Does your house have to be perfect? and Roasted Garden Tomatoes
Does your house have to be perfect to invite others in? No! More tips and a delicious way to enjoy Roasted Garden Toamtoes.
You have more confidence in yourself when you can succeed and accept that it’s okay to fail sometimes, even in your own home! I gave up the idea that my house has to be perfect before guests arrive. Now don’t get me wrong, if I’m having a dinner party and I have the time, I do plan my time accordingly and try to get my house clean. I find I enjoy myself more if my “ducks are in a row.” But I’ve loosened up when guests show up unannounced.
We have a traditional progressive dinner with the same 4 couples twice a year. These are our dear, down-to-earth, best-friends-in-life kind of friends! About a month ago we had our fall dinner and discussed whether a woman feels better if her house is clean before guests arrive. The women all agreed it is important to them – the men said it didn’t make sense.
What do you think?
I roasted my last crop of TOMATOES from our garden tonight. The house still smells of basil and garlic. Here is my recipe (no need to skin your tomatoes!):
Take a large pan with a 1 inch lip (I use the Pampered Chef Bar pan)
Cut your tomatoes in 1 inch chunks
Cover with fresh basil, chopped finely
Press or chop about 12-15 cloves of garlic
Salt, pepper and sugar to taste
Drizzle olive oil over the top
I take my hands and mix it all together
Drain off juices
Roast at 450 for 1 hour? Or until juices are gone
Take the tomatoes and puree (I use my Cuisinart)
Freeze in Ziploc bag!!
Bye-bye to canning tomato sauce! In my opinion, this is a superior way. Thanks to my friend Camille who shared the recipe with me this summer.