Tomatoes for dinner

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Here's a look at the latest treats from our garden. The first peppers are coming in now, and we've been trying to keep up with a bumper crop of heirloom tomatoes. I know, what a problem to have, right?

We planted four varieties of tomatoes this year: 'Cherokee Purple,' 'Green Zebra,' 'San Marzano,' and 'Gold Medal.' Favorites-wise, I'd rank them in that order, with the 'Cherokees' reigning supreme.

We've been knocking out a lot of these in gazpacho -- a perfect, refreshing meal for hot summer days. We've also had various tomato salads. And here's a tomato stack filled with a tangy chive goat cheese we picked up from the Stonyman Gourmet Farmer. The finishing touch is a homemade chive oil, made by my own resident gourmet, Michael. He creates, and I happily eat!


We made this season's first batch of tomato sauce with the 'San Marzano' tomatoes, and then we promptly taste-tested it for Sunday night's dinner! Mmmm...

We finished off dinner with this fresh nectarine tart I made. There aren't any garden ingredients in there, but it was so pretty I figured it was blog-worthy.

24 Comments:

Blogger Kyle said...

Christa,

That pasta dish, along with the tart, both look amazing. I'm coming to DC next month and I'm thinking maybe I'll just cancel all my plans and reschedule every evening as dinner with you and Mike. Sound good? Okay? Great. :)

(and mike didn't believe me when i said i read every post on this blog... :) )

8:30 PM  
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10:48 PM  
Blogger Botacook said...

I wish I could get such a wonderful harvest if I had a garden (which will hopefully happen, one day)!
And what you cooked for dinner looks scrumptious!

11:08 AM  
Blogger Gardenista said...

Ooooh and ahhhh! How wonderful. You don't know how lucky you are to grow such beautiful veggies! I love the pictures of your delicious food.

3:32 PM  
Anonymous Siren said...

i'm very jealous. I think I must have poor soil. That's what my dad says. You are getting great results in the same area with your heirlooms!!!! wowza.

10:41 AM  
Blogger Wellness Writer said...

Wow! This year I planted my first garden, and I've harvested great tomatoes, Japanese eggplant, strawberries, cucumbers and so forth.

But I'll have to get my husband/chef to try some of your recipes!

1:57 AM  
Anonymous Sara said...

Beautiful! And I bet the tomatoes were as good as they look.

7:35 PM  
Blogger Jo said...

Great harvest. My tomatoes are starting to ripen now, and I have some green peppers on my plant which I'm leaving to ripen red.
The nectarine tart looks delicious.

3:53 PM  
Anonymous Flowers said...

You blog seems to be mouthwatering. It was really tempting going through your blog. Cheers :) Keep it up the good work. Happy Blogging :)

1:23 AM  
Blogger O.I.M said...

what a harvest! my tomatoes are just staring to ripen. my green zebras have been rock hard for weeks...any advice on the perfect time to pick them?
irena

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Anonymous Boracay hotel accommodation said...

That sounds great! Your recipes are quite nutritious. I love it. I like your blog. Keep it up!

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Blogger gumboot goddess said...

Gorgeous! I'm watching my Thai dragon peppers ripen, and can hardly wait!

10:42 PM  
Blogger Maunderer said...

How do you do it?!

7:39 PM  
Blogger Matron said...

Yes, it's that time of year for tomatoes. Thanks for some more ideas of what to do with them all.

3:11 AM  
Anonymous Bill Medifast said...

I wish I still had fresh tomatoes. These look delicious, especially dessert. Great ideas though... my wife would really love me if I cooked this for her :)

Bill M.

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Blogger Shady Gardener said...

Yum! And that tart was definitely blog-worthy! :-) Hope you enjoyed a wonderful Thanksgiving with family and/or friends. Have a great weekend!

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Anonymous Chris and his Tomatoes said...

Hi fellow gardener! I'm venturing into garden crops too. I started with tomatoes.

The pasta creations will follow...

Maybe I should try bell peppers too.

9:14 PM  

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