Savoring the Season: Roasting and Preserving Paste Tomatoes

Tomatoes are a funny thing.  If you enjoy tomatoes then you are easily lured into growing them.  It can be a rewarding experience, or not.  You will surely learn to share your bounty with Mother Nature and all her friends (BUGS and WORMS).  Last season I was on a kick to preserve my tomato bounty … Continue reading Savoring the Season: Roasting and Preserving Paste Tomatoes

A Simple Summer Tomato Salad with a Vinaigrette Dressing

There is a quote that I suddenly can relate to, that goes something like this....."You are either green and growing, or ripe and rotting"  No doubt that this person grew tomatoes.I am convinced that with a few fresh, simple ingredients you can produce something extraordinary.  My  proof is below.Summer Heirloom Tomato SaladServes 4-6Ingredients:2-3 lbs. summer … Continue reading A Simple Summer Tomato Salad with a Vinaigrette Dressing

Learning to Preserve: Freezing Fresh Tomatoes

Tomatoes are the hit of my summer harvest.  Finding ways to preserve them has been my challenge.  With a little help from my friend and garden buddy Maureen I learned that freezing tomatoes is a fast and easy way to preserve fresh tomatoes.  1. Select fresh garden or farmers market tomatoes that are ripe and at … Continue reading Learning to Preserve: Freezing Fresh Tomatoes

Dirt to Table Experience: Fried Green Tomatoes with a Buttermilk Dipping Sauce

The first time that I had ever heard the words "Fried Green Tomatoes" was the title of the 1991 movie that I absolutely loved.  This was the beginning of my point of reference.  My mind opens and begins to expand around this often viewed southern dish (which is served up in northern states too).Fast forward … Continue reading Dirt to Table Experience: Fried Green Tomatoes with a Buttermilk Dipping Sauce

Keeping it Simple: Creamy Tomato Soup

We often forget that there are simple foods that nourish us body and soul.  What comes to mind is a  bowl of creamy homemade tomato soup.   The only thing that might be missing from this bowl of perfection is a grilled cheese sandwich.Creamy Tomato SoupServes 6Recipe from Cooking LightDirections:1.  Heat a medium saucepan over … Continue reading Keeping it Simple: Creamy Tomato Soup

Sliced Tomatoes with Green Pepper Salsa

Are you feeling Summer yet?Sliced Tomatoes with Green Pepper SalsaServes 8Recipe prepared by Johnathan CoheaIngredients:1 cup chopped green pepper1/4 cup chopped green onions1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro2 teaspoons seeded, chopped jalapeno pepper1/2 teaspoon ground cumin1/4 teaspoon salt2 tablespoons cider vinegar2 cloves garlic, minced1(4-ounce) container alfalfa sprouts4 medium tomatoes, thinly slicedDirections:Arrange alfafa sprouts on a serving … Continue reading Sliced Tomatoes with Green Pepper Salsa