Just yesterday I was talking about preserving the gifts of summer, and here I am with a roundup of tomato recipes that have caught my eye.
To say that this summer I have eaten my weight in fresh tomatoes would be a serious understatement. My parents have a ginormous garden in the country, and this year we have been blessed with the biggest tomato harvest anyone of us can remember. Over the past few months (just as I promised myself in June), I've eaten my way through 50 shades of Caprese. I baked tomatoes with salmon. I made homemade pizza with them. I ate them plain, with honey-mustard vinaigrette, or cooked in ratatouille. Yet somehow, I still can't seem to find the bottom of my tomato basket. No complaining here, but I would really be sad to see them go to waste, if I'm not quick enough.
Lucky thing, I always have my trusted friend Pinterest nearby, to help me come up with ideas on how to can and preserve my favorite summer produce for the upcoming fall and winter months. These are the ideas tempting me the most:
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A simple, but flavorful combination of fresh tomatoes, balsamic vinegar and fresh Italian herbs. It would make a perfect addition to any pasta dish, or even as a dipping sauce for fried or baked Mozzarella sticks - my favorite! (via Completely Delicious)
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I have to admit that I'm cheating a little bit here - I've already made several jars of this jam, and let me tell you, it's a wonder! I would never have thought of pairing tomatoes and peaches together in a jam, but this marriage is surprisingly harmonious and flavorful. So much so, that I've been eating this with a spoon straight from the jar, Nutella-style. A must! (via My Kitchen Affair)
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We all know that tomato and basil go together like Harry and Sally. I should know best: if I'm cooking or baking something with tomatoes, my basil plant is usually not that far from the stove. But I've yet to make a tomato-basil jam. This recipe is simple and straightforward, and I'm already planning to give it a try over the weekend. (via Eat Boutique)
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Clara's blog is one of my most trusted resources when it comes to delicious and easy recipes. The girl can do no wrong in my book, and when she says that this is the perfect Marinara recipe, I'm bound to give it a whirl. I'm thinking of skipping the canning part here, and freezing individual portions instead - they'd be perfect for all the pizza and pasta making that's going to happen in my kitchen as soon as the colder months hit. (via Clara Persis)
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Growing up, we never had store-bought bottled ketchup lounging around the fridge. Both my mom and my grandma made their own homemade versions, so we were usually pretty well stocked with this favorite condiment, I'm thinking of renewing the tradition, and trying my hand at making an artifical-sugar-and-crazy-preservatives-free ketchup this year. (via Live Simply)