Tomorrow is my day off, and I am going to go buy books and have lunch with Larissa, so I am posting all sorts of things here: a recipe, a few book recommendations, and a good laugh. The laugh first (otherwise it messes with the HTMLs).
moar funny pictures
Now the recipe: Homemade Spaghetti Sauce
I've read that if you make spaghetti sauce in a cast iron skillet the tomato absorbs some of the iron, making it more healthy. My skillet isn't that big (making it more messy), so I just use my largest pan, it makes quite a bit of sauce.
Pour a little olive oil in the pan, add one diced onion and a couple cloves of diced garlic and let sweat, add one package of ground beef (anykind depending on what's on sale that week), and simmer until the beef is cooked. Add a large can of crushed tomatoes, a small can of tomato paste and a medium can of tomato sauce (or two depending on consistancy). Add two or three bay leaves, a few pinches of Italian seasoning, a few pinches of thyme and oregano, salt and pepper, and a teaspoon of sugar. Cover and let simmer, the longer the better but keep the temp low and stir frequently so it doesn't burn. It's great with any kind of pasta: lasagna, ziti, rigatoni, spaghetti. I've started using the whole wheat pasta, and can't tell the difference.
Now the book recommendations:
The first has just come out. I received an Advanced Reader Copy of this a while ago, and have been waiting ever since. I intended to do a great big honkin' blog blowout bragging about this, but we all know... I plan and god laughs. Anyway, it's an awesome book, by an equally awesome person, so go out and buy a copy of Evermore by Lynn Viehl.
The next has been out since September, but I only recently bought a copy for download with a gift card someone very generously gave me (Hi Shiloh *g*). It's an awesome story, a great setting (I once worked at a ski resort and this almost made me miss it), and two totally believable main characters. You can buy a copy of Snowbound by Larissa Ione from My Bookstore and More (aka MBAM).
I'll leave you with one last funny: I had to call my dentist's office today to set up an appointment...to have a bitguard remade. I had one, but my mom's dog ate it.
Construction Photos- Week 27
1 day ago