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Still Undertall (Cooking is Supposed to be an Adventure)

Monday, August 20, 2018



I haven't written a blog for my SparkPeople page in quite some time. Finding time to write extra blogs in addition to the 3 I post to has been difficult. Today, however, inspiration came from the oven.

You know how you want to make something, so you get it all ready...cleaned,cut, prepped, etc...and you pop it into the oven, figuring about 1-1/2 hours at 350 degrees will produce the product you want? Yep. Me too.

I had a surplus of garden tomatoes again so I decided to make another (small) batch of roasted tomato sauce. I made 2 quarts last week and it is yummy! I love using the vegetables we grow in our little garden beds.

So, I had a fully scheduled day today with phone calls and conference calls, so prior to my first conference call I prepped to tomatoes, onion, garlic, peppers, olive oil, fresh herbs and seasoning. Just like I did last week.

Well, being involved in the conference calls had me tethered to my laptop, but I could smell the wonderful aroma of roasting veggies, and all was well. Until it wasn't. Five minutes before my second call ended I took another sniff. Oops! Kind of smelled like the grill. The veggies were, to put it kindly, charred. Not charred totally through, but charred nonetheless.

What to do? I picked off all the charred veggies, dumped what was left into the food processor and gave it a few whirls. It just about covered the bottom of the container. What to do? I couldn't bear to throw it away, because the flavor was pretty good. So I thought, "I wonder if I could turn this into salad dressing?" So I added about 1 tbsp. EVOO, 1-1/2 tbsp. light mayo, thinned it with about 1/2 cup cashew milk and then added about 1 tsp. of honey. Gave it a few more whirls and, suddenly I had a really tasty grilled tomato salad dressing.

I filled a 12-ounce jar and used the remaining tablespoon on a small tossed salad; it works!
So if you're ever in the position of burning, er charring, something, don't toss it away without employing a bit of creativity. Who knows, you could end up with a new salad dressing!
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