Archive for July, 2012

garden fresh tomato soup « Food « back to her roots

And so we continue with the tomato ideas. We’ve canned them, made sauce, ventured into ketchup and today it’s garden fresh tomato soup « Food « back to her roots.


Cassie’s tomato soup. Hopefully ours turns out as well.


The Dirty Dozen

Use this list to help you at least choose the foods best to switch to organic. Ideally, ALL fruits and veggies should be organic, but if buying such is too cost prohibitive, at least change these.


Conventionally grown peaches, apples, sweet bell peppers, celery, nectarines, strawberries, cherries, pears, imported grapes, spinach, lettuce and potatoes contain the highest levels of pesticides, according to the Environmental Work Group (EWG), a nonprofit research organization in Washington, D.C.


If breathing it kills you, what does eating it do?


Homemade Ketchup from FRESH Tomatoes

We’re trying to do as many different things with our vast quantities of tomatoes as possible. James, our six-year-old is a ketchup fiend and has been pining for us to make some ketchup. While surfing the world-wide-web, I came across this YouTube video from Noreen’s Homestead. It seems like a really simple and easy recipe so we’re going to give it a go. She doesn’t list the ingredients so, if you’d like to try making your own, here’s her ingredients and instructions.

4 lbs fresh very ripe tomatoes cored and cut into chunks

1.5 medium onions quartered

4 cloves garlic roughly chopped

2 tbsp EVOO

1/2 cup Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV)

1 tsp black pepper

2 tsp salt

1/2 – 1 cup sugar/brown sugar/honey/agave nectar (to taste)

1 tsp ground clove

1 tsp ground cardamom

2 tsp paprika

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/tsp mace

1/2 tsp allspice

First saute onion in EVOO until they begin to soften. Add garlic, continue to saute until the garlic browns and onion is translucent. Add tomatoes, ACV and spices. Bring to boil then reduce to a simmer for one hour. She uses an immersion blender to puree in the pot, if you don’t, let it cool then puree in a food processor add sweetener or ACV to taste. Return to a simmer for an additional 30 minutes to thicken. This makes approximately 1.5 pints and can be canned in water bath.

I really enjoyed watching the video as I am a very visual person and it helps me when I follow a recipe or any other new project. Have fun!

An idea for all them ‘maters. Mamas Minutia: A Mandatory Suggestion

Maters. Here in the South, we hold a high regard for garden fresh tomatoes. I long ago boycotted supermarket tomatoes because well, they suck. This year we planted 40 and we now have tomatoes out the wazoo. We’ve even sold a bunch, fed some to the chickens and eaten them for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

This is our first year canning and Katie’s been wanting new ideas for things to do with tomatoes. I came across this blog post about roasting tomatoes and I do believe this will be our project this weekend after we help some friends process their broiler chickens. Check it out.


Mamas Minutia: A Mandatory Suggestion.