Getting Saucy in the Kitchen

Tomatoes!

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I had to make tomato sauce, and while that was simmering, I made tomato salsa.  While that was refrigerating, I blanched and froze my string beans.  While they were freezing, I saved the rest of the bean seeds to use for next year.  After that, I roasted eggplant to make Baba Ganoush.  While the eggplant were roasting, I grated squash and zucchini to freeze for upcoming breads and cakes.  I then threw a little of the grated squash into the sauce…… Phew!  Getting there – We ought not go hungry, that’s for sure!  Here is the sauce recipe:

Wenz Tomato Sauce

One 6 oz can tomato paste

Fresh tomatoes – I used approximately 12 Plum tomatoes and 5 or so “Early Girls”(once they were blanched and seeded, tomato flesh plus juice equaled about 3 cups)

3 cloves garlic (Lisa gave me a bunch of garlic she grew, in exchange for some eggplant)

1 med-large onion

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Basil, thyme, oregano, salt, pepper to taste

Optional – ¾ lb ground beef, browned

Optional – some grated zucchini and/or summer squash(adds nutrition)

We have vegetarians in the family, so I make the sauce without the meat. 

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The fresh tomatoes need to be plunged in boiling water, then ice water to slide the skins off.  Then the seeds need to come out.  Squishing them up with your hand is the best way to do it, and that is best done over a strainer.  After that, place the tomatoes, tomato juice, and other ingredients in a saucepan or slow cooker for about 3 hours or so(simmer/low setting).

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How about some Salsa?

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No, that’s neither me nor Joel….Here is our version of Salsa-in-the-works(note the little Red Hot Chili Pepper on the left):

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Wenz Salsa

1 medium onion, chopped

3 cloves garlic

2 large ripe red tomatoes, seeded and chopped

3 cups Sun Sugar cherry tomatoes, halved

One hot chili pepper, chopped(I would have added another, but I only had one Lonely Pepper, Sgt.)

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1 Tablespoon minced cilantro

Juice of one small lime

Salt and Pepper to taste

Mix ingredients.  Place in an airtight container in fridge for a couple of hours.  Get out the tortilla chips and Margaritas, and enjoy!

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If anyone has great tomato harvest recipes, I would love to know!  This week, I will feature more of my favorites.

Have a delicious day!

Wendy

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