Freshest Tomato Sauce Ever

Freshest Tomato Sauce Ever

My hands smell like fresh tomatoes and basil just picked from the garden… and chopped garlic. Glorious smells. Smells, which say something wonderful is being prepared.

In the time it takes to boil water and cook pasta you can have this wonderful sauce. This is a no-cook sauce. It is so fresh. And it is so simple.

Pull out the food processor. A cutting board and a knife.

Quarter 1.5 pounds of beefsteak tomatoes. I would only use garden ripened tomatoes or ones gotten from a local farmer’s market. The key is to have the tomatoes bursting with flavor.


Put the quartered tomatoes in the food process, add one clove of chopped garlic, some olive, salt, and pepper. Give it a whirl to puree the mixture.

Drain the pasta, spoon the sauce over the pasta, then add the chopped fresh basil mixing gently. Grate some fresh parmesan cheese on the top.

You’ve got dinner. In a flash. And healthy.


The Homegrown Tomato

The Homegrown Tomato

It there anything better than a homegrown tomato?

One just picked off the vine. One that is still warm from the summer’s sun?

I think not.

That is perfection for all of the senses.

Can you ever have enough salsa?

Can you ever have enough salsa?

Why, no, no, you can’t ever have enough salsa. Well, ok, maybe if it isn’t fresh homemade salsa and comes out of the jar.

Warm weather begs for salsa to me. I love the brightness of salsa. The texture of salsa. The smell of salsa. I can make a meal out of fresh salsa and chips.

I love simple salsa. Just tomatoes, white onion, cilantro, chile pepper, garlic, salt, and lime juice chopped fine. Nothing fancy for me.

I’ve been using this recipe from Real Simple magazine for years.

The 2.5 cups get eaten pretty quickly so double the recipe or there will be sad faces.

Everyone in our house loves the salsa.

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Watching the Tomatoes

Watching the Tomatoes

Who doesn’t love fresh, off-the-vine, summer tomatoes? I know I do. We planted tomatoes this spring. I was very anxious about this since when it comes to growing plants I have the thumbs of death. Really. To ensure our tomato plants have a chance at survival, my husband has been growing them. So far successfully.

Very day I go out like an impatient child waiting for a package to arrive look to at the tomatoes. We have loads of green tomatoes. The waiting has begun.  And it is killing me!

I look forward to lovely red tomatoes warmed by the sun to go with my basil growing right next to them.

What is your summer favorite to grow?

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