Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Easy homemade tomato sauce from author @DarylWoodGerber COOKBOOK NOOK MYSTERIES

Great news! I have the new cover for the next Cheese Shop Mystery #7: FOR CHEDDAR OR WORSE. Don't you love it?

Is the book written? Well, I'm doing the final-final edit on it as you read this post! 
Here's the blurb!

The whey to a woman’s heart is murder.
It’s time for the annual Cheese Festival in Providence, Ohio, and Charlotte Bessette’s Fromagerie is ripe with homemade specialties. Meanwhile, her friend Erin is prepping her dairy farm and inn for cheese makers, marketers, journalists, and one surprise guest from the past—Lara Berry, pretentious cheese whiz, pompous bestselling author, and pungent critic whose extra sharp tongue can crumble a reputation.
Since any love for Lara curdled long ago, Charlotte isn’t surprised when the foodie is smothered to death in her room at Erin’s inn. Accusations start flying, but the one sticking to Erin strikes Charlotte as a crock. Now, to clear her friend’s name, Charlotte has to sift through Lara’s ex-lovers, former business partners, and unforgiving enemies to find a killer before Lara’s past casts a gamey pall on the festival’s future.

Now, just because the book doesn't come out until February, that doesn't mean I'm not busy. Supremely busy. So I need easy. Yes, I know a few weeks ago I said I need easy, and I still do! My head is swimming with "busy."


Roma tomatoes are perfect right now. I don't grow them, but my local farmer does and they are spectacular. Roma tomatoes are the little oval ones, otherwise known as Italian tomatoes. When I do start growing tomatoes...and I will, in my spare year...these are the type I'll grow. I love them in a salad or just as a juicy treat!

But for now I won't be planting them because...

Yes, that busy thing.  I need easy.  LOL

Easy means I want something that cooks while I'm writing or dealing with life's little issues. No fuss, no muss. I want something that is good old fashioned comfort food. AND I don't want to have to peel anything! Way back when, I thought I always had to peel tomatoes to cook them. But I was chatting with my farmer and she said that if I cook the sauce long enough, the skins just mush up in the mix. It's true!

Enjoy this easy topping to just about any food! [It's also good just by itself, with some grated Parmesan cheese!]

What cooking tip do you have that saves time or is "easy"?

Homemade Tomato Sauce


6-8 Roma tomatoes, sliced (about 2 cups)
1/2 red onion, diced
1 teaspoon salt
12 grinds of a pepper mill
1 packet Stevia (1 teaspoon)
1 teaspoon garlic powder
2 teaspoons Penzey’s pasta sprinkle

1/4 cup olive oil


Chop and dice tomatoes. Chop and dice red onion.

Put all the ingredients in a medium saucepan. Heat to a boil, then turn down heat and simmer for 10 minutes, stirring often.

If desired, puree in a blender when you’re done cooking. Pour over meatballs or spaghetti.

On top of my husband's favorite meatballs!

Savor the mystery!

Daryl Wood Gerber aka Avery Aames
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  1. I love the cover For Cheddar Or Worse! It's beautiful.
    Thank you for the recipe. The sauce looks so good. :-)

    1. Thanks, Jen. Didn't she do a lovely job? So pastoral!
      ~Daryl / Avery

  2. Beautiful cover art for your new book! Can't wait for it to be available!

    1. Thanks, Kim! I just met a woman who read all of my first 6 books in a week. Now she's salivating for the 7th. :) Fun!

      ~Daryl / Avery

  3. One of my friends doesn't even bother cooking the tomatoes. She chops them fresh, adds the other goodies like spices and chopped onion, and serves it over pasta. It's nice and summery! But this looks delish. I just bought Roma tomatoes for a dish I'm making.

    1. I've done that, too, Krista. Very fresh. But there's something so homey about cooked sauce. Love it!

      ~Daryl / Avery

  4. Looks lovely and fresh tasting.
    You could thin it with a bit of broth and/or milk and have soup.
    Take some of the wonderful cheeses you write about and make grilled cheese sandwiches to go with the soup!

    1. Oh, Libby, I've done that. I LOVE grilled cheese with soup. Great idea about how to thin it out. :)


      ~Daryl / Avery

  5. Thank you for sharing! I've always shied away from making my own sauce, partly because of the skins, and partly because I've never wanted to take the time to try it. A jar is always easier. But this, I might actually try!

  6. Do Roma tomatoes make the best sauce???? I am already thinking about the garden for next year.

    The cover is lovely. Can't wait for February! !!

  7. Sounds great. Will have to try this one for sure. Love the cover, the colors, the artwork, all of it!!