I think that it is about time that we post a recipe! What better way to explain that there are 5 mother sauces in the culinary world by including the one that is a perfect example of everyday life: The RED or CLASSIC TOMATO SAUCE. You would not believe how quick the SAGERS were to answer how they like their red sauce. It was kind of funny that after we discussed all the favorites from chicken parm to lasagne, we forgot to bring up the fact that we all just like it over pasta too!
One thing to take note is that here at Kitchen Sage I DO NOT throw out recipes like the Pillsbury Dough Boy(there are other similarities though! hmhm!) I want to give these kids just the basics, allowing them to create on their own terms as a collaboration, I boss them around enough! So when we came up with the recipe below, they WANTED to throw in all the cool new veggies from the previous week’s Stir Fry! Crazy things like Zucchini, Summer Squash, and Broccoli!! ANY parent that is trying to sneak veggies into their kid’s meal would have shed a tear!
I know I keep saying that education is the hope, so when you see someone that has never had zucchini, and then they want to actually use it in their recipe it makes you want to let them try another vegetable so crazy like asparagus! The SAGERS also learned about physical change(cutting veggies) and the chemical change(occurs when a simmering a pot of acidic tomato sauce turns sweet as the acids reduce and convert to sugars!) I wish you could have been there when we calculated the start and finish volume of the sauce. The real lesson of how much it cost compared to store bought blew their minds!
Then all of the sudden I was called to task! When I told them we were just going to boil some Cavatapi Pasta to enjoy our”Gravy”(what Italians call marinara), you would of thought I was letting them down. “Why can’t we make our own pasta Chef Tommy?” “Are you kidding, we don’t have enough time, but wait! We can make the dough and let it rest, then we can cut it, then you guys take it home. Do something with it!”
While some teens use their cell phones for “sexting” my SAGERS are texting me things like this all the time! Thank you Imani Hayden!
By the way, Imani had to do this in the dark, her power was out due to a storm!!
So as we are doing all this Marinara stuff, I took the opportunity to jump into their conversation with my own opinion!
“Kim Kardashian is a cheap skank! Only an insane Kanye would go for a girl like that. And if you think that a woman that not only commits adultery but also has a child with the other man is acceptable you are out of your mind. The only things that make these idiots newsworthy is their moral train wreck and PR machines. By the way if you think emulating this behavior makes you rich and famous, you have another thing coming. All this does is leave you as a single mom with a blessing/burden for the rest of your life.” A moral compass is there to guide, not to stray from! Then Dom, one of our Kitchen SAGERS chimes in with his thoughts on raising a child. After his reality check, I was dumbfounded with his story and gained a deeper respect for this young man. I knew Dom would be my first apprentice from the program.
I know you are waiting for the recipe, so here it is! Don’t want such a huge amount? Do the math!
KS veggie marinara
All this with a Pot of Marinara!