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Kelly Rossiter

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My husband and I are both trying to lighten our lives, getting our house in order, as it were. He is out of town for ten days, so I'm taking advantage of his empty home office to completely revamp and reorder his filing cabinets. It is one of my responsibilities to do the filing, and if I'm completely honest, I'm really terrible at it. Every time my husband says "where would I find..." my heart sinks because I mostly have to say "no idea". Part of it is a lack of committment to the task and part of it is because I inherited this job from him and his way of filing things is quite different from mine and everything always seems to be in the wrong place.

His filing cabinet is also completely bursting with paper that is completely unnecessary. Do I really need to keep invoices for cable tv dating back to the 1990's when we haven't even owned a tv for 2 years? Nope. I'm purging and it feels great. The paperwork I am keeping is all carefully collated and is going into envelopes for storage in the basement filing cabinet, where it will be out of the way, with only the most recent paperwork remaining in the office. That leaves me with a big pile of paper to be gotten rid of. Anything with printing on both sides is going into my shredder, but anything with a blank side is being made into note pads, a trick my frugal father-in-law always did. My goal is to have every single piece of paper filed away in a place I can find it by the time my husband gets home this week.

It turns out that it is a much bigger job than I anticipated, and it's taking up a lot of my time. So, who has time to cook? Well, this pasta sauce by Marcella Hazan is possibly the easiest tomato sauce you could make and takes less that 5 minutes of effort. It cooked away without supervision while I was working, filling the house with the delicious aroma of tomato. You could mess around with this and add stuff to it if you wanted to, but really what is wonderful about this is the incredible essence of tomato flavour. It's light with a really refreshing taste and completely delightful.


2 cups canned plum tomatoes (whole, peeled, chopped, with their juices)
5 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 medium yellow onion, peeled and cut in half
salt, to taste


  1. Combine the tomatoes, their juices, the butter, and the onion halves in a medium saucepan.
  2. Add a pinch or two of salt. Place over medium heat and bring to a simmer. Cook, uncovered, at a very slow but steady simmer, adjusting the heat as necessary, for about 45 minutes, or until droplets of fat float free from the tomato.
  3. Stir occasionally, mashing any large pieces of tomato with the back of a wooden spoon. Taste and salt as needed. Discard the onion.

    From the website Recipezaar

This recipe appears in: Savory Sauces
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