I have this Italian music CD that I like to listen to when I'm making my marinara. In truth, I like to listen to it alot more often than when I make marinara! When people have popped in while I'm on one of my random Italian music days I always get a curious look - a look that says something like, "You seriously listen to this stuff on purpose?" And the answer would be, "Yes, I do!" I discovered my affinity for the genre after I purchased a CD for a spaghetti feed that the youth group at our church were having. It was going to be the background music. I wanted to sample it before we used it for the dinner just to make sure that it evoked the mood we were looking for. It passed! I liked it's "mood" so well it has become a regular mood enhancer for myself! Lazy Mary is just a plain, fun, and happy song! And making marinara is a happy occasion!
I always envisioned this long and drawn out process when it came to making my own marinara. Did I really want to stand by the stove, stirring, all day? I tell you that I did not.
Then I watched Giada make some marinara on her Everyday Italian show on the Food Network and it didn't seem as labor intensive as I thought it would be. As a matter of fact it looked pretty easy!