Tomatoes

This weeks recipe comes from Brand Ambassador Chelsea Stockdale. Here's what you'll need: 1) 1 package of Rotini Noodles (I used GF Lentil Noodles) 2) A handful of baby tomatoes 3) 1/4 cup Balsamic vinegar 4) 1/2 cup olive oil 5) 1/2 farm fresh red/purple onion 6) 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano 7) 1 tsp minced garlic 8) 1 handful crumbled feta cheese (Use your New South cheese share if you can here!) 9) 1/2 tsp salt 10) 1/8 tsp pepper 11) 1/2 farm fresh cucumber Total Time: 20{ish} Minutes Prep Time: 5-7{ish} minutes Cook Time: 10 minutes Serves: 4 Step 1) Cook your pasta. Bring 4 quarts water and a pinch of salt to a boil. Add pasta and cook according to the packaged instructions. This is usually around 7-10 minutes. Once your noodles are tender and cooked, drain well and rinse them with cold water. Set them aside in a separate bowl that you'll use as the serving bowl. Step 2) While your pasta is cooking,...

(Recipe from Jennifer at Natural Things Foods Store) Instead of an Asian wok, the Southern equivalent is definitely the cast iron skillet. Cooking these summer vegetables over high heat seals in flavor, as well as staving off the slimy texture that okra can take on when cooked. Quick, flavorful, and nutritious (also vegetarian and vegan). Stir Fry Ingredients 1 to 1-1/2 cups very small okra pods, whole 1 yellow bell pepper, chopped 3-4 small eggplants, chopped 1 large tomato, seeded and chopped 1/2 lemon salt & pepper 1 cup cooked lentils Instructions In a large cast iron skillet over high heat, warm 1 teaspoon oil to almost smoking. Add okra pods all at once, and cook, stirring, until they begin to brown. Add eggplant, and stir, cooking another minute. Add pepper, stirring and cooking for about 2 minutes more. Add chopped tomato and remove skillet from the heat. Squeeze the juice from half of...

(Recipe from Jennifer at Natural Things Foods Store) My aunt made this dish at a family gathering a few years ago. It was such a smash hit that I asked for the recipe. She cut it out of the paper and gave me the clipping. I have heard of other versions of this called Texas Caviar, which uses more Southwest flavors like jalapeno pepper, cilantro, and lime juice. It is different every time I make it, as the basic recipe is so easy. Sometimes I add corn kernels, sometimes I add farro or quinoa, sometimes I change up the beans, but it always turns out great. It is perfect for picnics, too, as it doesn’t need to be kept cool. I really hope you try this one!   Mississippi Caviar Ingredients 1 can black eyed peas, rinsed and drained 1 can black beans, rinsed and drained 1 large green bell pepper 1 large red...

(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 heirloom and slicer tomatoes at room temperature as refrigeration may cause them to lose flavor and develop a mealy texture. Tomatoes let off a high amount of ethylene gas which speeds the ripening process, so don’t keep near produce that spoils easily. Check tomatoes regularly as one spoiled tomato could cause the rest to go bad very quickly. Recipes Caprese Salad Margherita Pizza Fresh Tomato Salsa Fresh Tomato Sauce Fresh Tomato Soup Tomato, Squash, and Red Pepper Gratin Grilled Zucchini Caprese Stacks Grilled Tomatoes with Basil Vinaigrette Tomato Tart Over-the-Top Tomato Sandwich Preservation Tomatoes can be preserved in a number of ways, including dehydrating and freezing. 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 dehydrate tomatoes, wash and cut in half, then place cut-side up on dehydrator trays. Dehydrate until most of the moisture is gone. If you don’t have a dehydrator you...