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Posted on 24 June 2012 by

The First Taste of Summer


By Mindy McIntosh-Shetter

Every tomato gardener loves the first days of summer when the weather is warm, soil is moist and the planting conditions are perfect.

I, myself, have to wait until the second week in May before I can get my warm season crops in the ground.

But this year’s unusually warm weather has caused many gardeners to consider breaking with that tradition.

But take heed from a long time gardener, while March may have come in like a lion there is still a lot of weather to get through so do not be fooled or be a fool.

I learned this lesson long ago when I was a beginning gardener and thought I knew everything. I mean, I was in agriculture class in high school and came from a long lineage of farmers, what could go wrong.

Well, that year, everything went wrong. It snowed on Derby Day, which was Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on 09 July 2008 by

Michael\’s Summer Tomato Soup

Recipe: Absolutely Delicious Tomato-Bread Salad - TomatoCasual.comBy Michael Nolan

– 4 large tomatoes
– ½ cup Vidalia onion (any mild, sweet variety will do), chopped
– 3 Tbsp Olive oil
– 1 Tbsp lemon zest, grated
– Fresh basil & rosemary
– 2 cups vegetable stock (you could use chicken if you like)
– Sea salt & Black pepper to taste

1. In a food processor, puree tomatoes until smooth. I leave the peels on, but you can remove the seeds and peels to suit your taste.

2. Sauté onions and fresh rosemary in olive oil over medium heat, approximately 8-10 minutes or until translucent.

3. Lower heat, add lemon zest Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on 18 June 2008 by

Gazpacho Soup

Gazpacho soupBy Thomas Cenci

What better way to celebrate the upcoming summer days, than with a nice bowl of chilled Gazpacho soup.

The classic Andalusian dish is traditionally made with a mortar & pestle.

Week old bread and tomatoes are slowly pounded to a paste, and then combined with the olive oil, and finally the vinegar, whilst tasting all the time to make sure it’s right. The mix is then passed through a sieve so there are no seeds. It is then served up chilled and finished with diced garnish of all the ingredients that went inside.

You can make it the traditional way or if you don’t own a mortar and pestle just follow the recipe below.

– 1 cucumber
– 2 red peppers Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on 11 June 2008 by

Recipe: White Tomato Sorbet

My Thomas Cenci

With this recipe you can literally make a white tomato sorbet out of red tomatoes.

There’s no cheating involved either, all you need is a juicer and some tomatoes (obviously).

Its best used with cherry tomatoes but you can use others if you wanted (it’s just makes it a little pinker). It’s great for those summer dishes and goes extremely well with shellfish like shrimp or crab.

– 2lbs cherry tomatoes Read the rest of this entry »


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