This isn't my mom's pizza sauce recipe, but then I haven't had access to her bounty of garden-fresh tomatoes since we moved from small town, Ohio to the Seattle area. Whether it's apartment life or the tall trees that now shade most of our yard or the cool climate of the Pacific Northwest, I've been finding excuses to not grow tomatoes or even get out to buy tomatoes to make my own pizza sauce.
Now, I think it's totally fine to not make homemade pizza sauce... if you like the stuff from the store... which I don't really.
Yet I get these weird mental blocks where I feel like I just can't do something even when I've done it before and I know I could... if I would. Making pies has always been that challenge for me.
Recently, it's been my homemade wheat bread. I know, really! Me, the queen of homemade bread. I don't like bread from the store at all, but the last time I made my 100% whole wheat bread it flopped. Again. Seattle weather doesn't seem to be a friend to 100% whole wheat bread.
I'm going to try again, after I convince myself it will be okay and probably even turn out great. I can do this, I can do this... (Anyone else in the PNW have problems with 100% whole wheat bread??)
So back to the sauce. I finally pulled out an old recipe from a not-old friend, Sheri. (She's been mentioned here before; this post has links to some of my recipes that were from Sheri or created by Sheri!)
I hadn't made her chunky pizza sauce in 8+ years, but I made it again last month. It's actually easy to make. How could I think cooking from the pantry would be difficult, exactly? I don't know. ;)
At any rate, I'm hopefully pushing through that "can't make pizza sauce without my mom" issue, especially since I got organic canned tomatoes buy-one-get-one-free at Costco last month. And since homemade pizza sauce is just so good. :)
Have you encountered any cooking-related mental blocks lately? Dishes don't count. ;)