August 22, 2015

Tomatoes at Last

I planted late, but it was worth the wait.

Toasted homegrown tomato and homegrown,
homemade goat cheese sandwich on homemade bread.

Lunch doesn't get any better than this.

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  1. The first tomatoes of the season are something special :-)

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    1. Dawn, that is so true. They are the best tasting of the season!

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  2. Oh stop, yer killin' me!! LOL I'd give anything to be able to enjoy homemade bread sandwiches. ANY bread. The GF life can be limiting, especially when tomatoes come ripe. Looks luscious, Leigh. Yum.

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    1. I am so sorry! It would kill me too to not be able to have wheat bread. It's a hard one to substitute properly.

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  3. It wont be long and we will be able to plant our tomatoes out, can't wait!

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    1. Molly, good to hear from you! I imagine your garden planning is in full swing.

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  4. We just sliced up a big, fat Brandywine last night. I was late as well. I am going to try taking cuttings from these plants and over wintering them in the house. The varieties are SO delicious and they are planted too close together to save any of this seed.

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    1. I tried cuttings last year but must have done something wrong because none of them made it. I hope you blog about that!

      Why do you say they are planted too close together to save any seed? Just curious.

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  5. You've got me thinking about buying a gallon of raw cow's milk and making cheese - something I haven't done since I had dairy goats about a hundred years ago! About how many ounces of mozzarella do you get from a gallon of milk, Leigh? I noticed you mentioned about 5 oz of ricotta from the "leftover" whey, but didn't see a weight for the mozz...thanks!
    And thanks for your nice comment on my blog, about my sketching efforts. I'm having fun with it, but it's still oddly difficult to set aside a tiny amount of time each day and just pick up the pen/pencil. I encourage you to give it a go!
    Oh, and good luck in the crockpot cookbook drawing, too :)

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    1. Thanks! Good question about the mozz; I seem to average about 14 ounces of cheese per gallon of skimmed milk.

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  6. I haven't had breakfast yet, and we are travelling....oh that looks so so good!.

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    1. Dan and I decided this would make an excellent breakfast. :)

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  7. That looks so good! Nothing better than a fresh just picked tomato sandwich, unless of course it's on homemade bread.

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    1. I so agree. Those fresh homegrown tomatoes are like a burst of summer in one's mouth.

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  8. the only way it gets better is if you're sharing with someone you love and who loves you back.

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    1. Aww, That is so true. I'm very fortunate to be able to do that.

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  9. Looks good!!

    We were lucky we got any Tomatoes up here at all this year. Had a few but not nearly enough compared to what we usually get and keep.

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    1. It makes me understand why folks don't want to be farmers - too unpredictable.

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  10. Great picture, Leigh, looks very tasty!

    Fern

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  11. That totally homemade sandwich would make a fantastic breakfast. Or lunch. Or dinner. I grew up (in Illinois farm country) on luscious, old-fashioned, great tasting tomatoes from the garden so at least I have that memory. Up here near the tundra I'll never be able to grow "real" tomatoes (I've tried and tried) until I have some kind of a growing house.

    And all of your tips and recipes for homemade cheese are driving me crazy! I have simply GOT to get on that bandwagon this winter!

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    1. I told Dan the same thing, that it would make a good breakfast sandwich! The only other thing to add would be bacon. :)

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  12. oh - all i can say is bravo! wait a sec - i need to stand up and do it proper - BRAVO! we ate our first yellow zucchini for breakfast this morning. still waiting for the tomatoes to colour - we have a ton but they are just not colouring. we need sun! but me dearie - BRAVO! (that's canadian speak)

    your friend,
    kymber

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    1. I love your Canadian speak! And hurrah for firsts of the gardening season. They are always so special.

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  13. Hi! That looks soooo delicious! My tomatoes are finally starting to ripen also. Nancy

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  14. Wow. I guess not.

    We were up on the North Georgia / South Carolina border and they were selling tomatoes by the road. There was a huge bag for just two dollars. The lady said they were "over ripe" but they sure do taste good.

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    1. That's a fantastic bargain. I would have been tempted to buy a bunch to make pizza sauce!

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  15. I've been out of the loop for a bit and gradually catch up with my favourite blog. But gee, wowee, what a sandwich! If I keep looking at it like this, I'll start blushing. ;)

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    1. Oops, typo. That should read blog(s).

      Darn my over zealous mouse clicking, before proof reading!

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    2. One thing blogger could use would be an edit feature for comments! I've often thought that. :) Glad you're making the rounds again Chris.

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  16. It looks great!! A great tomato sandwich is one of the great satisfactions of the garden. We're getting some nice tomatoes now that I've fenced off the tomato beds from the chickens. Sad that it took me so long to figure that out!

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    1. Mark, good to hear from you! I wouldn't let my chickens in the garden for anything! They unmulch everything, scratch up seedlings, and help themselves to things like tomatoes!

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  17. oh yum! I'm getting tomatoes...so yay! but a fried green one is so tempting right now.

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    1. I confess to already having fried some of the green ones! I couldn't resist. :)

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  18. This looks delicious! We are trying out a new to us variety that my Uncle Bob started this spring: Trip-L-Crop. They are an heirloom and are known to grow quite long, as much as 25' (ours is probably around 10') and are quite good. Kathy

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    1. 25 feet long! Kathy, what in the world are you doing with them? That's amazing.

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