Thursday, September 4, 2008

Tomato Love, continued...

We have an obvious love for tomatoes around here.

That said, with all the travel we had planned for the summer, we decided to only plant four tomato plants in the garden this year (for fear we would be too overwhelmed when it came time to harvest). Now, I am lamenting that decision and wish we had a few more plants to pick from.

Still, Zeal is sooooo happy about his many ripe tomatoes that are just about ready to fall off their vines. We earnestly have been gathering and cooking up some sauce to enjoy right now. Too bad there won't be enough for some winter batches too. There's always next year, I suppose.

Easy Marinara sauce:
Drop tomatoes in Boiling water and blanch for about 30 seconds. Transfer to cold water and remove skins.

Sauté onions and garlic in an oiled pan. Add tomatoes, bring to a boil, and let simmer for a few hours, until reduced by about a third.

Makes a great dip or sauce that ALWAYS beats the stuff that comes in the jar!

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