I've already gone out and picked tomatoes, squash and zucchini. The tomatoes are about to explode and next week, I can rest assured, will be spent up to my elbows in red stuff. That's okay though. I'm completely out of tomato sauce and that's the one item in my pantry that I feel like I must have. We eat boatloads of tomato sauce!! Of all the produce I can, tomatoes is the biggy. First off, we love spaghetti, but lasagna, chili, pizza, vegetable soup, salsa, ketchup, tomato paste, casseroles and you name it - cannot exist without tomatoes. Then there's crushed tomatoes for my Mexican Breakfast Casserole, whole tomatoes cold as a side, macaroni and tomatoes. Oh my gosh!! We LOVE tomatoes. That doesn't even include fresh sliced tomatoes, BLT's, stir-fried cherry tomatoes, fried green tomatoes, breaded tomatoes, cream cheese-stuffed appetizer tomatoes, tuna-stuffed tomatoes, insulata caprese, and tomatoes in lettuce leaf salads. You want me to go on??? No, I think not. Suffice it to say we cannot live without tomatoes!!! So next week I will be working extremely hard - but no complaints here.
We ended up with approximately 150 ears of corn in the freezer. First time in 3 years we've been able to save our corn from the racoons and the possums. Now we've just got to figure out how to save our pears from the squirrels. They are already chomping down bigtime on them.
I had a gallon baggie chock full of red and yellow cherry tomatoes in the refrigerator and knew that if I let them sit in there until Monday, that some of them would rot; so I washed them and put them all in my food processor and then strained them. Next I put the strained mixture in a pan, added dried basil and oregano, garlic powder, chopped onions, salt, pepper and some olive oil and cooked it down. I also added a tablespoon of the dried vegetable mix I made last season for extra yummy flavor. It made one fine spaghetti sauce. I added some cooked hamburger and then put it all in the frig to cool. There was no need for the hamburger; but as you know, hubby is a meat man!! Supper is accomplished.
My list for next week reads - Can Potatoes and Make Tomato Sauce. I have a feeling that's just about all that's going to be happening for the next couple weeks.