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Reaping what DH sowed...

August 2nd, 2012 at 08:33 am



DH loves to garden. He has a very small vegetable garden in our front yard due to the fact our back yard is heavily shaded.

With the drought (sorry, I keeping bringing it up)we weren't sure how well his tomatoes were going to do. We are currently under water restrictions so he can only water three days a week and if we don't get any rain in the next week, that will be cut too.

So, on those three days he waters deeply hoping with the 90+ degree days (they are anticipating 100 or more today), the plants will survive.

We didn't think we would have enough tomatoes for me to make sauce this year. In the past, he plants both cherry tomatoes and then regular tomatoes and when both ripen at the same time, I use the cherry tomatoes to make sauce. In the past, I've been able to freeze some of it for the winter, besides using some of it.

Well, this week we had a bonanza of both tomatoes, so I could make a pot of sauce. My recipes changes based on what I have on hand, but I start out with diced onions and bell peppers and saute them. Then add the tomatoes and cook down and added lots of basil and then some garlic. I then pureed the mixture for a smooth consistency.

It made for a thrifty supper...I cooked some pasta and added some of the tomato sauce for our meal that evening. With the heat, we didn't want a whole lot. With bread and butter and some cottage cheese as a side dish, it was filling. It also made our kitchen smell wonderful.

I had some of the pasta and sauce left over so last night I had a piece of chicken left over so I chunked it and browned it, and cut up vegetables that were in the crisper, and made chicken stew. I had broth in the freezer. I simmered all of this and then added the leftover pasta and tomato sauce. That will make a good meal one evening this week.

5 Responses to “Reaping what DH sowed...”

  1. laura Says:


    YUM!

  2. librarylady Says:

    Sorry about the drought. We had that in Texas last summer. I know how you feel. Your sauce sounds wonderful. How do you peel the tomotoes?

  3. rob62521 Says:

    librarylady -- I didn't peel the tomatoes -- they were cherry tomatoes -- just pureed it all when it was done so didn't seen the skins.

  4. Jerry Says:

    That sounds delicious, and I am glad that you had some insurance that your efforts (and the efforts of the tomato plants, I guess we ought not forget them) could lead to a tasty victory over the drought and hot weather! It really seems like a bad year for that this summer, I have seen it on the news even overseas.
    Jerry

  5. rob62521 Says:

    Thanks, Jerry!

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