Roast tomatoes in the oven for extra-robust tomatoey flavor
Fancy store-bought roasted tomatoes cost a fortune, but making them at home is almost as brainless as turning on the oven (don't forget that). Preheat the oven to 400F, then cut a bunch of Roma tomatoes in half. Put them on a sheet tray covered with foil, cut-side facing up, and drizzle with a bit of olive oil, salt, and pepper. (You can add whole garlic cloves or herbs like rosemary or thyme if you're feeling frisky.) Roast them for about 45 minutes, or until they've begun to caramelize. Then let them cool -- their concentrated, sweet flavor is a delicious addition to soups, stews, pastas, a side for meats, or a topper for those grain bowls all the kids are talking about these days.