Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Spaghetti Sauce

When I was in Italy in January, we went to this terrific restaurant in Florence. One item on the menu involved chili powder in pasta sauce. It sounds weird but it turned out to be really good. Since I've come back, I have yet to buy a single jar of premade pasta sauce.

28 oz. can diced tomatoes or equivalent amount of fresh, peeled, diced tomatoes
2 (give or take) cloves garlic, minced
1 small onion, diced
olive oil
cooking wine
black pepper
chili powder
any other veggies you want to add

Combine onion, garlic, and olive oil (enough to cover the onion and garlic, and then some) in a pot big enough to hold everything. Sautee the mixture until onions are soft. Put some of the tomatoes in a food processor (fewer tomatoes food processed gives chunkier sauce) and have that chop them up. Add processed tomatoes and diced tomatoes to pot. Add veggies, spices, and cooking wine to taste. Cook until significantly thicker. Serve over your favorite pasta or use to make pizza.

If I'm feeding several people or if I'm planning on eating pasta nonstop for the next week I double the recipe.

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Secret to delicious & easy fried chicken

"This is the best chicken ever" -Corey Brickley

What you need:
8-10 chicken wings
1.5 cups flour
2 cups brown sugar
wing sauce
olive oil (just a little to coat the pan)

How it is done:
Heat oil in a large saucepan on low. Then, mix flour and brown sugar in a medium bowl. Wash all the wings off with cold water, coat them in flour/sugar mixture and fry in the saucepan until cooked. Take off from stove and dip deez wings into any wing sauce you'd like-- although Texas Pete's is my personal favorite. Enjoy!

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Maciej's o/v salad dressing

I hate salads but I have been feeling ill and need to fix my diet, so for a while I will try to eat mostly raw vegetables and fruits. Anyway, I just made this salad dressing and it's pretty tasty.

Nothing too original and easy to make.

I cook a lot but I never post in this thing because I just eyeball the amounts of ingredient I put in, so if these proportions don't work well for you, adjust them.


1/2 cup olive oil
1/2 cup apple cider vinegar (balsamic vinegar would work as well)
1 teaspoon raw honey
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1 teaspoon soy sauce
a bunch a sunflower seeds (or flax seeds or sesame seeds)
If you like it spicy like me, add some chili or paprika powder


Mix all that together for a while and pour some over your salad of choice. You can vary the proportion of oil to vinegar depending on how sour or how oily you want it, and if you want it more salty pour in more soy sauce. Pretty obvious I know.
For me, I don't like lettuce or too many vegetables, so I made a salad of cucumbers, tomatoes, red bell peppers, dried papaya, and spinach.