Inland Northwest, High Desert
This is my favorite tomato sauce recipe. With the 'Roma' tomatoes coming on strong, it's a good way to use them up.
1/2 cup olive oil
1-1/2 cups chopped onion
3 medium-sized garlic cloves, minced
3-1/2 pounds fresh tomatoes, peeled, seeded, and chopped
6 basil leaves, finely chopped
1 tsp dried oregano or 2 sprigs fresh
sea salt and course ground pepper to taste
Heat the olive oil in a heavy saucepan over medium heat for 3 minutes. Add the onion and garlic and cook for 3 minutes. Add the remaining ingredients and simmer for about 15 minutes, or until the sauce has reduced and thickened. The texture should be more like a chutney than a sauce, and the aroma is heavenly. This is a favorite with angle hair pasta and trout at our house.
Yield: 4-6 servings
Blast Those Aphids?
At a local rose growers meeting I overheard a great conversation. One grower was convinced that aphids cannot crawl to the top of the rose bushes by themselves. "That's why blasting them off with a hose works," he added.
Now, I've heard this old wives tale too, so I decided to check it out with an entomologist. When he stopped laughing, he said, "That business about spraying aphids with the hose only goes so far, you know. You might squish a few with the water's force, but the rest just climb right back up."
I guess even rose growers have something to learn.