Everyone has their favorite way to eat those fresh tomatoes from the garden. This salad is my go-to. And so far I’ve been averaging enough cucumbers and tomatoes to make a batch every few days.
Cucumber Tomato Salad:
- 2 large cucumbers
- 3 large tomatoes
- 3 green onions or 1/2 small onion
- 1 large green pepper (opt)
- 1 jalapeno (opt)
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And of course the first tomato sandwich, for breakfast. Tomato, lettuce, mayo on homemade bread. Perfect.
Not the best photos, but this was all pre-coffee this morning.
Been a weird growing season this year. I had the tomatoes started in mid-February -because why not have a growing nursery while growing ducklings? And then had them in the ground by first week of May, in walls of water.
So, expectations were there would be tomatoes by 4th of July, if not earlier. Continue reading
Made these tonight, always a great way to grill a burger.
I make these all the time because they really are easy and a great way to have a cheeseburger without losing half the cheese to the grill. And the sweet potato cajun fries are the perfect sweet, spicy combo. Grill some peaches, pears or plums and dinner is done. Enjoy.
On the board tonight:
- Jalapeno-Cheddar Stuffed Burgers
- Kaiser Rolls
- Cajun Sweet Potato Fries
- Grilled Sweet Corn (pull husks back, clean off silk, wash, pull husks up & grill-yum!)
Had just enough pork belly left for a few tacos, a reprise of the BLTs from the other day. These are delicious, I think I like them better in these homemade tortillas than the traditional toasted bread slices.
French Toast Alert System may be activated, but I have my own comfort snow foods. Big pot of soup on the stove:
- 1 lb ground beef (or 1/2 ground beef, 1/2 spicy Italian sausage)
- 1/4 of a small onion, chopped
- 24 oz diced tomatoes (fresh or canned)
- 2 cups loosely packed baby spinach, cleaned
- 8 oz sliced carrots (I use frozen)
- 1 cup green beans
- 1 cup water, more as needed
- 2 tsp crushed garlic
- 1 tsp dried basil, crushed
- 1 tsp dried oregano, crushed
- 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes (opt)
- salt and pepper to taste
- Grated Parmesan for garnish
- spinach chiffonade for garnish
In saucepan, brown ground beef and onions. In a blender, blend together spinach and tomatoes, until smooth*. Add to beef mixture, along with vegetables and spices. Bring to low boil, stirring frequently, reduce heat and let simmer for 15 to 20 minutes. Serve with Parmesan and spinach chiffonade. Makes 4 generous servings.
*Blending the spinach, tomatoes together gives you a nice hearty tomato base for the soup. You can add some additional spinach leaves at the end if you like, letting them get limp but not overcooked.