Sunday, June 15, 2008


Back from vacation. It was a relaxing week of sleeping, reading, swimming and visiting a most-curious village.

I ate my first tomato sandwich of the year -- Oatnut bread, Hellman's mayo, and a Black Krim, which I can recommend highly. My first BLT was quite acceptable, what with the home-cured bacon. I used a Mortgage Lifter for that, which was good, but I can't say it lived up to the hype.

The garden weathered a nine-day period of 98+ high temps and no rain pretty well, thanks to my gardensitters, one of whom won the raffle prize of the first cantaloupe of the year -- I can't wait to hear how it was. When I got back this afternoon, I picked 7 pounds of tomatoes. Most of those were Principe Borghese, which will get dried in the oven in the next couple of days.

I also picked a Brandywine, a Persimmon (I think) and about 10 of our mystery black tomatoes. Oh, also three skinny white Asian eggplants and a late-breaking artichoke from the second plant that got a late start in the Fall.

And I just finished a dinner of penne with the aforementioned eggplant, a Costoluto Genovese, spinach, and homemade pancetta.

And this concludes my entry for the most-riveting-blog-post-of-the-year award.

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Blogger Stacey said...

How do you decide which tomatoes to dry? How do you store them once you do?

June 16, 2008 6:01 AM  
Blogger Kelly said...


Any tomato classified as paste, roma, or plum is generally good for drying because they're less juicy. They'll keep for a while in the refrigerator, but we also pack them in plastic containers and freeze them -- we were using last year's in sauce and pesto through about February this year.

We planted these Principe Borgheses specifically for drying, but they turned out to be a lot smaller than I expected. I might just opt for a hybrid roma next year. Since the drying concentrates the sweetness, they don't have to be anything special to begin with.

June 16, 2008 10:37 AM  
Blogger Annie in Austin said...

Your photo isriveting, Kelly - what a great crop so far!
No Costolutos or Principes here, but we have a steady supply of Juliets and a grand total of 3 Black Krims.

Annie at the Transplantable Rose

June 16, 2008 11:25 AM  
Blogger Lancashire rose said...

I'm really envious of that tomato crop. Do you completely dry them or just roast?
This is the first year my crop has failed because I was away when the leaf footeds came in. They have destroyed almost all. I think the deer are happy because that's where most are going.
Anyway I am hopeful that my second planting will produce a better fall crop.
I thought it was a no no to put toms. in the fridge. Don't they lose their flavor?

June 19, 2008 6:50 AM  
Blogger Kelly said...

Annie -- Thanks! I've had one Black Krim so far and I think it my be my new favorite.

Jen -- I've been pretty vigilant with the soap spray on the leaf-footers this year, and I'm not seeing as many as usual. I must have killed a few dozen nymphs in the spring, so maybe I dented the population.

Putting fresh tomatoes in the fridge is bad, but I don't think it makes much difference when they're dry. I'll have a full post on drying soon.

June 19, 2008 10:27 AM  

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