Today’s guest post comes from Sherrilee
As some of you may know I am a straw bale gardener. I got interested in straw bales after I had determined that I really wanted to grow tomatoes on my own every summer – after someone on the Trail recommended the expose Tomatoland by Barry Estabrook.
I’ve had varying results over the last few years but this summer the tomatoes are doing quite well and have taken over the corner of my yard that is dedicated to my bales. I’m harvesting enough that the occasional tomato that I’m losing to the squirrels is not driving me too crazy and I’m starting to think about ways to preserve them since they are coming off the vines faster than we can eat them.
Yesterday I pulled a whooper off the vine – I’m calling it Tomato-zilla. Unfortunately I don’t know what kind of tomato it is because I didn’t write down what kind of plants I planted and the little stakes have all gone missing.
But here are a couple of dishes we’ve made recently. These are Verily Sherrilee creations, not out of a cookbook, using what was on hand!
Tomato Corn Bean Salad
4 ears of corn from the farmer’s market, kernels cut from cobs
1 can of black beans, rinsed
20 cherry tomatoes, cut in half (we actually have Santa tomatoes in our garden, which are shaped like little tears)
Handful of basil, chopped (basil also from our garden)
About ½ tsp cumin
Salt / pepper
- Mix all the items together. You can add more cumin (or less) to taste.
Roasted Tomato Pasta
4 large leeks from farmer’s market, chopped
1 large clove of garlic, chopped or minced (depends on how you like it)
Handful of basil, chopped
3-4 T. olive oil
4-5 tomatoes, chopped
Olives, pitted & chopped (this is optional)
Cooked pasta of your choice (I used spaghetti)
Parmesan cheese (also optional)
- Sauté the leeks, garlic and basil until the oil is absorbed. Then add tomatoes and let them roast a bit. Add cooked pasta and stir. If you’re going w/ olives and parmesan, you can add them at this point or put them on the table and let folks add themselves to their own dish!
Do you have a favorite summer recipe?