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Monday, September 19, 2011

Tomatoes. Finally.....

Our summer this year has been, well, weird. We only had about 3 consistent weeks of warm temperatures and no rain. So, although we have been eating smaller tomatoes throughout the summer, our larger heirlooms are just not ripening. Ahhhhh. They are delicious.
One of my favorite uses for tomatoes is in fresh pico de gallo. It's great with chips, tacos, or as a magnificent accompaniment to rice and beans. Here is how I make mine:

* 2 large tomatoes, chopped
* 1-2 stalks green onion, chopped, or sub any other kind of onion
* juice from 1/2 lime
* 1 jalapeno, diced
* lots of cilantro ( but we love cilantro. a lot.)
* salt and pepper to taste

Mix everything together and enjoy. Having tomatoes on hand and not buying pre-made salsas has helped with this month's goal of reducing my plastic consumption. Fresh pico tastes amazing and only takes a few minutes to whip up.

Are you enjoying tomatoes from your garden? What are your favorite ways to use them?
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  1. Hi; our Norwegian summer was just as strange, but in a different way. We've had the wettest since 1900. Poor tomatoes, they've been struggling all summer. 'Pico' is a new word to me, but it sure looks delicious. I use tomatoes almoust every day, in salads, sauces, on my bread, fill or baked.
    Nice blog!

  2. It has been a rather disappointing summer here in Oregon hasn't it? My tomatoes are just now starting to ripen. The cherry tomatoes are what are doing the best and little Gabriel will not stay away from them!