This year, it seems either you HAVE enough tomatoes, thank you…
…or else you don’t.
This year, we don’t. We planted 40 Bradleys and Brandywines and got about ten quarts of tomato juice, total.
However, she DOES have tomato recipes and for those of you who have been blessed, she is willing to share and bless you even more!
Have fun! And use the contact page to let her know if you need more recipes, because, unlike the tomatoes, she does have more recipes. Ha.
So here goes!
FIVE CUP VEGETABLE SALAD
1 cup chopped tomato
1 cup chopped sweet onion
1 cup chopped bell pepper
1 cup chopped cucumber
1 cup Italian dressing
Stir and serve cold. Some like it better the second day.
Into each pint jar, place:
1 whole jalapeno
1 pinch rosemary leaves
1/2 tsp. salt
Fill each jar, then, with blanched and peeled tomatoes.
Apply hot flat and screw band.
Pressure can at 5 lbs. of pressure for 10 minutes.
MY SPAGHETTI SAUCE
2 T. olive oil
1 lb. lean ground beef
1 lb. bulk Italian sausage
2 c. raw sliced mushrooms
1 large onion, chopped
2 or 3 cloves garlic, pressed (or 4) (or 6 or 10)
1 t. powdered cayenne
Cook, stirring, on medium-high until meat is done and crumbly, mushrooms are dark brown, and onion is soft.
Add and stir:
3 T. dried Italian herb mix
Add and stir thoroughly, mashing tomatoes. Simmer for ½ hour:
1 quart canned tomatoes (or about fifteen medium peeled tomatoes)
1 small can tomato paste
Add and stir:
¼ c. Worcestershire sauce
½ c. catsup
several drops of liquid smoke
Add while stirring thoroughly:
2 T. cornstarch mixed with ½ c. water or tomato juice
Continue simmering until sauce thickens. Serve over pasta or spaghetti squash.
2 ¼ c. tomato juice (OR whiz enough whole tomatoes, skin and all, to make that amount)
¼ c. tomato sauce
2 T. butter
Stir into and mix well:
3 c. white flour
1 pkg. yeast
3 T. sugar
1 t. salt
Add and knead:
3 ½ c. – 4 c. more flour
Let rise twice and bake in 2 regular size, greased loaf pans at 375 for 10 minutes and 350 for 30-35 minutes.
Divine for grilled cheese sandwiches!
Okay, that’s all. Love y’all. You can thank me now. 😉
4 thoughts on “Tomatoes. Wow. Not.”
I’m saving and using these, Katharine. Two neighbors have gardens and are gracious to share their fruit. I’m anxious to try your tomato bread…just love grilled cheese with bacon sandwiches. Yum!
All I can say is fry those sammies in real butter! 😉
Is it the heat that has hindered the crop? I love tomatoes, but gave up trying to raise them. Sometimes I beg for them. Sometimes I buy them. My favorite way to eat them is sliced with other fresh vegetables or on BLTs. I’ve never tried tomato bread. Sounds interesting.
No, I don’t think it was the heat. They began wilting in all the rain we had. I think it was not enough sunshine to keep them alive. We experienced this once before, and only our Thai tomatoes (from Thailand, where it rains all the time) did well.
We don’t mind buying veggies, but it is so hard to find any that taste right…