My Favorite Recipes to Use All Those Garden Fresh Tomatoes
OK, I realize that is a really long blog title, but it describes exactly what I want to present. If you plant tomatoes in your garden, then you know how many tomatoes one plant can give you. Of course, one option is to create a number of sauces that you can then can, but don't you want to enjoy them fresh and off the vine. This is when they are packed full of flavor. That delicious, sweet flavor you never get from a grocery store tomato. Here are just some of the recipes that I like to make with my bowls full of tomatoes.
Simple Summer Garden Kale
One of the best things about summer cooking is how simple it can be. With so many fresh ingredients abound, you don't need to do much to them to get a flavor filled dish. This is especially true when the ingredients come from your garden. Kale was one of the many things that we planted this spring and started enjoying over the last couple of weeks. I know there are an endless number of recipes online for kale, but I like to keep it very simple with some red onion and vinegar. It's also hard to get much cheaper than a side dish from your garden.
Rainy Day Recipes
All the spring rain we've been getting and that they are calling for in the coming weeks, got me to thinking about the perfect rainy day meal. What is your go to on a cold, rainy spring day? Do you have something that you always crave. A good classic is of course grilled cheese and tomato soup, but there has to be more then that. I don't personally have a go to, so I thought I would put together a list that I can reference forever and ever. Hopefully the recipes below will entice you too on a rainy day, or any day really.
I realize that this is such a simple recipe that it can hardly be called a recipe, but I figure that unless you are from the western New York area, you probably don't know what salt potatoes are. And you are really missing out. I understand that you generally put salt in your water when cooking potatoes, but not like this. These potatoes use an excessive amount of salt in the boiling water, then once they are tender they are topped with excessive amounts of butter. This is not a healthy side dish by any means, but it is simple and delicious. As my dad recently said, "I don't know what makes them better, the salt or the butter." I think it is the combination of the two with the creamy little yellow potatoes.
Clementine and Sage Roasted Chicken
When you are trying to eat on a budget roasting a whole chicken is a great way to go. It is simple, you can feed a whole family or even get at least a couple of meals out of it if there are less of you. Whole chickens are also inexpensive per pound. When on sale you can get them for $.88 to $.99 a pound. I got this clementine and sage idea at Thanksgiving. They were two of the ingredients that I put into my turkey this year and it was delicious. Once it comes out the oven you can finish it with a quick gravy or just enjoy it as is.