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Tomato Feta Salad

11 Aug

It has been so hot most things have dried up in the garden, and the squash bugs finally did in the zucchini.  I have one okra plant that came up and it has been a producer.  The other success story is the tomatoes, and I have high hopes for the second round of green beans.

Shawn reminded me of this salad we used to make at the cafe.  We have cherry tomatoes coming out our ears, and every time I go to my mom’s house she gives me another basketful.  I happened to have some feta in the fridge, so I whipped this up.

Very simple – halve cherry tomatoes, toss with feta, salt, pepper, olive oil, chopped parsley, and lemon juice.  Go easy on the salt at first in case your feta is salty.  I like to rinse the tomatoes after I slice them to get rid of some of the seeds.  It’s best fresh, but it will keep in the fridge.  Since olive oil solidifies when cold, you should bring it to room temperature before serving.

 

Tomato Chutney

17 Aug

roma tomatoA friend gave me this recipe for tomato chutney a few years ago, and I’ve been waiting all summer to get enough tomatoes to make a big batch.  I canned mine, but it will keep up to 2 months in the fridge.  I used Roma tomatoes and hot peppers from the garden.  The dried cranberries came from Nutsonline – my new source for nuts.  Usually dried cranberries look like raisins, just a little bigger.  These were plump and huge – Bella loved them! 

uncooked chutneyHere are the ingredients just before I turned the stove on.  The recipe is so simple – everything goes into the pan, bring to a boil, and simmer 45 minutes.  The only hard part (and it’s not really hard, just time-consuming) is peeling & seeding the tomatoes.

tomato chutney

 

Here’s what is looks like after cooking, in the pan and then in jars.  I tripled the recipe, and it filled 7 pint jars, and 6 1/2 pints, plus a little extra for the fridge.  I processed my jars for 10 minutes.

chutney in jars

 So…what do you do with chutney?  Here are 2 ideas –

  • Chutney Mozzarella Burgers: mix 1/2 c chutney with 1 lb ground beef.  Shape into 4 or 5 balls.  Stick your thumb into the ball, fill indentation with shredded mozzarella, then reshape into a patty. 

Chutney Chicken Sandwich: take your favorite bread, spread with chutney, top with your favorite cheese and grilled chicken or turkey. 

 

Tomato Chutney

Fall Planting

15 Aug

seed packetsI planted my late summer/fall vegetables today: broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, radishes, & mache.  The fall seed selection around here is dismal.  I ordered from Bountiful Gardens.  They had a great selection of open-pollinated seeds at very reasonable prices. 

 

bountyMy zucchini plant is still going strong.  I’m planning one more batch of pickles, plus more grated for the freezer.  I made tomato chutney this week – look for a recipe in a few days.  I also finally harvested enough okra to bother cooking it.  I planted most of my okra too early, and it didn’t come up, so I’ve only got 5 plants.  I’ll plan better next year. 

hot peppersI have tons of hot peppers.  We’ll be having lots of stuffed poblanos in the next few weeks, and I’m going to dry a bunch as well.

The first canteloupe should be ready any day now.  Also a few cucmber stragglers – didn’t get very many this year, but the cukes I got were very good – not a hint of bitterness, and a nice mild, sweet taste.

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