I Heart Tomatoes Archive

My Tomato Garden

April 30, 2017

It’s almost time to plant my tomato garden, if this Minnesota weather ever cooperates. (Today it’s trying to snow.) In Minneapolis I like to plant around Memorial Day weekend, just so the ground is nice and warm.  Read more ›

Barcelona Paella

December 30, 2016

I have never made paella before. It’s one of those dishes that is so specific to Spain, nay to each person in Spain that cooks it, that I felt weird attempting such a dish before tasting it first hand. Read more ›

Tomato Gastrique

May 15, 2016

Last week I had the pleasure of spending an afternoon with Lynn Rossetto Kasper and Sally Swift of The Splendid Table, at a guided tomato tasting event for Muir Glen Organic, the brand I work on.   Read more ›

Spaghetti and Eggs with Fire Roasted Tomato Butter Sauce

April 13, 2016

Ever wonder what I do with all my canned tomatoes or my backyard chicken eggs?  Here are two super easy recipes right out of your pantry: Fire Roasted Tomato Butter Sauce and Spaghetti and Eggs.  Read more ›

Small Batch Bloody Mary Mix

September 4, 2015

I can a lot of heirloom tomatoes. Heirlooms are know for being a bit watery, so after canning the tomato flesh, I am left with loads of juice. What’s a girl to do? Make Bloody Mary Mix, of course. The mix is super easy. Just combine juice with seasonings Read more ›

Tomato Corn Chowder

August 28, 2015

(Repost from a few years go.  Fall seems right around the corner, so it feels fitting.) Tomatoes, corn, potatoes, sweet onions and smoked bacon create a delicious seasonal soup. Fall arrived last night with strong winds and a big cold front.  Read more ›

Southern Tomato Pie

August 20, 2015

My good friend recently threw an end-of-summer hurrah, complete with a giant slip-and-slide, bonfire and an endless spread of picnic eats and drinks.  No one at the party wished to cook, what with the slip-and-slide and all, so easy finger food was the order of the day.  Since my kitchen countertops are overflowing with tomatoes, Read more ›

Extra Smoky Tomato Jam

October 9, 2013

Tomatoes keep straggling into my kitchen from my fall garden, rather scarred, cracked and water-logged. A week of rain and cool temps have left them a little worse for wear, but they gallantly keep right on producing. In my book, the best way to work with these late season tomatoes is to concentrate their flavors by cooking them down into something thick and rich, like Smoky Tomato Jam. Read more ›

Roasted Salsa Verde

September 23, 2013

Oh, salsa verde, how I love thee. Classic sweet, tangy, spicy green goodness all trapped in a jar. When planning my garden last winter I completely forgot to start a tomatillo plant. Silly me. I won’t make the same mistake next year. Luckily my farmer’s market has these in abundance. Read more ›

Dried Tomatoes with Herbs

September 12, 2013

The tomatoes just keep coming.  Minnesota is having a very delayed summer with the heat moving well into September, so my garden is still going strong.  At the moment, I have put up about 36 quarts of tomatoes, 16 pints of salsa, two gallons of dried tomatoes, and more tomatoes are on the way.  I think we’re set for the winter, don’t you?  

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Roasted Garden Salsa

September 3, 2013

I am swimming in tomatoes. There are crates of tomatoes stacked like condominiums in my kitchen, boxes and boxes of tomatoes on the floors and counters, fruit lining every surface. Just when I think I’ve processed my last lug, my partner shows up with a new crate from the garden. Damn my tomato obsession! I know I’ll be happy about it in February, but right now, I’m just treading tomato juice. Read more ›