Daily Archives: September 10, 2012

Smoked Tomatoes

Mrs J saw mention of these on a cooking show the other day and was eager for me to do them in my fancy new smoker.These Romas spent about 2 hours in the smoker, maybe longer.  The box temperature never got very high that I saw, about 150 – 175 but there was plenty of smoke from the cherry wood chips I placed into the smoke box, along with a sprig of fresh rosemary wrapped in foil with holes poked in the packet.  I put the Romas directly on the wire rack in the smoker, halved and cored but with no salt or oil added.  Mrs J sampled one and thought they were done enough – plenty of smoke flavor.  I spread them out on the tray to cool.  The skins pinched right off with no work at all.

I wasn’t sure what to do with them but Mrs J was ready with a suggestion:  Pizza!We did individual pies on onion nan.  This one has a little smear of awesome sauce, chopped smoked tomatoes, sausage, mozzarella, pickled pepper rings, and was garnished with fresh basil and a shake of “imported Parmesan with pizza seasonings” after coming out of the toaster oven.

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No waiting on aisle 2!

We still have a good crowd of hummers but they are starting to thin out.  The numbers will dwindle as they take their leave and head south.  I wonder if the warming will slow their departure dates?  We keep no real records so all we will ever have for an answer will be informed by our fading recollections.  It’s been a good year for hummers after what seemed to be a slow start.  We were making two gallons of nectar for the feeders every day for a stretch, and often had to make more to refill a hard used station.  They had a favorite feeder.

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