This year I decided to get a whole box of tomatoes and start making some sauce. Spaghetti sauce is a favorite around our house and last year we discovered that we really like the homemade stuff better then the store bought stuff. So this year my mission was to make enough sauce to last us through the winter. I started with a full box of tomatoes (they were seconds so there were a few spots in them but nothing terrible).DSCN4443

I cut all of the tomatoes up but I had to do it in shifts because they wouldn’t’ all fit in the pan at the same time. I think I filled the pot four times total that day!
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We ended up with 20 containers of spaghetti sauce but let’s see how long it lasts. DSCN4446

I even made fun labels for the tops of the containers! (I do have a problem of putting things in containers and then I don’t know what is in there so it was good to put labels on containers!) DSCN4447

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Holy cow I made these a long time ago but they were awesome options!

I made some refrigerator pickles. I had to get a big container because I didn’t have one big enough.  Once I finally got the container, I cut up all of the cucumbers, then I cut up jalapenos and banana peppers. Once I had everything in the container I just started pouring vinegar. I used some apple cider vinegar and then used the rest regular vinegar. I put in some fresh dill, some dill seed, a little bit of sugar, and some pepper. The pickles are spicy but awesome!

We’ve had them on everything from hamburgers to fish sandwiches to just eating them. So very good!
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Item number two was Cantaloupe Sorbet. I don’t remember exactly what I did but I am pretty sure that I just blended the cantaloupe until it was pretty much liquid and then I added a little bit of  vodka so that it wouldn’t freeze all the way and a little bit of sugar water. It is very excellent. DSCN4438

One of my favorite things about summer is the amount of tomatoes that we get from the farm. When I lived at home, we had family members that always ended up giving us a good amount of vegetables that they worked so hard to raise. It was awesome. I also really like salsa.

I had found a recipe on The Pioneer Woman that quickly became one of my favorite recipes for salsa. I wanted to try to make it even more fresh then using the can of tomatoes and I feel like I accomplished it for the most part. I did roast the tomatoes to get them some what like what they come out of the can and so they would crush a little better.

It turned out pretty good but I think I added a few too many fresh jalapenos in it though.  I really enjoyed it but I think it is a little too spicy for the mister.

Last week for some reason I didn’t make a lot of food. It wasn’t that we weren’t home I just didn’t cook a lot. I did make a couple of dishes though and they turned out very good. One was a classic that I was hoping that I didn’t screw up, the second was a salad that I decided to try, and the third was one that I was trying to make something that we weren’t crazy about into something that we would like!

 

We have started getting a lot of potatoes from the farm recently. I had a few left over from the last time I had gotten some and then we got more last week. That called for my very favorite, German Potato Salad. The German Potato Salad that I make is a recipe that was passed down from my great-grandmother. I remember her making it when I was little for big family gatherings and everyone trying to get a little bit of it. So good. Sorry, I’m not giving this recipe away!

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The second I wanted to try was a salad. I knew that we had all of the ingredients since we have been getting a lot of this from the farm. The only thing I had to get was the avocado. The dressing that I put on this was a Lemon, Parsley Vinaigrette. It was very very good! I found the recipe here.
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The last dish that I decided to try was one that I was really just trying to make eggplant more enjoyable for both of us. Sean and I have adjusted to eating some eggplant but I am still trying to find ways that make us enjoy eating it. This recipe turned out pretty good actually. Eggplant pizza. I cooked the eggplant in the oven for about 15 -20 minutes until it was soft but not mushy. I then topped it with pizza sauce, pepperonis, and cheese. I put it back in the oven for about 10 minutes to melt everything. Once I had it all melted I actually just packed these up for lunches in small containers. Even heating them up has been pretty good and it is a good combination of food!
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Maybe over the next week I will make a few more dishes with our farm food!

We did not really fix much from the farm this week. It was just one of those weeks.

The first thing we fixed was a simple pasta with zucchini. We topped it with oil, parmesan cheese and  red pepper flakes. It was really good!
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The other dish that I fixed was an experiment. I fixed a Frosted Crab Soup. It is a tomato cream based soup that is served over a lump of crab and cold. Let’s just say that since you aren’t seeing pictures you can imagine what Sean and my reaction were to this soup. It was not very good.  I wish I could say that it was better then what it was but it just was not good.

Next week I might have a few more dishes to show.

 

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