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Tomatoes – Are they more delicious when vine ripened?

The question of whether a home grown tomato tastes better when it’s vine ripened is a bone we could chew on for a long time without having everyone agree on the answer.

I’m not sure — but my guess as to how that saying got started was probably when super market no-taste-tomatoes came on the scene.  As we now know they are bred for […]

February Thoughts of Tomatoes – Especially Roasted Ones

At our house eating fresh tomatoes everyday ended sometime after the first week in January. At that point I had about a dozen nice looking tomatoes left, but they were not ripening.  I started to throw them out (I don’t care for fried green tomatoes), but decided to keep them and see what they would do.

I had to throw away six.  The other […]

A Quick and Delicious Tomato Sauce

Homemade, Easy, and Fast


Ready to serve

In a hurry, but want a really special homemade sauce for your spaghetti or pasta?

If you have fresh tomatoes on hand, here’s a recipe that doesn’t take much preparation time or time in cooking.  The flavor is so good that it can stand on it’s own ——-or you can add olive oil, garlic, vinegar, […]

Tomato, Tomato. How Do I Keep Thee? Let Me Count The Ways!

I had not planned to write anything else on tomatoes this season, but after reading the Organic Gardening newsletter this morning I feel compelled to write again about tomatoes. They are after all the vegetable (fruit) that Americans eat more than any other.

There are so many ways to use fresh tomatoes and so many ways to keep them for winter meals that I’m sure one could write volumes on the subject.

You can tell by the title of this post that I am going to talk about keeping and enjoying them for the winter. —–read more—-

Tomatoes, Cucumbers, & Onions - A Simple Salad

I was pressed for a vegetable for dinner the other night and decided to take the easy way and go for cut-up tomatoes and cucumbers and thinly sliced onions —-all from the garden  — with a little feta cheese crumbled in.  Drizzle with olive oil and a couple of splashes of white wine vinegar, salt and pepper to taste – then toss – and […]

Tomato Sherbet - Serve at a Summer Luncheon or as Part of Your Main Christmas Meal

In thinking about a comment made by Gail, one of my readers, on the post I wrote about keeping tomatoes fresh through December, I thought of another idea I wanted to share with you.  It could bring your tomatoes to the table on Christmas day, but in a slightly different form than fresh sliced.

The recipe is simple, easy and takes about 30 minutes to make. You can make it now —–read more—-

How to Keep Tomatoes through December for Eating Fresh

I read something from Organic Gardening Magazine (via an email) that said ripe tomatoes will keep in the refrigerator several weeks.  I’ve tasted refrigerated tomatoes and found them flavorless and tasteless.

Tomatoes are one of our favorite things and we grow them and enjoy them fresh from July through December and I want them filled with flavor. In 32 years of growing tomatoes I have never kept them in the refrigerator. (I grow about 50 plants a year, this year not included.)

During peak season I keep tomatoes in a single layer flat basket in a cool place with constant air circulation away from direct sunlight.  If the basket fills with ripe tomatoes, I know it’s time to start preparing and freezing for winter use.

I try to keep tomatoes on the vine as long into the season —–read more—-