Happy summer! Lindsay Kluge from Ginger Tonic Botanicals here to share my monthly Garden to Table recipe with Suite One Studio. Summer is a time of garden abundance, and this month it's all about tomatoes!
If you keep a summer garden, then you no doubt notice that everything often comes in at once. We plant our tomato and basil plants together as "companion plants" in the garden and they seem to enhance the growth of one another. Plus - we use them together in so many recipes! When our tomato plants start producing those beautiful red tomatoes, it feels so time sensitive to use them up quickly before the squirrels get to them, and once picked they have a relatively short shelf life. Thus, making garden fresh pasta sauce is a go-to activity on summer weekends to use up a ton of tomatoes at once in a recipe that freezes well and is also great for a crowd. Although this recipe may look time consuming, much of this is kind of a "set it and forget it" project that just requires a long cook time that's not necessarily active on your part. Trust me - once it's all finished you'll know it was worth the wait!
Some notes on the recipe: 1) You definitely want to save all of the tomato juice as this gives the sauce the bulk of it's flavor. 2) Adding the sugar is optional, but I find that it cuts the acidity of the tomatoes just enough to balance the flavor. 3). Cook the onions low and slow as this adds additional sweetness and softens them up so you don't even notice them once they're in the sauce. 4) Optionally, you can add in 1 tsp anchovy paste to the finished sauce to give it a well rounded umami flavor.
Tomato Basil Pasta Sauce
5 pounds fresh tomatoes
2 tbsp olive oil
1 yellow onion, coarsely chopped
8 cloves garlic, minced
3/4 tsp red pepper flakes
1 tsp sea salt
1 tbsp oregano
1 tbsp red wine
1 tbsp coconut palm sugar
12-15 fresh basil leaves, coarsely chopped
Bring a large pot of water to a strong boil. Set aside a large bowl filled with ice water.
Gently cut a small X on the bottom of the tomatoes and blanch them in the boiling water for only about 30 seconds. You may only be able to do about 7-8 tomatoes at a time. Remove them from the boiling water and immediately transfer them to the ice water bath and let them chill out here for a few minutes. Once all tomatoes are blanched, remove the skins (this is an easy process - the skins just fall off once they've been in the ice bath) and set the skinned tomatoes aside in a large bowl.
Take a strainer and place over a medium sized bowl. Slice tomatoes in half and scrape out the juicy interior with the seeds into to the strainer. *You want to reserve as much tomato juice as possible while straining out the seeds*. The juice will start to drip down into the bowl. Save the rest of the tomatoes and put aside in another bowl. Once all tomatoes have been scraped of the seeds, press out as much juice as possible with your hands or the back of a spoon, then discard the seeds.
Place the reserved tomato juice in a large pan and simmer down for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add in the remaining skinned tomatoes and simmer together for 1 hour, stirring occasionally. You want to boil off some of the excess water so the sauce isn't too watery.
In another large pan, sauté the onions in olive oil on low heat until they are very tender and soft. Add in the garlic and saute together for 3 minutes. During this time, add the red pepper flakes, salt, oregano, wine and sugar to the tomato sauce. Add in the onions and garlic and stir well. Let simmer together for 20 minutes. Add in the basil during the last 5 minutes of cooking. Serve with summer spaghetti squash or regular noodles.
Optional: Spaghetti Squash
Preheat oven to 375F. Cut the stem off of the squash, then cut the squash lengthwise. Scrape out the seeds. Place face up on a baking dish and drizzle with 1 tsp olive oil. Bake for 45 minutes. Remove from heat, let cool for 10 minutes then scrape out the inside with a fork forming noodles. Serve with the tomato basil sauce.
For more Garden to Table Inspirations:
I'm working on a new seasonal moodboard this week, which means taking down the old moodboard that's carried Suite One Studio halfway through this year. I thought it'd be fun to share a recap of the major design takeaways I noticed while packing up the previous season's inspiration images. It's funny, this board has been hanging over my desk since late last year, but once everything was pulled down and disassembled, the randomness of the images became less noticeable. Instead, there were very clear themes and colors repeated throughout!
Three major color categories emerged: Deep, cool pinks; Vivid blue-greens; and tone on tone neutrals.
Pattern: Leaves (so many leaf motifs! I even found a clipping of rainbow chard just hanging out on my board-- inspiration is everywhere, even in your groceries!), swirling marble, broken geometric lines, and ceramic tiles were also big trends.
Where to spot the inspiration in our Spring Summer 2017 Collection:
In our new glassware line you can spot all these colors! The Peony Pink glasses are nearly the same hue as the bold pink repeated throughout my inspiration images. Interestingly, we initially sampled a green glass but opted for the Regatta Blue when it came down to production. That warm blue still falls perfectly within the lagoon palette of blue-greens from my collected images. Speaking of lagoon palette, there's such a water theme in all these zig-zag, wave, and stripe patterns! Do you see it? And lastly, the Opal White Swirl glasses are totally representing that soft, tone on tone neutral that I found scattered across my moodboard. They bring an elegant sophistication that becomes even more interesting the longer you look.
