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Turn your less-than-perfect late-harvest tomatoes into a perfect sauce

Tomatoes to Sauce

From the page of the Cook’s Cook Community Forum on Facebook, hosted by Denise Landis of Exeter, this easy and ingenious recipe will solve the problem of late-harvest, and maybe ugly, tomatoes. Landis is the editor of the international food magazine for professional and aspiring food writers, "The Cook’s Cook: A Community of Cooks, Food Writers & Recipe Testers." For more than 25 years she was a recipe tester for The New York Times. Enjoy the harvest of crowdsourcing.

The easiest, best-tasting tomato sauce ever
Submitted by Patti Laskowski Elwell

8-10 lbs. tomatoes of any kind, cut into chunks
3-4 lbs. onions chopped
3-4 bulbs of garlic with skins removed from the cloves
1/2 cup dried Italian herbs such as oregano and basil (or 1 cup fresh)
Add other veggies you may have on hand, such as carrots, peppers or mushrooms.

Put in large pan and drizzle with olive oil. Roast 1 1/2 hours at 450 degrees, stirring every 1/2 hour until cooked down. Purée with a stick blender right in the pan. Add 1/4 cup sugar, if necessary, red wine if you like, and salt and pepper to taste. For variations, leave chunky. Freeze any leftovers. Enjoy!

Salted Caramel Appletini

2 ounces General John Stark Vodka (made from NH apples)
2 ounces fresh apple cider
1 ounce Domaine de Canton French Ginger Liqueur
1 ounce fresh lemon juice
1 ounce salted caramel sauce (Coop’s brand is made from local cream)
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

Add to a shaker with ice and shake vigorously.

Drizzle martini glass with caramel. Strain into chilled glass. If desired, garnish with a cinnamon stick.

Powder Keg Beer & Chili Festival

October 7, 2017

Enjoy the riverside charms of Swasey Parkway in Exeter while tasting chili from a plethora of local restaurants as they battle for best chili in several categories, including vegan and people’s choice. Happily wash down the chili with some of the best beer in the region with almost 50 breweries in attendance. $15, $30. Get tickets online at


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