Thursday, August 16, 2012

I've Got Tomatoes Coming Outta My Ears

What do you do when all 6 tomato plants start to ripen at once and you are sick of making pico de gallo, salsa, and adding sliced tomatoes to every dish, but you don't want to waste one delicious Iowa tomato?

I made gazpacho with the cucumbers, peppers, and onions from the garden.

I didn't follow any recipe because my name is not Leslie Limon and I can't cook like her even if she had one hand tied behind her back.  You should check out her page because she is a marvel in the kitchen. Anyway, I juiced about 6 large tomatoes and boiled the juice with un poquito de salt until it turned red. After it cooled I added red wine vinegar to taste.  Next I chopped up a couple cucumbers, along with onions,  one jalapeno and red peppers, all from the garden.  With about a 1/4 cup of olive oil, I mixed it all together and let it chill.  Pretty good, even if I say so myself, and I did say so myself.  The nephews cried "EEEEWWWWWW!"


  1. You are too sweet and funny, Rita! I will have to keep gazpacho in mind for my growing tomato plant. :) Your nephews have no idea what they're missing. Your gazpacho sounds delicious. :)

  2. That looks delicious Rita. My son loves tomatoes and if he lived with you would happily eat all of them. I'm going to have to try this recipe and see how it goes with him.

  3. Mmmm! This looks delicious. Have you ever froze your tomatoes? I had a ton of tomatoes one year and have no clue how to can. I ended up freezing them for future use in sauces, recipes, etc. It's super easy. You just pop them in boiling water for like 30 seconds, then transfer them to cold water. The skin will peel right off. Then put them in a zip lock bag and freeze. (just a thought, incase you get tired of gazpacho...)

    1. I hear tomatoes are easy to freeze, but I ended up using a lot for salsa, pico de gallo, and chile (Texas style). Hasta julio para tomates!