Harvest season tomato sauce, with an ingredient that takes it up a notch!

This recipe is a gift from growing up in an Italian family who loved to cook and showed their love with every dish served at our table. Many thanks to my grandmother Rose Milito who taught me well! unnamed (2) Roasted Eggplant Tomato Sauce 4 quarts fresh tomatoes 9 medium Japanese eggplants (any variety is fine) 12 cloves garlic thinly sliced 3 medium onions chopped 1 cup olive oil divided 4 tsp kosher salt- divided or to taste 2 tsp pepper divided - or to taste 1 tbls sugar 1 tbls Fresh chopped oregano 1/2 cup chopped Fresh basil Step 1 Roast the eggplant at 425 degrees for approximately 20 minute or until tender Chop the eggplant into small cubes (10-12 cups) toss with 1/2 cup olive oil, 2 tsp salt and 1/2 tsp pepper. Spread evenly on two sheet pans and roast for 20 minutes.

Step 2 Slice the garlic and chop the onion, set aside Step 3 If using cherry tomatoes (as pictured here) cook them until soft with a touch of water. I threw my other tomatoes into the hot tomatoes to peel the skins. Once the large tomatoes start to peel (approximately 3 minutes) remove and let cool. Step 4 Strain and remove the seeds and skin from the cherry tomatoes.  I use my grandmother's Foley food hand crank mill 🙂 --Yields approximately 4 cups of sauce. Remove the skin from the larger tomatoes and crush with your hands. This feels amazing and results in a nice slightly chunky goodness. Combine both the sauce and the crushed tomatoes. You'll have approximately 8 cups of tomato base. Step 5 Sauté the onion and garlic in remaining olive oil. Move slowly until tender. This smells amazing! Add the tomatoes. As an intuitive cook, I added two handfuls of salt (2 tsp) and one of crushed pepper(1 tsp) and 1 tablespoon of sugar. Step 6 Add a bunch of chopped basil and oregano. Be as liberal as you like. This is where the flavor lives. Step 7 Add the roasted eggplant and enjoy a warm bowl of golden yumminess--this is as good as it gets!  And with all the abundance available at the Ithaca Farmer's Market, count your lucky stars for living so close, or for having the opportunity to come visit. life is good, our market is abundant.