Tomatoes on the Ledge

I stopped by my waning garden and picked a small handful of tomatoes that were ripening. I placed them on the ledge with the others I'd picked this week. I've been browsing online for a homemade marinara sauce recipe that I could trust to use with my homegrown produce. I think I've found the one I'd like to use and hopefully this weekend I can start on that project.

I remember going with our college Spanish class to one of the professor's homes to sample "authentic" Spanish food, but what caught my eye was the array of mason jars filled with all of these neat food items. I grew up in an environment where people canned every summer, but what I saw in this professor's home was different. Maybe because it wasn't just cucumbers, preserves, and peaches. I don't know, but the array of colors was impressive. Since then, I've stored that image in the back of my head, waiting for the day that I could try it for myself. It's been over 10 years since that experience, but I can remember it as if it were yesterday.

My mom says that she has tons of jars from her "canning days" and I hope that I can use them this weekend on my project. It'll be nice to make my own spaghetti sauce from my own base instead of relying on Hunts or Heinz for a change. Who knows, maybe I'll make my own labels: Libby's Special Sauce. Ok, I'll work on the name. Until then, let the processing begin!!!


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