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
Tasty ~ Zesty ~ Dangerous!

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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