Wednesday, August 31, 2011

What to do with garden tomatoes part eight

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Tomato pizza with home made pesto and fresh mozzarella

Monday, August 29, 2011

Garden Slowing Down

This is all I picked today. My seven tomato a day habit may be going bye bye.

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Saturday, August 27, 2011

Cream of Zucchini Soup

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Cream of Zucchini Soup

1 onion, caramelized
3 cups of sauteed zucchini
1 small baked potato
1 cup chicken broth
1/2 cup heavy cream

Put all these things in a Vitamix and let it blend on high for four minutes.

Made enough for four first course portions.

Yohboh said it was like liquid squash casserole.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Barefoot Contessa Thoughts

I have a love/hate thing with the Barefoot Contessa.

I have really enjoyed a lot of her recipes. Her smoked salmon deviled eggs are AMAZING! But when I watch her show, I notice she uses a LOT of dishes and pans.

And she does not like cilantro. Who does not like cilantro? I question her palate if she does not like cilantro.

I always imagine she has two maids, Lupe and Inez who call her the heavyset lady who uses too many dishes. And they curse her for making them scrub the mixing bowls, All Clad and sheet pans.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Caprese Salad with Heirloom Tomatoes

Whoever came up with this salad should be canonized. Seriously.

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Sunday, August 21, 2011

If you come to my house

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I will give you as many veggies you want.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Farm Fresh Eggs

In the summer, I do very little cooking. It is too hot. Someone gave us some farm fresh eggs. I ate this one with a sliced German Queen Tomato.

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Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Kidlet Dinner


Chicken Drumstick, four slices of cucumber, four cherry tomatoes, four slices Italian trumpet zucchini. Kidlet has to eat four of every vegetable because she is four years old.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Heirloom Tomatoes

Cherokee Green Tomatoes, Valencia Tomatoes, German Queen Tomatoes, Great White Tomato

Thursday, August 11, 2011

What to do with the garden tomatoes part seven

Chop up some tomatoes on some store bought hummus. Makes store bought hummus taste much better.


Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Valencia Tomatoes

The heirlooms are finally coming in. These are some valencia tomatoes. They are orange!


Sunday, August 7, 2011

Zucchini Brownies

I am actually running out of zucchini because the pestilence that is the squash borer has pretty much destroyed my plants.  But for a final hurrah, I decided to make Zucchini Brownies. The kidlet really liked them.


Zucchini Brownies

1 cup of sugar
1 egg
1 T vanilla
1/4 cup vegetable oil
3 cups of shredded zucchini

1 cup of flour
1/2 cup cocoa
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 tablespoon baking soda

1 cup of chocolate chips

Preheat oven at 350. Grease an 8 x 8 square pan.

Combine the first five ingredients in a medium bowl. Add the next five. Fold the chips. Pour batter into the pan. Bake for 30-45 minutes.

These are fudgy without being dense. Really good microwaved with some ice cream, chocolate syrup and salty peanuts. Should be kept in the fridge.

Friday, August 5, 2011

Volunteer Cantaloupes

Last year I coddled my cantaloupes. I pollinated the flowers with a clean paintbrush and flagged the melons when I would pick them when they were PERFECTLY ripe. I fussed over them, trying to give them as much water as possible.

It was a total disaster. I got TWO melons during the whole growing season. I picked them too early, I picked them too late. There were rotten melons everywhere. This year, these volunteer plants just sprouted where we are growing acorn squash. I ignored them because of last year's fiasco. And on Saturday morning, I smelled the fragrant floral sweet smells of ripe melons. And between the zucchini, butternut and acorn squash I found not one but TWO perfectly ripe melons:


It was like a melon Christmas. And they were delicious and sweet.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Making Marinara

I am so channeling my inner Italian grandmother.


I am not anywhere near Italian but I like to watch Cooking Channel and this recipe was influenced by a few shows I saw on it. I have no idea which shows, but the big thing was the adding of the butter. Wow, made a huge difference.

Minjenah's Marinara

1 large onion, finely chopped
6 cloves of garlic, smashed
6 sweet banana peppers out of the garden, chopped
2T of butter
2 T olive oil
2.5 pounds of garden grown roma tomatoes
1/2 cup red wine
1 6 ounce can of tomato paste
1 T fresh oregano
6 fresh roma tomatoes, roughly chopped

Take the first three ingredients and saute in the olive oil and butter until soft. Blend the tomatoes and red wine and tomato paste until finely pureed. Let this simmer uncovered for about 3 hours. It should be nice and thick. Add the oregano and chopped romas and let it simmer for another half an hour. The chopped romas add a nice chunkiness which I rather liked as well as a bright acidity.

I would show you a picture of the sauce but we ate it all. Some people just dipped it in garlic bread and ate it over the pot.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Summer Meal Smugness

We grew the tomatoes, the squash and the eggplant.