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The Tomatoes on your Window Sill

FIVE RECIPES TO USE UP THE TOMATOES ON YOUR WINDOW SILL

Last January, you pined for fresh warm tomatoes plucked from your own backyard. Well now you have them! Here are five easy and delicious ways to enjoy the bounty.

1. Freeze perfect  tomatoes whole.

Just wash and dry them. Freeze on cookie sheets and then transfer to plastic bags.  This EZ idea came from my Aunt Rose!

2. Delicious Tomato Sauce

Peel or don’t peel the tomatoes, but do core them and squeeze out some of the seeds.  Heat 2-4 tablespoons of olive oil in a nonreactive skillet, AKA stainless steel.  Coarsely chop the tomatoes into the pan and heat slowly. Add 2-4 cloves of crushed garlic depending on your taste and the number of tomatoes you’re using. When the tomatoes are cooked until soft and somewhat reduced, add salt to taste. and if you like, add some brie.  Serve over pasta or quinoa.  Yummy!

3. Tomato Confit

Peel or don’t peel the tomatoes, but do core them and squeeze out some of the seeds.  Heat 2-4 tablespoons of olive oil in a nonreactive skillet, AKA stainless steel.  Coarsely chop the tomatoes into the pan and heat slowly. Add 2-4 cloves of crushed garlic depending on your taste and the number of tomatoes you’re using. When the tomatoes are cooked until soft and somewhat reduced, add salt to taste. Prepare to stay in the kitchen, maybe on the phone, while constantly stirring the mixture over very low heat till it is reduced  to a paste-like consistency. You may need to add a bit more oil.  Don’t burn it! Great as a a bruschetta spread.  Freeze if you like!

4. Stuffed and Baked  

Core tomatoes. squeeze out some seeds and juice.  Melt a significant amount of butter (3- 4 tablespoons) with 2-3 cloves of crushed garlic. Add to a mixture of parmesan cheese and breadcrumbs.  Add parsley and black pepper to taste. Stuff tomatoes and top with a dollop of butter. Bake at  375 till done, 20 minutes or so. If not brown on top, consider running them under the broiler for a minute or two,  Enjoy!

5. French Canadian Tomato and Milk Soup 

Sauté 1 medium chopped onion in 1  1/2 tablespoons of butter over low heat for about 5 minutes. Add 1 teaspoon sugar and 5 skinned, chunked up tomatoes.  Remove from heat, add 1/8 teaspoon baking soda and stir well. Add 2 cups of milk and heat slowly till milk gets hot. Do not boil.  My Mom always added some cooked elbow macaroni to this delicious soup.  Enjoy!!

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