Making your own marinara sauce is one of those cooking-isms that sounds a lot more complicated than it actually is. Marinara sauce is an Italian-American red sauce usually made with tomatoes, garlic, basil, herbs and onion.
Traditional Italian cuisine utilizes this sauce to complement dishes, while Americans have found use for it as a basic tomato sauce. In Italy, basic tomato sauce is not called marinara, but "salsa al pomodoro" or "pummarola."
I'm going to be up front with you here. Most of the time, when I'm finished cooking, my kitchen looks slightly as though it's been ransacked. When I try to clean as I go, I get distracted from the actual cooking and when that happens, things get burned, abandoned, forgotten or neglected. The majority of my culinary mistakes happened because I just wasn't paying a bit of attention.
Really, I don't want to like boxed wine. Being someone who appreciates quality wine. I don't want to think wine from a box is convenient, economical or practical and I don't want to admit that I've tried it, drank it and went back for seconds. I certainly don't want to admit that I'd spend my hard-earned cash money on it. But I have, did and do. Before you judge me, raise your hand if you have:
a) a very small kitchen with little space to store your cereal, let alone wine.
b) a very small budget, with little money to buy cereal, let alone wine.
Once upon a time, I was in an airport. I was hungry in said airport (why? because I'm ALWAYS hungry, that's why). So, I stopped in a charming little Hudson News boutique planning to buy a Luna bar.
"Planning to" are the operative words here because when I approached the checkout counter the clerk informed me that the bar was $3.95. Yes, four dollars for a granola bar. Honestly, does anyone like Luna bars that much?