First, make the sauce.
I couldn't help but taste. Over and over.
Olive oil. Onion. Garlic. Dry oregano. Tomatoes. Coarse salt. Cracked black pepper. Parsley. Red wine vinegar.
It reduced. Note how it sticks to the spoon...
"I like ours better." I said.
"Yes, but it's nice to change things up. It's good." He said.
"It is good." I said.
I worried over the oregano. Would it taste like pizza sauce?
"It's subtle." He said.
The tension lifted from my shoulders. My face relaxed.
He (Jamie) wanted me to use four cloves of garlic.
"Four!" I said.
I used one nice-sized clove.
"I used things in proportion to, relative to, the can of tomatoes. Four would have been too much." I said.