October 19, 2007

What I did this summer, by Kevin Cooney

I worked on a few projects this summer, but most didn't warrant their own post, so instead, here's a superpost describing a few. This way, if you're trapped in an elevator with me in the near future, you'll have some conversation starters.

I planted a vegetable/herb garden, and grew cilantro/coriander, thyme, rosemary, basil, tomatoes, bell peppers, green beans, and cucumbers. Just about everything came in great. I'm sorry I don't have pictures of the vegetables, but I ate them all.

I also came up with a decent pasta sauce recipe, which, unsurprisingly, uses a lot of items from the garden:

Irish Boy tomato sauce
3-4 tomatoes
1 green bell pepper, chopped
1 onion, chopped
4 cloves garlic
2 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp red wne vinegar
1/3 c wine (I used 2 tbsp vodka, since we're not a big wine house)
1-2 tbsp sugar
1/2 tsp dried oregano
6-8 basil leaves, chopped
3-4 sprigs thyme (about 12 inches, total)
2 tbsp tomato paste (to thicken things a bit)

1) Combine the oil, garlic, onion, and pepper in a skillet over low heat until onions and peppers are soft, about 10-15 minutes
2) Slice and skin the tomatoes.
3) Squeeze each slice over a bowl, to extract juice and seeds. Add tomato slices to skillet.
3a) If you really want to go for broke, slide the pan under the broiler for 10-15 minutes (or until the tomatoes start to brown), stirring every 5 minutes or so.
4) Add vinegar and booze to the bowl with the tomato juice.
5) Strain this liquid into the skillet. Increase heat to medium
6) Add spices, sugar, and tomato paste to skillet.
7) Cook until sauce reduces to desired consistency
8) Blend, if desired

The first time I made this recipe, it turned out great. The next time, I burnt it.

Amy and I made a cornhole set for my sister and her husband. They're big Red Sox fans, so we used a Red Sox design.

I grew kind of attached by the end of construction, but I was happy to give the boards to Laura and Jason, since they turned out so great.

It was a great summer, and I'm already looking forward to next year's projects

Posted by Kevin at October 19, 2007 08:30 AM

"We're not a big wine house" but luckily we always have vodka laying around! For the record, that is the best freakin' tomato sauce on earth. Seriously.

I was wondering what happened to all those photos of your vegetables!

Posted by: Wife at October 19, 2007 10:48 AM

Could I please get your instructions for the cornhole game?

Posted by: B J at January 29, 2008 09:03 PM
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