I want to explore the leaf imagery I saved because I don't think that's been fully realized. And with Greenery named Pantone's color of the year, there's still plenty of green ahead for home design.
Many of the patterns I snipped from magazines are fabulous textures, such as the wood planks, and white on white ceiling tiles in the closeup above. I'll definitely be playing with more texture in the upcoming season. It's such a great way to subtly incorporate pattern!
Tonight's restock is one you'll want to check out, even if you're here in The States preparing for tonight's firework festivities! This special restock features one-of-a-kind originals, samples, and prototypes that you won't catch anywhere else-- including here in the future!
Every new product showcased tonight represents my treasured creative time in the studio. I explored unique glaze combinations, unlikely applications, and meticulous gold luster work to make each piece by hand.
A few of my personal favorites in this assortment are the three cream and sugar sets. I threw each item in the cream and sugar sets on the wheel, altering the rims by hand. I opted to pull handles for a couple pieces, whereas other items remain without a handle, relying on the user to grasp and hold the item more intimately. For one of the sets I looked to the classic silhouette of egg cups, a seldom used tabletop item these days, but one that was once a central accompaniment to polite breakfast dining. This inspiration can be seen on the set below, which has an elevated foot lifting the bowl and mini pitcher from the table surface.
There are also several interesting platters hitting the shop this evening, each an expression of my artistic vision for the table. These pieces are functional, but they're also art. With one-of-a-kind pieces I don't worry about the logistics of expanded production, which necessarily informs a lot of the more commonly stocked products offered in the shop. Each idea is only meant to be made once which offers a special kind of freedom and creativity. As most of these items are extremely time intensive, they won't be added to our regular assortment and they're only available while they last!
I hope you'll enjoy tonight's assortment, released at 7 PM EST. Signup for the newsletter here for a reminder email delivered at approximately 7 PM EST!
A year ago I purchased my first home and began the process of making a drab, beige space feel bright, fresh, and mine. One of the biggest challenges I've faced is how to decorate my living room. It's a weirdly long room with three different doorways, four large windows, and a fireplace with an oversized mantel, making furniture placement tricky and TV placement even trickier. Our temporary (ahem, one year) solution has been to not put a TV in the living room at all. We tucked our TV into the sunroom simply because it was easier, and for the last year we've enjoyed all our favorite shows through an opaque white glare courtesy of the sunroom's wall to wall, floor to ceiling windows. The second I saw Samsung's new, game changing TV I knew my days of TV placement settling were about to end. Say hello to The Frame, a 4K UHD piece of art.
The Frame is designed to work as a thoughtful design piece in any room, which is basically the total opposite of any other TV. Forget about bundles of wires and the stark black rectangle we all pretend we don't notice dominating an entire wall. The Frame becomes a fully integrated addition to your room-- so much so, that I actually used lifestyle shots of The Frame on my living redesign inspiration board! I've added arrows to the image below to show you exactly what I mean. This is a TV that can bring an entire room together, just like a large piece of artwork!
Have you ever seen a TV look so good? Me neither. Now that I know about The Frame my next challenge is to decide where to put one. I have two primary options in my living room. The first is above my mega mantel. I already have a piece of artwork there, so switching that canvas out for what is basically another but which has a built-in TV sounds like a pretty awesome option. The room is #disclaimer a work in progress, I'd need to style my curio cabinets on either side of the mantel/The Frame's new home and finish painting all the crown molding (that was beige!), but otherwise I wouldn't need too much and that's pretty appealing!
The other placement option is to add The Frame into my gallery wall. The Frame comes with over 100 professionally curated works of art plus I could even upload my own. It also has a brightness sensor and automatically adjusts color and brightness to the ambient lighting in the room. I already love this textural number below, so I'd definitely give that a whirl for a while and then switch it out instantly when I want something new and fresh! I can also always easily switch out the frames, as they have interchangeable options like white, light wood and dark wood, giving me that much more flexibility in easily refreshing my space whenever I want.
I love the idea of focusing on a subtle gallery theme, such as travel photos and carrying that same concept onto the selected artwork on The Frame. Right now my gallery wall is an eclectic mix of antique furnishings, small watercolors I painted, travel photos, and sentimental black and white shots. I love that The Frame comes with plenty of art options that could beautifully work with what I already have on display!
Cue the warm weather and cue my appetite for all things cold, fruity and refreshing. By adding Chobani Greek Yogurt to my morning smoothie I can get all that, plus the satisfying benefit of protein and low fat.
This easy smoothie recipe begins with a piña colada inspired base that can be customized in a variety of ways with flavorful additions such as this velvety Mango Coulis (recipe below). Add a banana to the base for a thicker and sweeter version, or chia seeds for texture and added nutritional benefits.
No more hangry mornings. Thanks to the healthy power of Chobani I'm channeling the tropics instead. Continue for the recipes!