World’s Best Lasagna

When you’re drowning in a crimson tide of homegrown, heirloom tomatoes like this:

One of the myriad things you can do with them is make sauce. The good thing about sauce is, you can freeze it for later. We usually keep them in quart-sized freezer bags and pull them out as needed.

To make the sauce, we boiled down 15 lbs of heirloom tomatoes plus chunks of bell peppers, diced onions, sugar and salt until the sauce was reduced by half. I buzzed it with the hand blender until smooth. This was the most amazing tomato sauce ever – so sweet and savory at the same time!


Thai Beef Salad

Thai food offers an alluring balance of sweet, sour, salty, and spicy. You’ve got sweet sugar, sour lime juice, salty fish sauce, and spicy chillies all melded together in a tantalizing and mouth-watering concoction. It’s hard to resist.

Annie took a top sirloin steak, seasoned it lightly with s&p then broiled for 4 mins per side. After resting, she sliced it up and marinated the beef in fish sauce, lime juice, brown sugar, shallots, chili flakes, and chopped Thai bird chiles.

The salad greens included romaine lettuce, napa cabbage, carrots, green onions, mint, Thai basil, and cilantro. She laid out the veggies, pile on the beef, and then poured the remaining dressing over everything.

This was awesome!

Aloha, Nate

Churrasco Taco

I don’t eat beef that often but when I do, it’s usually grilled in some form. We had a beef tenderloin in the freezer that I took out and thawed. Then I made a chimichurri marinade based on this recipe:,,FOOD_9936_29257,00.html

I cut the beef tenderloin into 6 strips then pounded them to 1/4 inch thickness and marinated them for about 6 hours. Here they are grilling on the gasser.

They were great just chopped up and eaten on their own. It’s a really good marinade but I think the beef tenderloin didn’t need to sit for 6 hours, especially with all that vinegar.

We couldn’t finish it all that night, so I made tacos and quesadillas on another day. Here’s my taco with jack cheese and homemade salsa. Mmmm. I could have had another but I ran out of tortillas :-(

Aloha, Nate


Spaghetti is totally my comfort food. Back in my younger days, I used to make spaghetti by browning up some ground beef, pouring in a bottle of Ragu spaghetti sauce, and seasoning it with some Italian seasoning. That was then but now we hardly use bottle sauce as we like to control how much sugar and salt goes in our foods.

Annie made this sauce using bacon, Polska kielbasa, ground beef, zucchini, red bell pepper, portobello mushroom, tomato sauce, garlic and onion. Garnished with parsley, chili pepper flake, and grated Pecorino Romano cheese.

Enjoyed with a glass of Rosemount Cab Sav-Merlot. Ahhh. Life is good!

Aloha, Nate

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