Then we toasted to her long life and many memories. And we laughed. She would have loved it. We sure did!
I'll leave you with our recipe for Sicilian tomato sauce since we are SURE of how to make it:
1 28 oz can crushed (or whole) tomatoes
2 cans tomato paste
1 small onion
1 clove garlic
3 tablespoons olive oil
3 tablespoons sugar 1 teaspoon fresh basil, chopped
1/2 teaspoon oregano
Salt and pepper
Sautee onions and garlic in the olive oil until translucent. Stir in the tomato paste. Fill the two empty tomato paste cans with water and pour them in. Stir well. Add the large can of crushed tomatoes. (If using the whole tomatoes be sure to squeeze the tomatoes in your hand until crushed like a good Sicilian would do) Fill half of that can with water and add to sauce. Add the basil and oregano. Add the sugar. Salt and pepper to taste. Simmer for 2 hours, stirring occasionally. Add any meats (meatballs, ground beef, or Italian sausage) for the last additional hour and simmer.
Your whole house will smell delizioso!