Posted tagged ‘tomatoes’

The Vegetable Monster Again

September 10, 2011

I took a big bite out of the vegetable monster yesterday. There are some people both young and old who think anything that goes to waste from a garden is a dirty shame. A little of that has rubbed off on to me. In reality, anything that isn’t harvested goes back into the soil. But I still try to use or give away as much as possible. And I hardly ever turn down vegetables offered to me. In the past two days I have frozen and given away tomatoes, froze corn, stuffed myself with corn, and enjoyed fried green tomatoes. I also made scalloped tomatoes.

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Shades of Tomato

September 29, 2010


It the time of year when I have to freeze a quart or two of tomatoes every day, and pick up a bucket of apples, or some will go to waste. It’s also time, if I’m going to taste fried green tomatoes in 2010, I had better make them now, before they all ripen.

Here is a good recipe for using up tomatoes:
Dice up some tomatoes, crush up a bunch of saltine crackers, and mix well. Add fresh herbs if you have them. Parsley is recommend. Mix this up and put it in a greased casserole. Top with parmesan cheese, dot with butter, and bake at 350 until you think it’s ready. Just use your common sense on proportions.

This Year’s Garden :(

June 26, 2010

I got a late start on my garden and didn’t plant any seeds, just purchased plants. These include tomatoes, squash, cucumbers, tomatoes, cabbage, collards, swiss chard, watermelon. I think plants do better if you plant the seeds directly into the soil. These seem to get pummeled by rain and then the sun comes out and scorches them. I know that’s not exactly how it is but it seems that way to me. I also planted flowers, and I intend to go pick up some more herb plants for pots. I always have to try gardening each year even though sometimes it’s not a success.

pasta fazool

April 18, 2010

I can’t cook but I try.  I’ve always liked that song That’s Amore,  Have you ever wondered what is meant by the lyrics that go “when the stars make you drool just like pasta fazool”?

There are many recipes for pasta fazool, which the older generation of Itallians called pasta e fagioli.  It’s a soupy dish, although some versions are a bit thicker.  It’s largely vegetarian but there are a few recipes that call for meat.

So what distinguishes pasta fazool from, say, bean soup?  For one thing, the beans should be white.  And the pasta should be small, like elbow macaroni.  Other ingredients include olive oil, garlic, onion, spices, and tomatoes.  It’s a peasant dish that utilizes an economical source of protein, and definitely a comfort food.  I’m going to make some today.

Tanzanian soup

September 26, 2009

tansoupingrThis is my version of a recipe for Tanzanian soup that was in circulation a few Lents ago in Lutheran churches.  In this area, Lenten services, at least the ones I know about, tend to focus on issues of social justice, world hunger, etc.  One year there were suggested recipes for each of the weeks of Lent, featuring various world cultures.  The idea was to have a soup and sandwich supper and to encourage self examination along with a church service.  The ingredients are rice, beans, fresh tomatoes, onion, garlic, coconut milk, bell pepper, and curry powder (about a half teaspoon).  It is very good and tastes good on a cool fall evening as well as early spring.