You Say Tomato I Say Tomahto!!


Tomatoes, who has tomatoes…I DO!!!!!!!!

My Dad’s garden is producing a plenty, his plants are 8 feet tall and going wild!!!

I have a few pictures here from the beginning stages, they are about 5 to almost 6 foot at this point,
my Dad here is growing, leaf lettuce, kale, peppers, cucumbers, onions, green beans, eggplants and of course Tomatoes!!!
There maybe be more he grows but I can remember, I do know he has another patch that asparagus is in and the green house that things grow too…

11666054_10153314920656438_2145071700432593791_n 11665606_10153314920601438_1139968286137009740_n 11391469_10153314920561438_153863238068122867_n 11180320_10153314920521438_125284806512604321_n 1978911_10153314920481438_8295813812636403610_n


but I just decided to write this blog about tomatoes last night, so I don’t have recent pictures of it 🙂 these picture were about the 2nd week of June

So I have been eating a lot of tomatoes lately, but they have really only been from my Dad’s, I don’t buy them usually, but I do love when I get them from him and his garden.

As anyone knows they just taste better than you can get in the store and it’s really the only eat time I do eat them.
My Mom and Dad will freeze them, stew them, roast them, sauce them, slice them for BLT (which I think they east daily during the summer) and chop them for salads.  Plus whatever else they do with them 🙂

I on the other hand I tend to eat them a little differently 🙂

First I blanch them and remove the skins, I have issues with the skins, that’s all I will say 🙂

Here are a few pictures of ways that I have enjoyed using my Dad’s fresh tomatoes from his garden.

I hope you will enjoy too!!!

Making sauce, in my Vitamix are tomatoes, roasted garlic, some Italian herbs, red pepper flakes and salt.
The Vitamix will also cook it too you let it run about 5-7 minutes and you have hot soup or sauce 🙂


Mixing it all up



Freezing some for winter 🙂

IMG_2804 11800462_10153387039611438_2787259125193853462_n

Cooking some down too


This is the cherry tomatoes, sauteed with garlic, onions and spinach
tossed with the pasta, then fold in some fresh mozzarella pearls
then a drizzle of some balsamic glaze…Delish!!!!


My all time favorite thing in the world is
Polenta with fresh tomatoes and a poached egg!!!
This is heaven for me!!!



another day again…YUMMY!!!


This is my FBT…Fake bacon and tomato 😛


Ran out of the cornmeal to make polenta
So I made couscous instead…Delish too!!!


This was last night’s dinner
tomatoes, roasted garlic tossed with pasta and some fresh mozzarella cubes
I was talking about making this a work…so ladies this is what I made…simple and quick 🙂

IMG_3122 IMG_3120

Oh and here is the kale and I made some kale chips…very good with a
sprinkle of kosher salt and garlic powder 🙂

IMG_2795 IMG_2796

IMG_2798 IMG_2797


Here are couple of links of 2 more of my blogs that I used tomatoes in the past
First up is my Tomato Cobbler – this turned out really really good so if you
want something a little different try this recipe.

 Second is Orzo Salad with Basil, Tomato & Feta – I made this at one
of my outdoor cooking classes last year.

Enjoy the rest of the summer everyone!!!

What’s next here hopefully sooner than later
my trip to Bourbon Country 🙂

25 thoughts on “You Say Tomato I Say Tomahto!!

  1. I love tomatoes! If we have enough from our garden, I will try your tomato sauce recipe to freeze for winter! Usually we eat them all before I get a chance to preserve them in any way, but maybe this year. 🙂

  2. What a glorious garden and the tomatoes look amazing. I plan on getting some tomorrow at the farmers market and hope to freeze so I will have fresh puree for winter. Have a great weekend.

  3. Gorgeous! I love tomato season, unfortunately ours is coming to an end. I’ve been roasting mine in the oven with garlic and blending it into sauce and freezing in quart jars. At least I can enjoy it year round that way. I’ll miss having it freshly sliced on a sandwich though.

  4. Love tomatoes I have been sun drying as I love them and it’s hot enough here to do that. But love your ideas. I got your web site from Celebrating sunshine as your Gravatar doesn’t direct to you so you are losing a lot of hits which is what happened to me until a friendly blogger told me. If you need any help give me a shout 🙂

  5. tomatoes?!… my favourite fruit, ’cause it’s a fruit! 🙂 any time with olive oil… or “nature”! 🙂 btw, if you have some spare seconds, check out my FB-account and you’ll see my latest tart @ Mélanie NB (spicy Mel B) 🙂 lots of hugs & bon appétit! ❤

  6. What a beautiful garden your dad has! You are lucky that you live close enough to be gifted with so many lovely tomatoes. I also can’t get enough of them this time of year. It’s time to clean out my freezer so I have room for sauce before the season comes to an end.

    The polenta with tomatoes and a poached egg looks lovely. There is a restaurant in the “old town” section of Oakland that specializes in that for breakfast, they add a grating of parmesan on the top. Yum.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s