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Sunday, June 16, 2013

Potato-Tomato Bake with Sausage

This one's a keeper. It's made like Au Gratin Potatoes except with a chunky tomato sauce instead of creamy cheese sauce. You can add cheese if you like, remove the sausage and you have a hearty vegan dish. Serve as a side or as a meal with a salad. Me? I served it with fresh baked bread and vegetable pasta for Sunday dinner. :)



Grease a good sized baking dish and preheat oven to 375. 
Take 2-3 potatoes and slice them into thin rounds with a mandoline or knife. Place the slices in a bowl of water so they don't brown. Also, slice up a small onion.
Place a layer of spaghetti sauce or seasoned diced tomatoes in the bottom of the dish. This would work very well. Add a layer of potato slices, a layer of onion, and a layer of Italian sausage (raw or cooked, mine was raw and it added a nice flavor). Add another layer of potatoes, then another layer of sauce. Top with Italian breadcrumbs and bake for 1 hour covered, 30-45 minutes uncovered. 

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Cookie's Marinara Sauce

My alter ego's nickname is Cookie.
Why Cookie? Because she's Cookie the cook, and her friends are Drunkie the drunk, Studdie the stud, and DJ-ee the DJ. 
She thinks she's an Italian-American socialite. 
Any good Italian-American Sunday dinner needs good bread, red wine, and a nice homemade marinara sauce.

Cookie's Marinara
1/4 cup olive oil
2-3 large garlic cloves, minced
1 medium yellow onion, chopped
2 15oz cans diced tomatoes
2 15oz cans fire-roasted diced tomatoes
1 Tbsp sugar
2 tsp salt
2 tsp black pepper
2 tsp dried basil
2 tsp dried oregano
1/4 cup red wine
Up to 1 Tbsp crushed red pepper, optional




Heat the oil in a large pot. Sweat the garlic and onion. Add remaining ingredients and simmer uncovered for 1 hour, stirring occasionally and breaking up the tomatoes with a wooden spoon. 
Mangia. :)





















To make true Sunday gravy, simply add sausage/meatballs/porkbone/ meat etc... ;)