Spaghetti With Semi-homemade Spicy Tomato Sauce

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Simple hacks to store bought spaghetti sauce makes this a sublime, satisfying meal. I had this first at a Telugu friend’s place – she tweaked a storebought ragu sauce with some Indian spices, and chili powder and I loved it. As a new immigrant who wasn’t used to eating sweetish tomato sauce with pasta, this made it very palatable. Not just palatable, but it became a family favorite, when I added some vegetables – fresh carrots, spinach, broccoli… Try it! It comes in handy on those busy nights, but you won’t feel guilty about opening a jar of store bought sauce.

Gelato: Mango

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After learning to make pizza and gelato in Florence, Italy in April, I finally got around to actually making the gelato a couple of weekends ago.
A few points:
Gelato is Italian ice cream. It has nothing to do with gelatin.
Gelato has more milk, and very little cream. Ergo, less fat, and somehow, an enhanced taste.
It has at the most 4 ingredients, and is very easy to make. It’s a bit denser than ice cream, which I actually like.
I used the Williams Sonoma ice cream maker, you may use whatever tools/methods you typically make ice cream or sorbet with.
For my very first attempt at a frozen dessert, I chose mango flavor. I also stuck with raw sugar, and just 1 ripe mango, as I like it understated and not too sweet.
You may use more flavor, and more sugar. Play with it. We loved the results.