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Marcella Hazan, often described as the Julia Child of Italian food, has written some remarkable cookbooks. I own several and they have never steered me wrong. When I needed a lasagne recipe, not being a lasagne fan, it was to Marcella that I turned. It was a remarkable lasagne. Sadly, she passed away in 2013, crushing my dreams of taking one of her cooking classes but she left behind quite the legacy. I’ve been reading about her butter tomato sauce for years yet have never made it. Like many things that receive endless glowing reviews – Harry Potter books, Mad Men, LaLa Land, Chik-Fil-A – I tend to run the other way. If everyone is enthusiastically waxing on and on about something I become suspicious. Misguided? Probably. Cynical? Certainly. This tomato sauce was definitely one of those things. Just four ingredients? How good could it be? How many tomato sauce recipes does one really need? I was pretty sure I was fine. How wrong I was.

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OK, this time it was several bags of peppers, tomatoes, white eggplant and zucchini from the farmers at the market stands around me.  Lugging it all to my car, all I could think about was ratatouille.  Whoo whee ratatouille!  Hot sun, mistral winds, icy cold glasses of rosé, a half eaten bowl of spiced olives and the air scented with lavender.  Except I’m not in Provence.  I’m in Chicago and it’s cold and rainy.  Well, a girl can dream can’t she?

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