Tomatoes smell exactly like summer sunshine. After years of eating anemic, mealy tomatoes from the grocery store, I was blissfully surprised when I first grew my own in college. I love the heft of a sun-ripened heirloom about ready to burst with all that sweetness and warmth....more
It’s nearly December and I’ve just divested my tomato plants of their final fruits. This is indicative of so many things: stupidly warm California weather, lazy gardening, and late fall garden planting, to name a few.Now I’ve got give pounds of mostly green tomatoes to deal with. I’m considering pickling or roasting. Any recipe suggestions?...more
It felt like a near-death experience. Me. Turbo kickboxing after eight months away. Burning chest, raspy breathing, nausea. And my chipper instructor was happily babbling about the weather. While I glared, I somehow absorbed her information: Low 90s this weekend. No way! Too soon.But it's almost June and in Sacramento that spells summer heat.The only thing good about it? The (five month) burst of hot sun will be fabulous for my burgeoning tomato garden....more
Heirloom Tomato SaladI was walking through the produce department at my local Whole Foods Market the other day when I passed the heirloom tomatoes. I literally stopped in my tracks as the smell of fresh tomatoes filled my lungs. They were absolutely beautiful, the brilliant colors catch your eye with their bright yellows, vibrant reds, radiant oranges and luminous greens. I couldn’t help myself I bought five big beauties!...more
There are few things I like better about summer than sweet, ripe tomatoes from the garden. In fact, I've cultivated quite the obsession over the last six years, trying but often failing to get the bumper crop of my dreams.My problems? In no particular order......more
Chris and I entered a Snapguide contest with this recipe. The grand prize was a grill and a bunch of swag, and we really wanted it. We deserved it. We spent a lot of time outside in the sweltering heat, taking pictures and making this dish. We even ran out of gas for the grill in the midst of this operation and had to make a trip to get a refill.