Cherry Tomatoes

(Recipe from Jennifer at Natural Things Foods Store) Any of you folks out there who were kids of the 1970s will be familiar with this version of a casserole. We had it at least once a week at my house! It may be old fashioned, but it is still delicious, especially if you are hungry for a bit of nostalgia. So sit back, watch some episodes of the Brady Bunch and get groovy with vegetables! Old Fashioned Casserole Ingredients 1 medium white or yellow onion, sliced 2 cloves garlic, chopped 2 sweet peppers, chopped half a pint of fresh okra, chopped into rings 1 pint cherry tomatoes, quartered 2 cups cooked and shredded chicken (we used Grass Roots chicken tenders) 1/2 cup sour cream 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese 2 green onions, chopped, including green parts 1 package butter crackers, crushed (we used Late July organic classic rich crackers) 3 tablespoons butter, melted Instructions ...

(Recipe from Jennifer at Natural Things Foods Store) This recipe uses lots of delicious things that can be found at any local farmstand or farmer’s market. It is also a great way to use up leftover rice. Farmstand Rice Ingredients 2 cups cooked brown rice 1 pound Grass Roots ground turkey 1/2 white or yellow onion, finely chopped 1 clove garlic, chopped 1 bell pepper, finely chopped 3 small summer squash, finely chopped 1/2 pint fresh okra, thinly sliced into rings 1/2 pint cherry tomatoes, halved 1/2 teaspoon paprika powder 1/4 teaspoon turmeric root powder 1/4 teaspoon chili powder salt & pepper 1/2 cup grated mild cheese Instructions In a large skillet, cook ground turkey over high heat until no pink remains and it is browning at the edges. Remove from skillet and set aside. In same skillet, add about a tablespoon oil and warm over medium high heat. Add onion, garlic, and bell...

(Recipe from Jennifer at Natural Things Foods Store) There were so many tomatoes in this week’s share! The beautiful little golden cherry tomatoes have a sweetness that only intensifies when it is cooked. I decided to make some scones (always a good idea) and highlight the flavor of the summer tomato. Perfect not only for breakfast or brunch, but a nice side for dinner as well. Split them and fill with a little ham and cheese and they make a great lunch, too.   Tomato Scones Ingredients 1-3/4 cups all purpose flour 1-1/8 teaspoons baking powder 1 tablespoon sugar 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 cup cold butter 1/2 pint cherry tomatoes 1/3 cup whole milk 1 large egg 1 tablespoon butter Instructions Cut the cherry tomatoes into quarters. Place in a small colander. Sprinkle with a bit of salt and let them sit for a few minutes. Once they have given off a bit of juice, pat...

Storage Store tomatoes at room temperature as refrigeration may cause them to lose flavor and develop a mealy texture. Keep in a vented package (such as the pulp baskets they are often delivered in) out of direct sunlight. Tomatoes let off a high amount of ethylene gas which speeds the ripening process, so don’t keep near other fruits or vegetables that spoil easily. Also be sure to check tomatoes regularly as one spoiled tomato can cause the rest to go bad very quickly. Recipes Enjoy them fresh (our favorite)! Add to salads Sautéed Cherry Tomatoes with Garlic and Basil No-Cook Tomato Sauce Easy Cherry Tomato Salsa Summer Pasta Salad with Grilled Vegetables Mixed Tomato Cobbler Preservation Cherry tomatoes can be preserved in a number of ways, including freezing and dehydrating. You can also can tomatoes, but if you choose to do so please follow a trusted recipe to make sure you add enough acidity for safe storage. To freeze, wash and dry cherry tomatoes...