At this point I should probably say that I am a tomato-based foods junkie. Give me chili, spaghetti, lasagna, pizza, tomato soup, sun-dried tomatoes, whatever you got! I love it all, except ketchup. I'd probably include a tomato element in all of my cooking if I had an endless supply. Okay, maybe not all of it, but a vast majority.
So, needless to say I felt both like I'd won the lottery and like a total bonehead when I found those two jars down there. I don't know how I missed them. Its not like they were even hidden. Silly, silly Beth. Oh, well it was a really, really nice surprise.
We knew we had to do something special with these jars. One is still in the cupboard at home. I am not sure what its destiny will be yet. The other was promptly made into a simple pasta sauce. That might not sound special, but we did go all out and treat ourselves to store-bought pasta, multicolor shells, a shape which our pasta machine does not make. It had been a while since I had anything but fresh, long pasta so it was a real treat.