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It’s Not Really Cheating

March 29, 2010

I’m not Italian, don’t have a drop of Italian blood in me. So, though it pains me to admit this, I am hopeless when it comes to making sauce. I have never been able, despite authoritative recipes and patient guidance from Paesan relatives, to make “gravy” that tastes even vaguely authentic. So I’ve stopped trying.

I am at a point now where I’m perfectly at peace in heating and serving sauce -gasp- from a jar. It’s not cheating if I’ve tried to no avail, and have ultimately accepted my ethnic-culinary limitations.

Is it?

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Claire permalink
    March 30, 2010 4:09 am

    Did you try Aunt Josie’s recipe? It is the one Ryan loves. And you know how much he likes to eat.

  2. Alisa permalink
    April 12, 2010 5:00 pm

    I like using jar sauce, but I’ll add items. For example, I will saute onions, garlic, red pepper flakes, peppers or mushrooms (or both) and fresh or canned diced tomatoes. Add a few tablespoons red wine and simmer down, then add jarred tomato sauce. No complaints from anyone.

    I’m no Italian (but I play one on TV). Plain tomato sauce/gravy is just too boring for me I guess.

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