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Posted on 28 June 2012 by tomatocasual.com

Growing Tomatoes Anywhere- DIY Upside Down Planter

By Mindy McIntosh-Shetter

For some individuals, growing tomatoes can be a challenge.

Space and time are some of the top reasons why people do not grow them.

Another reason is experience and while tomatoes are known to be an easy plant to grow, there still exist brown thumb gardeners that fail at this task.

To help those individuals with brown thumbs and those who say they do not have the space, a simple gardening project has been designed and it all starts with getting to know your local pizza company.

One may wonder why a pizza company, well the answer is simple.

Pizza companies go through a lot of tomato sauce and the buckets that the sauce comes in are perfect for planters. They are plenty deep and the plastic is food grade, which is very important when one is using plastic containers to hold plants that will be eaten.

To begin this process, starts with drilling a hole in the bottom of the container. The hole needs to Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted on 12 October 2011 by tomatocasual.com

My Mother\’s Breakfast Memory

By Mindy McIntosh-Shetter

The other day, I saw a commercial on TV for a fast food restaurant advertising breakfast.

This commercial was produced as if this restaurant had invented the most important meal of the day.

I had seen this commercial before and had laughed at one particular item.

This item was in my family’s history and served to my mom and her best friend during the depression.

This fact made me think of how much things have changed and how much they have remained the same.

My mother grew up in a large city in Kentucky. Her parents raised rabbits and ducks for food but nothing else. My mother’s grandmother was the gardener. Her yard, which was right next to my mother’s, was filled with nut trees, flowers, vegetables and herbs. Summers were spent picking Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted on 20 September 2010 by tomatocasual.com

Tomato Consomme

consumeBy David Harbilas

As old fashioned as consommé may seem to be it is in fact a study in technique and patience.

Technique, however, is at times another way of saying “leave it alone,” since in this case all that is needed is a well-made stock and the time to let a slow simmer transform it into something unique.

The base is made with roasted tomatoes, and the clarifying agent is made with raw tomatoes, which don’t need to be the best quality you can find.

Makes about 2 quarts consommé

for the roasted tomato stock:

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Posted on 18 September 2010 by tomatocasual.com

Roasted Tomato-Shallot Cream

shallotBy David Harbilas

This sauce is a derivation of the “best ever roasted tomato sauce” from an earlier post.

French cuisine taught us much about utilizing basic sauces for more complicated recipes, and much like the “mother” tomato sauce, the basic roasted tomato sauce serves as a base for this one.

It requires little else than adding heavy cream and pureed roasted shallots, but it tastes as though it was invented entirely for its own purpose.

Makes about 2 cups of sauce

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Posted on 22 February 2009 by tomatocasual.com

Recipe: Pork, Italian Green Beans, and Potatoes in Tomato Sauce

recipeBy Michelle Fabio

If you’re in the northern hemisphere, I hope the winter is easing a bit and allowing you to start thinking about planting your tomatoes.

But if you’re experiencing weather like we’re having in southern Italy, though, it’s still time for canned tomatoes and hearty dishes like this one – one of my absolute recipes from my Italian grandmother:

Pork, Italian Green Beans, and Potatoes in Tomato Sauce

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 pound of pork ribs (or other cut on the bone)
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 large can and 1 small can of Read the rest of this entry »
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Posted on 12 January 2009 by tomatocasual.com

Crafty Tomato

tomato-hatBy Vanessa Richins

Last October Kira Hamman wrote about some tomato-related crafts you could work on this fall and winter as you wait for tomato growing season to start again. It’s that time of year again, so I thought I would scour the net for some more nifty tomato craft projects.

The Psychotic Tomato

If you missed this the first time, be sure to check Goodness. I’m not even quite sure what to say about this project. It’s basically a tomato with one large eyeball. Who doesn’t want that in their house, right? (I do want one, actually!)

Vintage Tomato Potholder

I think it is always good to have a lot of potholders on hand. With this pattern you can crochet your own set of vintage tomato potholders.

Edible Tomato Hat

A few years back I discovered Read the rest of this entry »

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