Sunday, October 7, 2007
Homemade Flavor from a Jar?!?
Having grown up in New York City, and specifically in predominantly Italian neighborhoods in the Bronx, I've had plenty of hearty, old-world Italian food, including slow-cooked homemade pasta and spaghetti sauces that basically ruined my palate for store-bought sauce in a jar. My hubby also makes spectacularly good pasta sauce from scratch, no doubt because he worked in an Italian restaurant while in high school and learned a few things from the chef. One of my joys in the kitchen is to make a homemade sauce starting with just-picked summer-ripened tomatoes, a good olive oil, plenty of garlic, onions and peppers, perhaps some earthy wild mushrooms, a splash of red wine, fresh herbs (I love rosemary, especially if making a meat sauce), and other ingredients depending on my mood. The problem is, a good homemade sauce takes time. I admit I've resorted to grocery-store spaghetti sauce, and invariably found them too sweet, with an unsavory "processed" flavor and lacking the body and rustic flavors of a lovingly made homemade sauce. As a result, I'd invariably end up "doctoring" the store-bought sauce with additional herbs and spices, sauteed vegetables, a splash of red wine, etc. etc., just to make it palatable.
Now imagine my utter surprise - shock, even - when I tasted a pasta sauce from a jar that I could have sworn was homemade! Santo & Josie Pasta Sauces are the real deal, folks, full of rustic old-world flavor that's rich and complex, with a hearty texture that coats your pasta and isn't thin or watery. Santo & Josie Pasta Sauces are made just outside of Charlotte, NC, using a family recipe brought over from Sicily by the grandparents of the man responsible for introducing these delectable sauces to the rest of us. Using only the finest natural ingredients and attentively made in small batches, these gourmet sauces are wonderful on spaghetti and other pasta, and also in your favorite Italian recipes wherever a tomato sauce is called for. You can also heat them and serve as a dipping sauce for breadsticks. Santo & Josie Pasta Sauces come in three mouthwatering flavors: Tomato-Artichoke, Tomato-Olive, and Tomato-Eggplant (which is heavenly in Eggplant Parmigiana). Perhaps best of all, the manufacturer donates a portion of the proceeds from each sale to support children's charities, so you can feel good while eating well. So treat yourself to authentic homemade flavor with no more effort than opening a jar (and boiling some spaghetti)!