i’m seein red

over the weekend we picked a mean batch of goodness from the garden – along with these tomatoes:

there were 6 ears of corn, cucs, yellow squash, zucchini and some more spaghetti squash to be enjoyed. i pulled out the rest of the carrots and beetswith the help of our little next door neighbor who has been learning all about farming this summer, via moi – to make room for a second crop of green beans, carrots and beets.

words of wisdom from a 9 year old, “Mel, why don’t you just pour the whole packet of seeds in this one hole, then you don’t have to waste so much time putting just one in allll of these holes!” … priceless :0)

all winter long i have been making sauce with canned whole tomatoes, it does the trick, but it IS NOT quite the same as slicing through sun warmed, freshly picked, home grown tomatoes that you have been nourishing from seeds… enter:

Mel’s Homemade Tomato Sauce

Preheat oven to 400-425 degrees
Slice tomatoes, toss in bowl with olive oil, salt and pepper
Arrange on a baking sheet with parchment paper (skin side down)

Sprinkle onion powder on top (or minced garlic for those who can have it)
Bake for 20-35 mins (however long it takes to get everything mushy)

Grab a couple of handfuls herbs from the garden and dice them up (i use a variation of basil, parsley, sage, thyme, oregano, rosemary, winter savory – depends on the mood i’m in… sometimes its just basil)
Toss the herbs, tomatoes, and another little bit of salt and pepper into a bowl and VOILA!

you’ve got yourself a tasty sauce ready in less than an hour to enjoy over anything your heart desires – or by the spoonful as you can catch me doing :0)  hope you enjoy it as much as we do!

6 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Susan on 2011/08/03 at 10:20

    OMG, we’ll be over the next time you make this with a bottle of RED.



  2. Posted by Susan on 2011/08/03 at 10:38

    Looking forward to dinner!! -S


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