10 Great Tomato Recipes

Tomatoes are one of my favorite summer garden vegetables. I love all varieties … red, yellow, Roma, cherry, Big Boy, etc. I could continue listing the types of tomatoes! Thank goodness I have several Farmers Markets and vegetable stands locally. I’m especially thankful I have a generous neighbor who shares his garden abundance with me. Why? Because I’m a complete failure in the gardening category. I’ve tried several times over the years to grow a garden. Let’s just say the result was an exercise in frustration. Tomato Recipes Two of my favorite tomato recipes are: 1. Roasted Tomatoes & Spinach Ravioli 2. Tomato and Corn Salad. But in my wanderings about the internet, I’ve found some fabulous recipes using tomatoes. I’m sharing links to them here for your reference. 3. Oven Sundried Tomatoes from Where Women Cook 4. Shrimp with Mango Salsa from Julia’s Album 5. Crockpot Mexican Tortilla Stack from The Nurturing Cook 6. Creamy Tomato-Balsamic Soup from Pinch of Yum 7. Salami + Mozarella + Grape Tomato snack from Good Life Eats. 8.  8 Can Taco Soup from High Heels and Grills 9. Easy Feta Dip from The Girl Who Ate Everything 10. Goat Cheese and Tomato Sauce from Isabelle at Home Please don’t ask … Continue reading →

Garden Pizza

Pizza, there is no wrong way to make pizza. Have you ever met a pizza you didn’t like? I would have a tough time thinking of a pizza that didn’t manage to attract some diners. Usually, we’re a regular pepperoni and cheese on tomato sauce pizza kind of family. Sometimes we get adventurous and add mushrooms. You see, we’re fairly traditional at our house. Once in a while though, we get a bit crazy with the pizza toppings. I love a veggie pizza. We enjoy meat lover’s pizza. I’ve even charmed my daughter into trying Hawaiian pizza with ham and pineapple. There are several things all those pizza styles have in common: crust, tomato sauce and cheese. My husband is a big fan of these traditional pizza elements.  This weekend I challenged that traditional sensibility by making a pizza without tomato sauce. He liked it. I will admit, that I didn’t eliminate tomatoes altogether from the pizza and I think that’s what won him over. I used some of the slow roasted tomatoes that a gardening friend gave me. (She was overwhelmed with tomatoes already this year!)  Try this recipe and I’ll bet you agree with my husband that it’s … Continue reading →

Apron Free Cooking ~ Too Many Tomatoes? Never!

Syndicated Column from the week of September 16, 2012. This article originally published in the Galion Inquirer on   Some of you may remember that I mentioned this spring I was planting a vegetable patch. It’s no way near a garden. I’ve learned that Farmer’s Markets and the grocery produce section are a much better way for me to get garden style vegetables. I planted green beans, peas, peppers and tomatoes.  I harvested one batch of green beans. There were enough green beans for one supper. At press time, I still have all of three tomatoes that show promise. They are about cherry sized and green as can be. I’m not a good gardener. I’m very grateful that my neighbor is a comparative genius when it comes to gardening.  He has a decent sized plot of land that he fills with all the standard garden vegetables. And they grow. He actually is able to harvest most of what he’s planted! In fact, he’s got so much that he’s invited me to have some tomatoes. Hooray! I like tomatoes. They are great freshly sliced on a bologna sandwich in summer time. They also work well for saving into winter. Now, I’m … Continue reading →