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Everything that has been done has been done by confidence, and nothing can be done without confidence. You cannot dig the earth for gold, if you do not have confidence that the gold is there. You cannot watch the cooking pan, if you do not have confidence that there is something in the pan which the fire has the power to cook.
Tomato Sauce
Total time: 20-30 minutes
6 tbsp. vegetable oil
2 cups finely chopped onion
3 tbsp. minced garlic
1 tbsp. cumin
1 tbsp. salt
¾ tsp. cayenne pepper
1-½ tsp. marjoram
1-½ tsp. basil
1-½ tsp. oregano
2 cups red bell pepper, seeded and finely chopped
6 cups tomatoes, seeded and finely chopped, or crushed tomatoes or puree
¾ cup cilantro or parsley

In a heavy saucepan over medium heat, heat the vegetable oil, add the onions and garlic and sauté for 5-10 minutes, stirring constantly, until golden. Add salt, cayenne, marjoram, basil and oregano, and continue to sauté for 2 more minutes. Add the tomatoes and cilantro or parsley, bring to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer for another 15 minutes. Makes 2 quarts.