Sunday, July 26, 2009

From the back yard garden spot

I decided to see what was out in the garden this afternoon...and thought I would show you what I brought in...
or most of it. I did gather a few more full-sized tomatoes but did not try to fit them in the picture.
I could not believe all the cherry tomatoes...they are big cherry but little when compared to a regular tomato.
I have never used them to make salsa, but they seem to have lots of flavor. And I actually used enough of the Super Fantastic tomatoes to make more than half the salsa. So, it should have lots of flavor. My salsa has a lot of juice, which is what I like. I just hope I get to can several more jars.

As for the bell peppers, we cleaned them and I cut them into strips. I put a handful in a sandwich baggie and close the flap. Then I place all the pepper filled sandwich baggies into a large gallon sized Ziploc baggie and freeze for later use. I use them in chili and sometimes spaghetti sauce. And instead of making stuffed peppers, I make a bell pepper casserole. I also will use them in stir-fry if I don't have a fresh one available.

I sure enjoy eating tomatoes straight from the garden...right now I am eating them with salt. Later I will start using Italian salad dressing part of the time. And have you ever taken your favorite veggies-- in my case it is tomatoes, cucumbers, cauliflower, onions, bell peppers--anyway, cut them in bite sized pieces. Use a big bowl that has a lid, and cover with Italian dressing....let soak over night preferably. They are so yummy and refreshing on a hot summer day.

16 comments:

Mary said...

That all looks sooooooo good!

George said...

You definitely have a green thumb. The salso looks delicious. I'd like to try your suggestion for veggies and Italian salad dressing. Sounds yummy.

Jacob said...

Omigod! That's incredible. I was eating cherries and grapes from the supermarket today and they were all sour! Yuk. The tomatoes are woody with no taste. The "fresh" peaches from Georgia, had the flavor of Styrofoam!

I guess I should start a garden!

Carletta said...

Looks my garden Rose!
I took some photos for my Nature Notes post later in the week.
I do the same with my bell peppers. I had 18 sandwich bags this past week.
I'm curious about the casserole. Sounds like a good idea.

Judy said...

Oh YUM!!! Your salsa looks great! Would you share your recipe? :)

don said...

I enjoyed seeing the peppers and tomatoes from your garden. The salsa looks yummy! You have a good way of using the produce all winter too. Nice series.

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Hi Rose, there is nothing better than eating a home-grown tomato... I also put salt on mine--but love it with a plate of home-made green beans and red potatoes. YUMMMY!!!!

I like freezing green peppers also--and using them as needed during the year. We love peppers and onions in omelets.

Have a great day with Bright Eyes.
Hugs,
Betsy

Luke said...

Chips and salsa sound so good right now! The fresh peppers and tomatoes look good by themselves!

Your EG Tour Guide said...

Thanks for the recipe, Rose. Sounds very, very good!

Leedra said...

You make me wish we had a garden this year. Jimmy knew with his travels he would not have the time this year.

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Barb said...

Those are beautiful veggies...you must have a wonderful growing season this year to go along with your obvious hard work! I love the look of your salsa, so pretty in the jars makes me very hungry ☺! Have a great week!

TSannie said...

YUMMY a thousand times over!

D said...

BEAUTIFUL! I tried some salsa this year and it didn't taste quite right. Do you cook yours? I just chopped all the ingredients and ate it raw. There is nothing better than a warm garden tomato fresh off the vine!

Tricia said...

Yikes! I'll take a couple of all of it! hehehe It all looks sooooo good!

Michele- Rocky Mountain Retreat said...

OH WOW.... this all looks absolutely scrumptious!!

This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

Rose: The bounty of the garden is so neat.

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