I have arthritis in the first joint of my second finger on my right hand. (Thumb is #1, pointer [aka index] finger is #2, middle finger is #3, ring finger is #4, little finger is #5–now you’ve had your anatomy lesson for the day.) The joint is getting bigger. I have been staring at it lately trying to figure out why that particular joint is having an issue. It finally occurred to me that that joint gets lots of tedious, joint intensive work grasping and twisting endless I.V. and medication related objects. Cool. Mystery solved.
I love a good mystery, especially when it comes to food. Oh wait, except for one food mystery. I don’t like the “what are we having for dinner mystery”. That one is just plain annoying. The food mystery of “I wonder how to make this taste better” is a fun mystery. I like to solve those kinds of food issues.
Take this simple tomato garlic sauce, for instance. Using roasted tomatoes and then caramelizing the onions gives this sauce such a wonderful, rich flavor. Some of you lucky souls out there have fresh, home-grown tomatoes ready to hop off the vine. Roast those lovelies before you use them in sauces. I’ll explain roasting tomatoes at the end of this post. If you are like me, however, and do not have any fresh garden tomatoes of your very own, then you can use a can of fire-roasted tomatoes. Get a good brand such as Muir Glenn. It’s worth the extra pennies that you will pay for a quality product.
The seasonings are the next mystery over which you’ll need to come and that one is ridiculously easy to solve as well.
This sauce is light, flavorful, and satisfying; just the perfect thing for a hot summer day. Serve it with bread sticks, such as Perfect Bread Sticks with Buttery Garlic Topping or Quick and Easy Bread Sticks, and a side salad and you’ve got yourself a very fine meal.
Now take your plate and go sit out on the back porch and watch the setting sun. Thank Heavenly Father for the wonderful food you are eating and the beauty of the skies. Your heart and your belly will both be full and your mind will begin to consider more ethereal mysteries than a crooked finger.