Daily Archives: 01.10.2012

A New Discovery

Truth: Even though I love going to the grocery store (it’s a mesmerizing place), last year we very quickly learned that Marcus is able to hunt and gather all of the items on our list much faster than I am.

He sticks to the list.  I get distracted by the number of different jams and jellies you can choose from at Cub.  Despite the fact that nearly all of our spreads come from Trader Joe’s.

So we started going together.  Because it made my Sunday morning errands move a lot faster.  And I was happier not having to haul all of the heavy grocery bags on my own.

While I’m leading the 5k Clinic, Marcus has agreed to take all of our grocery shopping.

Yes, seriously.

Which really means that when I’m done with the clinic, I’ll be using my stipend to build him a shrine to his Superior Abilities as a husband.

This week, for some reason, The Universe directed him to bring this home instead of diced tomatoes.

I know.  I KNOW.  What are those?

So the challenge is on to find things that Stewed Tomatoes “work” with.

Because if $1 in mystery-meat canned vegetables doesn’t spell commitment, I don’t know what does.

This involved a bit of research on my behalf because truth be told, I have never eaten a stewed tomato from a can (or cooked down from someone’s garden for that matter) in my life.

Beyond the fact that they’re sweeter than regular diced tomatoes and possibly saltier, this is what I’ve learned so far regarding preparation methods.

  • It is extremely popular to combine them with Macaroni and Cheese.
  • You can wilt spinach in them while they cook, with a bit of sauteed garlic and herbs, and crown them with the ever-present soft fried egg.  Or for a fun twist, crack your egg into the mix and let it set-up a bit prior to removing it from the heat and serving.
  • To work with the original flavor, they’ve been tossed into a food processor and whirled into a somewhat sweet pasta sauce.
  • They’re able to step into service as part of Chicken Cacciatore.

Please send help.

What’s the strangest thing you’ve accidentally brought home from the grocery store?

Have you ever eaten Stewed Tomatoes?  How would you eat/prepare them?