Wednesday Q&A – 8/25/21

Welcome to the place where your two bloggers ask each other one question each week. We hope you enjoy them as your learn a bit more about us – sometimes we even learn more about each other!

Ray’s question to Karen:

Q: Is there a particular dish that you prefer to create as you go along rather than working with a recipe?

A: Soup! I almost never use a recipe. Most of the time I just wing it depending on my mood and what I have available. The drawback to this is that as my family can tell you, if it turns out particularly well, enjoy it now, because you’ll likely never have it again!

Karen’s Question to Ray:

Q: Do you add sugar to your homemade spaghetti sauce?

A: That is actually kind of a funny loaded question coming from the history in my home when I was growing up! My mother, who handled all of the cooking during the years when both of my parents worked, would use a bit of baking soda to reduce the acidity. When my father retired he started to help out with cooking and he suddenly decided that sugar was the way to go – they sure had some spirited debates about it too! These debates always ended the same way: “You make your sauce your way and I’ll make mine my way!”

To answer your question, I don’t often add either one because the level of acidity generally doesn’t bother me. When I do find that it needs to be reduced, I have to side with my mother! I can’t say that I have a strong opinion regarding this choice, I think I lean that way because it gives the sauce the familiar flavor that I grew up with.

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