Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Don't leave the garden unattended

Yes, it's September now - but as you know we went to Mexico in August and learned this lesson. Don't leave your garden unattended in August. We came back to these zucchini - no I didn't use them. They got composted. How is that possible in one week?!? Seriously you can't turn your back on these things! And the piles of tomatoes that along with a heavy workload of my day job (bookkeeping) I had to make sauce. Oh well - next year we will stay home and go in November!
HOLY shit tomatoes!
tomato pie
This Tomato Pie recipe was given to me by my friend Mindy by someone named Catherine Perkins, I adapted- YUM!

Tomato Pie serves 2 greedy people

1 pie crust (I cheated and used one from Downtown Creamery and Bakery)
1 ball fresh mozzarella
2 large ripe tomatoes (I used our Carbons and another yellow and red one I can't think of the name! - just use meaty ones)
Olive oil, salt and pepper and basil

Line a tart pan with the pie dough - I used my removable bottom one - and line with parchment, fill with baking beans and par bake at 350 degrees for about 15 min. Remove and let cool slightly. Chop/shred the mozzarella and sprinkle around the bottom of the tart. Slice tomatoes about 1/4 inch thick and blot dry on paper towels then place in the tart pan. Sprinkle with olive oil, salt and pepper then back at 375 degrees for about 30 min or until bubbly. Remove from pan and sprinkle with basil. 
And can I tell you how exciting this was?! MY tomatoes and MY okra - that's right - we grew them both - ok, not the red onions - but they will be planted next year! Okra Salad happiness. 

Post Note: last night I made 2 savory pie/tarts like above - one was freeform with potatoes and mozzarella the other was a variation on the tomato except instead of cheese I did a layer of caramelized onions - holy shit that was good! 


  1. Remember you were concerned about leaving town in July?? You were right! Love those zuccini's! How about a nice tomato relish? How much longer will your tomato plants be producing? I am craving one of your pies. XoC

  2. I think we will have tomatoes into October! Gad Zooks!