Organic Tomatoes

Date: 9/29/08
Common Name: Organic Beefsteak Tomatoes
Location Grown: IL (one of 50 local farms)
Obtained From: Fresh Picks
Use: Tomato sauce

Date: 9/29/08
Common Name: Organic Yellow Tomatoes
Location Grown: IL (one of 50 local farms)
Obtained From: Fresh Picks (delivered right to my door)
Use: Tomato sauce

Other:  There are so many seeds in each tomato.  I do not know if beefsteaks are hybrid (gotta check that), but I suspect they are, just given their size.  I have been thinking about extending the use of tomato plants that do not produce fruit.  When you rub a tomato plant and smell your hands, that is one of my favorite smells.  I would like to learn to make tomato oil/essence and make tomato soap.  A drop of that smell in salad dressing, in the middle of winter, that would bring a sense of summer back.

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Salsa

Date: 9/29/08
Common Name: Jalapeno Pepper
Location Grown: Raised beds in SAIC courtyard
Obtained From: SAIC courtyard
Use: Salsa

Date: 9/29/08
Common Name: Organic Lemon
Location Grown: Farm in Illinois
Obtained From: Fresh Picks
Use: Salsa

Date: 9/29/08
Common Name: Organic Lemon
Location Grown: Farm in Illinois
Obtained From: Fresh Picks
Use: Salsa

We started getting organic veggies delivery weekly from Fresh Picks.  I have been saving all the plastic I cannot resure for the last year. It will become a year-long length of rope in January.  Having veggies delivered in a box had greatly reduced the amount of plastic that moves through the house.

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Eggplant

Date: 10/1/08
Common Name: Organic Lemon
Location Grown: Farm in Illinois
Obtained From: Fresh Picks
Use: Roasted Eggplant for salad

I got a discount on this eggplant because it had a bruise.  As I scarped seeds, the surface flesh oxidized and turned brown, causing further bruising.  I don’t know if it was the inherent flavor in the eggplant or the juicing it got from my seed harvesting, but it turned out really sweet. I baked the slices at 390 until brown after brushing them with olive oil and giving them a generous sprinkling of salt.

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Saved a Spaghetti Squash

Date: 10/3/08
Common Name: Organic Spaghetti Squash
Location Grown: Farm in Illinois
Obtained From: Fresh Picks
Use: Seed Harvesting

As sometimes happens, this squash went bad before we ate it.  I always feel really lousy throwing food away.  By harvesting the seeds, at least this squash can have a second life.

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Peppers

Date: 10/3/08
Common Name: Organic Peppers
Location Grown: Farm in Illinois
Obtained From: Fresh Picks
Use: Roasted for pasta

I always roast my peeper whole over the gas flame.  I realized I would loose the growing power of the seeds if I cooked them.  I slit the peppers, took out the seeds and then roasted them. It went much faster without the bulk in the middle of the pepper.

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Savory Pasta with Apples

Date: 10/6/08
Common Name: Antique  Apples
Location Grown: Wolfe Farms Montecello, Illinois
Obtained From: Wolfe Farms
Use: Pasta

Date: 10/6/08
Common Name: Eggplant
Location Grown: Farm in Illinois
Obtained From: Fresh Picks
Use: Pasta Sauce

Date: 10/6/08
Common Name: Organic Red Bell Pepper
Location Grown: Farm in Illinois
Obtained From: Fresh Picks
Use: Pasta Sauce

Thinking about the variety of taste apples from seed produce, I have been adding apples to savory dishes.   I usually associate apples with sweet dishes, which is not surprising as everything has moved to a sweeter taste in the last 100 years.  Apples added complexity to a savory dish.

Pasta with apples, onion, mushrooms, bell peppers, eggplant, and feta

  • I cut the eggplant into long strips, brush it with olive oil and bake it at 390 until it is soft.
  • Saute onion until nice and brown and then I add the apples. Cook until soft. Add to serving bowl.
  • Saute mushrooms. Add to serving bowl.
  • Saute red peppers.  Add.
  • I mixed all of these ingredients with pasta and added feta cheese.  This dish was a hit.

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So Many Seeds From one Pepper

Date: 10/6/08
Common Name: Organic Red Bell Pepper
Location Grown: Farm in Illinois
Obtained From: Fresh Picks
Use: Pasta Sauce

I am stunned by how many seeds one red pepper yields.  If half these seeds produce, I think there would be enough pepper for everyone on my block.

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