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Saturday, February 26, 2011

Computer Issues

My computer was in the shop all day, then it needed to be charged, have a new OS installed and then backed up, so I am only getting to blog now! Also I cleaned, all alone in the house for 5 hours today so I am happy (clean house!) but wiped out!

I made spaghetti and meatballs tonight, but these were special "end of the week" spaghetti and meatballs. The sauce was a can of tomato sauce, 1 can of chopped tomatoes and all of the vegetables leftover from the week. So, some spinach, some carrots, some celery, some garlic, some onion, all sauteed together in olive oil and spiced up with some oregano. BTW despite the popularity of EVOO I never cook with extra virgin olive oil, I cook with plain olive oil. Extra virgin is so delicate I merely use it to top things like hummus, to dress a salad, or to make a bread dipping sauce with herbs and salt. Good EVOO will come in a dark bottle to protect it from the light and must be stored well away from the heat of the stove lest it go bad and taste "off". You only buy the good stuff in small quantities because it is prone to rancidity and it should be a bright spring green color, not gold or yellow. It is also more expensive than standard olive oil. My favorite dressing in the world is REAL balsamic vinegar mixed with a bit of really good extra virgin olive oil.


  1. My mother insists that you can keep EVOO good in the fridge. But you have to remember to take it out in time for it to soften which means it will never work for me!

  2. I also heard that cooking with EVOO is not advisable since it can turn bitter (or something like that). Good tips as usual (esp. with using the leftover veggies for the spaghetti sauce!) Thanks!

  3. Your Mom is right St, but of course I'd never remember to take it out either, so mine stays in the furthest cabinet from my stove and I just hope for the best. And Joy, yes cooking with it, or even mixing it too hard (say in a blender or food processor) can make it quite bitter! Be gentle with your EVOO and it will be good to you! :)