheese and basil.
I had better luck with the press and cooking went OK. Then my luck turned bad towards the end of this batch, but I did get enough to turn out some tacos.I’m not sure what happened, other than I got tired from being on my feet for too long. The tortillas were refusing to release from the plastic and I ruined half of them. I did save some from a trial run this morning – they kept alright in a zip bag and just needed rewarming,I made those enchiladas yesterday but didn’t take any photos. They were pretty good – chopped grilled chicken breast, Spanish rice, white cheese, and sour cream rolled in the fresh tortillas and drowned in salsa verde.
That cauliflower soup was really bland. Even Mrs J said it was too bland. Bland even with sour cream and cheese. I fix! I fix by dumping half the remaining soup and adding 2 potatoes boiled in chicken stock. These I blended in thoroughly with a stick blender. Then I added crisp bacon crumbles. This one didn’t need sour cream but I did go with the Creole seasoning again because I like that stuff.
I say it’s an old picnic table because it is old, for a picnic table. I made that thing in a flurry of busy about 30 years ago and it’s been sitting out in the weather since then. I’m kind of amazed that it has held up as well as it has. I did replace one of the seat boards when we moved it a bit closer to the house a few weeks ago.
One of the nicest things about smoked chicken leftovers is that you can use it in some absolutely killer soups. This one is easy: Take a box of rice mix – this one uses Zatarain’s Long Grain and Wild Mix, add twice the water as the directions say and bring to a boil. Lower the heat to a simmer and cover until the rice is done, stir in some chopped broccoli and continue to simmer until the veggie is tender, add a handful of diced chicken breast, stir in a generous handful of shredded cheddar, a splash of half & half, keep stirring until the cheese is fully melted. It’s good served right away, even better if you let it rest awhile, the rice will continue to plump – reheat just before serving, careful to keep the cheese from burning on the bottom.