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Easy Vodka Sauce
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Original recipe makes 10 servings Change Servings
1/2 cup butter
1 onion, diced
1 cup vodka
2 (28 ounce) cans crushed tomatoes
(Oy, make that 2 lbs of fresh tomatoes :O)
1 pint heavy cream
1. In a skillet over medium heat, saute onion in butter until
slightly brown and soft. Pour in vodka and let cook for 10 minutes. Mix
in crushed tomatoes and cook for 30 minutes. Pour in heavy cream and
cook for another 30 minutes.
like the original said, 1 1/3 lbs tomatoes. I then make adjustments
according to what I'm going to serve it on, i.e. Bolognese Sauce,
Marinara Sauce, Putanesca Sauce, or just plain, pured tomatoes (I'm not
fussy about skins and seeds.). I'm sure any of these would work fine
with the Orecchiette and Zucchini above, and for soaking up with bread
afterwards. Then all you need is a fresh dinner salad, a bottle of wine,
and interesting dinner guests.
I can see that I should have vetted the recipe first. Use only the
freshest ingredients that you have for best effect, and that goes for
the leeks, garlic, zucchini, and the tomatoes as well.
I was shown how to cook by a Frenchman who, strangely enough, thought
that cooking with salt was a crutch, and that properly seasoned, most
meals didn't require salt. We never have salt on the table, and rarely
use it in the kitchen (usually to sweat cucumbers).
150 grams + 454 grams (600 grams) is approximately 1 1/3 lbs or
454 grams = 1 lb, or 0.071428571 stone. I mean, why use 454 grams, or
0.071428571 stone, when you can just use 1 pound?
English Measure is really very simple
It is 5,280 ft. to the mile, not that complicated 1000 meters to a
kilometer. I might also mention that a mile is bigger than that puny
little kilometer (We'er number one!). I mean, if you wanted to know how
many feet in 4 miles, it is obvious that it is 21,120 feet, where as, if
you wanted to know haw many meters there were in 4 kilometers, not
everyone would come up with the number 4000!
A meter is 100 centimeters, about 40 inches, or 1 yard, 4 inches.
Yards are very simple to use with 3 feet to the yard, and 12 inches to
the foot, and the inch is divided, for your easy use, into 8/8ths of an
It gets even worse ;O) 1 gram of water, is essentially 1 milliliter of
water under normal room conditions (Yes, confusing, I know.). If you
have a a 1000 grams of water (1 kilogram), you have a 1000 milliliters
of water, which is to say, a liter. The horror of 2 ideas in your mind
at the same time. Mon dieu, it can be a real nightmare.
It's all very confusing when you're used to 16 ounces to a pint, and 2
pints to a quart, and 4 quarts to a gallon which is 0.13368056 cubic
feet, here in the U.S.
I just don't see how the metric system will ever catch on.
Again, the simplest approach to summer squash is to saut them in butter
with about 1 Tbl. of shallots, and add small handful of chopped parsley
that has only seconds before been picked from the garden (you neighbor's
if necessary) a minute before you serve. Season to taste with parmesan.
But that's the problem, dried parsley doesn't have any. You could
substitute dried newspaper and you couldn't tell the difference. Parsley
and mint are two herbs that are just not worth using dried.
But you forgot to mention that a quart of water is about 936 mls but a quart
of beans is about 1101 mls. How stupid that the metric system cannot
measure beans, just as well that NASA doesn't power its rockets with gas,
they might never reach orbit.
That's what they say in Myanmar and Liberia too.
It is very easy to use the metric system as you and both know but it is the
conversion that is the problem; it requires will, legislation and funding
all of which are conspicuously absent in the redoubts of traditional
measure. Give it 20-30 years and the Chinese will probably force it on the
I'll bow to your superior familiarity, as I've never used dry parsley.
I've had mint tea before, though, made from little paper bags on
strings, and it tasted like mint. I have mint in the garden, but rarely
make tea (tisane) from it, but I do use it, and a quarter of a lemon to
flavor the drinking water that I take to work.
I didn't forget. I was ignorant of the fact that when a liquid quart
dries out, it expands. Very interesting. I'll look at the Standard Model
and see if I can find an explanation for it.
Myanmar is on its own, but Liberia is obviously our fault.
It is embarrassing that the most lowly undocumented worker who slips
into the U.S. is schooled in the world's measurement system, whereas
most educated USians are totally ignorant of it.
That is precisley what my sodding Pyrezx measuring jugs made in the US keep
trying to tell me.
Every time I drag them out of the cupboard, I correct them and tell them in
no uncertain terms that there are 20 ounces in a Pint but they are totally
recalitrant an drefuse to believe it and will never correct their erroneous
markings. I have to always make sure that I add the extra 4 ounces or
otherwise I'd be short in my Pint measures.
:-(((( You mean I'm going ot have to lie with my head level with the
marking on the jug and then add a dollop extra?
Here I was feeling near enough was good enough by just gluggin more into the
Pyrex jug till it was almost overflowing because I was too darned idle to
empty it and then remeasure another 4 ounces.
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