While that dream remains a future possibility, I've got some experience cooking, fortified by a few adult education classes at the Culinary Institute of America during the 1980s. In thanks to them, and as my first gift to the Internet community, here's my recipe for home-made spaghetti sauce. I learned it from my Mother, and have modified it with experience over the past forty years. It takes time.
Sharpen your knives.
Prepare the stock
Marrow bones, 1#
Peeled turnip in medium dice, 1/2 #
Peeled parsnip in medium dice, 1/2 #
Carrots in medium dice, 1/2 #
Large Spanish or vidalia onion coarsely chopped
Two leeks, rinsed and coarsely chopped (white and green parts)
Three celery ribs, coarsely chopped
Roast vegetables under broiler until lightly toasted, five to ten minutes.
Put marrow bones and roasted ingredients in large stock pot and fill with cold water.
Slowly bring to boil.
Simmer 3 hours, skimming regularly.
Strain through a fine sieve and reserve stock.
Yield: 2 qts
Note that this stock can be reduced considerably and yields a wonderful consomme.
Two large cans whole tomatoes
Large can tomato paste (I prefer Contadina) (12 oz)
Peeled turnip in small dice 1/2 #
Peeled parsnip in small dice 1/2 #
Peeled carrots in small dice 1/2 #
Large Spanish or Vidalia onion chopped medium
Three peeled garlic cloves, minced
Two leeks, washed and trimmed, chopped medium (whites only)
Two celery ribs, peeled, in small dice
Chopped meat (ground beef or pork) 1#
Sweet Italian Sausage 1 #
Bring stock to a medium boil
To prepare the tomatoes, pour off the liquid and reserve. Rinse the tomatoes under cool water, removing the skin, the ribs, the seeds, and the clear gelatinous material surrounding the seeds. These make the sauce bitter.
Add root vegetables
Add bouquet garni (peppercorns, Bay leaf, parsley, oregano, basil)
Add to boiling stock.
Brown meats and add to stock.
Let simmer two to three hours.
Salt and pepper to taste.
Note that this sauce improves after being refrigerated overnight. It can be frozen, as well. I generally make four times this amount and freeze the extra for later dinners.
For dinner, serve with a leafy green salad, garlic bread, grated Romano or Parmesan cheese, and a red wine (good for the heart) - my preference is the Gaja Barbaresco but even a simple Chianti will work well.