Not bad looking 'Maters. . . .
Up to our elbows in overripe tomatoes!


    Growing up, there were 7 of us (including my parents) there were plenty of mouths to feed so money had to stretch.  Mom was good at doing that.   Meals weren’t fancy but they were always served with a smile and at the family table.  A lot of times she’d make things from scratch; cookies cakes and gravies were seldom from a mix.  And she would occasionally make tomato sauce from paste and dried herbs.  I liked the smell of it cooking.     

The only thing Mom would grow in the back yard (we lived in the city) was rhubarb.  Of all things.  No tomatoes, carrots or radishes. . . but rhubarb.  I can only imagine that it was an easy thing to grow and that Dad liked it .  My brother Frank says it made the house smell funny when it cooked.  I don’t remember that.   

A few more freshly picked. . .
Some Freshly picked ‘maters will rounds out the batch






  I think she’d be pleasantly amused at most of my attempts at cooking.  I don’t do a lot of it; probably to our detriment.   If I’d spend less time messing with this box I probably could do it. . . don’t tell Mom! 


EVOO, Garlic and Onions. . . .

    Anyway, we have been growing a few things as you might have read from other editions of this blog.   And we are currently being overrun with tomatoes.  Some of them have been ripe for a while and needed to be used or else they’d go bad.  So sauce is the answer.  And I remember last year’s version was quite a mess.   I made a few additional preparations to limit the amount of mess as much as I could.   There were plenty of extra towel and rags to wipe my hands and other dribbles as they happened.  (And they did!)   So water was boiled to blanch them; that makes it easier to peel the skin away.    That is such a messy job.  I suppose I could have used a food processor, but why waste electricity doing something you can do yourself?  It wasn’t that hard; just risky considering the time I cut my finger slicing the yellow squash. . . probably should have gotten a stitch, but naaaaa. 


I tried so hard to keep in between the lines. . . .

Tomatoes must have a LOT of water because by the time they cook down to the texture you are accustomed to there is only about half of what you had at the beginning.  Hopefully we’ll have enough tomatoes for another batch.  But the bugs and my lazy gardening “techniques” have not been the best this year.   The plants are really droopy.  They have even knocked over their own cages!  Guess we’ll have to do something stronger next time. 


Ready for Spaghetti!

Thanks for sharing my tomato sauce episode. . . stay tuned for more baby pictures!