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If you don't know what to buy someone for their birthday or money is tight, why not make them something. It was my sister's birthday this past Monday so I made her a homemade pasta dinner. From the sauce to the stuffed pasta.

Birthday lady finishing serving #2

I like my sauces cooked low and slow.

  • Saute several cloves of garlic for about 30 minutes (I got that tip from the Food Network show, The Best Thing I Ever Ate, the Garlic episode). Then I sauteed chopped red onions until they were caramelized. Dumped in two cans of whole plum tomatoes (I crushed them before adding to the pot). Added dried oregano and thyme, fresh cracked black pepper, Himalayan salt, palm sugar. Cooked on low heat for about 4 hours. At the end refreshed with some more oregano.
Pasta balls

I made the pasta at the same time.

  • Two eggs and flour. That's it. Salt the water and it will be fine.

While it was resting (about an hour) I made the filling.

  • Blended cottage cheese, until smooth. Panko bread crumbs, Asiago cheese, Grana Padano cheese, oregano, thyme, fresh black pepper, salt, fresh nutmeg, lightly steamed baby spinach (water squeezed out), chopped fresh brown mushrooms.
The finished product

She liked it (remember Mikey?). How do I know? She never over-eats and she had 2 servings.

In general people appreciate when you cook for them. If you don't have any gift ideas, buy a card and put a homemade dinner certificate in it. Or maybe a certificate to clean their house. I'm sure you know an older person who can't move around as easily as they used to, or a new mom, who is overwhelmed. There are tons of ways to show people you care, without spending money, whether you have it or not.

Leave a comment with any useful, non-monetary gift ideas. Not just for Christmas but for any occasion.

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Till next time,

Nadia

 

This is what we had in our household last night. One was just the sauce and pasta, (put aside before the turkey was added) for the vegetarian. My tomato sauce was quicker than I prefer it, but it tasted pretty good. I prefer my sauces to simmer all day. I had some fresh tomatoes that needed to be used, along with a can of San Marzano tomatoes. I prefer these kind of tomatoes because they tend to be less acidic therefore you don't have to fiddle with adding some kind of sugar to balance out the acid. A little more expensive than the other varieties of canned tomatoes, but I think it's worth it.

Turkey meatballs, simmering away

Homemade tomato sauce with turkey meatballs. A change from the regular beef meatballs and of course less cholesterol and fat. The only thing with ground turkey or chicken is the consistency is much softer. So after I mixed and rolled the balls I put them in the fridge for about an hour, before adding them to the sauce. They didn't fall apart like they have a tendency to do sometimes.

Tomato sauce with turkey meatballs over spinach rice vermicelli. I used the rice vermicelli for the gluten free person in the household. I've tried a lot of other gluten free products and some of them are still pretty bad. One of the brands I do like is San Zenone corn pasta by Prairie Harvest.

Tomato sauce with chicken breast over whole grain linguine. I had a leftover chicken breast so I decided to heat it up in the sauce. A nice grating of parmigiana reggiano, to top it off. So good.

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Till next time,

Nadia