Tomato Sauce with Cilantro (Salsa de Tomate)

Is It Necessary To Always Say No Before You Say Yes?

The Food N’ Flix movie this month is It’s Complicated (2009) and it’s hosted at Beyond the Peel. Though the title is It’s Complicated, the joke is that it really isn’t; it’s rather accessible. It’s about letting go of the comfortable and the familiar in exchange for self-reflection and uncovering feelings that haven’t surfaced before. Also, who doesn’t love John Krasinski? As Harley, his restraint and politesse gets provoked in a number of ways, even though one would think the older characters would be the ones that the characters turn to for assurance. His fiancee, Lauren, doesn’t seem to mind, because Harley is too busy keeping Lauren’s parents (Jane and Jake) out of trouble, so he’s too distracted to negotiate plans for Lauren’s dream wedding. (Not to mention that nice, big kiss planted on her to keep her from seeing her long divorced parents in a less than platonic situation!) A great example of how age is just a number. As to the food, I felt teased by an imaginary pasta dish throughout the movie. Jake mentions that he scarfs down pasta when given the chance, Jane browses many a pepper and onion at a farmers’ market, Jake and Harley covet a “noodle thing” hidden in Tupperware, and Jane tends to her tomato garden. While I eat pasta much too often (There are both fat spaghetti and macaroni elbows in the fridge right now!), I couldn’t stop thinking about pasta, so I made a tomato sauce.

Tomato Sauce with Cilantro (Salsa de Tomate)

Plain (unseasoned) tomato sauce 16 oz.

White onion 1/2 of one, peeled

Garlic 2 cloves, peeled

Cilantro 1/4 cup, coarsely chopped

Lime juice 2 tbsp

1. In a blender, blend all ingredients.

2. Cook sauce for 10 minutes on medium heat, and serve warm.

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