Dec 29 2009

MadMan Dan’s Antimario Pasta Sauce

Did you ever wonder why spaghetti sauce is cheaper than just plain tomato sauce? Let’s put it this way: would you put carrots in your spaghetti? Heck no, you wouldn’t. You also wouldn’t add all the other stuff on the side of the can that those guys add.

Today I made my best batch of homemade pasta sauce EVAH. Here’s the recipe:

MadMan Dan’s Antimario* Pasta Sauce


  • 2 onions
  • ~1 lb hamburger
  • 1 tube R.B. Rice Italian sausage
  • 3 29 oz cans tomato sauce
  • 3 TBL basil
  • 3 TBL oregano
  • 3 TBL minced garlic


  • cast iron skillet
  • large pot


  1. In the large pot, combine tomato sauce, 2 TBL basil, 2 TBL oregano, 2 TBL garlic and begin heating on high.
  2. Chop onions into small pieces and sauté in the cast iron skillet in either garlic oil or olive oil. Sauté the onions until they are translucent, then mix into the sauce.
  3. In the cast iron skillet, combine hamburger, sausage, 1 TBL basil, 1 TBL oregano, and 1 TBL garlic. Stir together, and when the meat is brown, drain off the grease and mix into the tomato sauce.
  4. Continue heating sauce until it begins bubbling. Reduce heat and simmer until the sauce is nice and thick, then remove from heat.
  5. Pasta is always better after it has stuck in the fridge for several hours, so if you have already cooked your noodles (I use rotini almost exclusively–more surface area to hold sauce) then add them to the sauce and stick it in the fridge.

Enjoy! Prep time is pretty short; I made this whole dish in just about an hour.

Also, why Antimario? Because I don’t like mushrooms in my pasta sauce.

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Dec 12 2009

Review: Julie & Julia

julie-juliaI just finished staying up with Heather watching Julie & Julia, a 2009 movie about two women: Julie Powell, as she spends a year cooking her way through all the recipes in Julia Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking while living in post-9/11 New York with her husband. It also tells the story of Julia Child, living in post-WWII France with her husband, learning to cook and to write and publish said book.

I really, really liked this movie. I know, some of you are probably thinking this is a chick flick, and in some ways it is. However, this movie was about a lot of things I love: eating, cooking, writing, blogging, books, and being married. How can you not love a movie about food and marriage? I freaking love both, and consequently loved the movie.

However, the ending does seem kind of incomplete and anticlimactic, kind of like they brought in Zombie Michael Chrichton to write it for them. SPOILER ALERT: if you think the two women are going to meet you are going to be disappointed.

Speaking of cooking, I made my second attempt at pasta sauce this week, and I was very happy with it (much better than last week’s mediocre maiden sauce).

Also speaking of things in the movie that I can relate to in real life, like the protagonist I am staying up doing one thing when I should be doing another. Good night.

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