Cooking

My fifth go at drying tomatoes, not yet happy with the results. Almost dropped the phone into the barbie taking this pic.
My fifth go at drying tomatoes, not yet happy with the results. Almost dropped the phone into the barbie taking this pic.

Drying tomatoes on the barbie, these are mostly the plum tomatoes from the garden, some Siberian and store bought plums also. This time I tried to keep the pieces all about the same size. I have the draft wide open and am trying to keep it around 200F, which is hotter than the last time. Drying some eggplant also, they come out real nice.

I quarter up the tomatoes, scoop out the pulp, toss w/ a little olive oil, chopped basil from the garden and a generous dash of garlic powder. The quarters are arrayed on baking grids set on the grill one deep and if possible separated. If the fire gets too hot, I throw some wet smoking wood chips on the coals. The resulting smokey taste is a plus.


We are eating well
We are eating well

The harvest is in full swing now, Fran doesn't go into the garden w/o coming back with a double hand full of pole beans.


This will make almost sixteen butternut squash pies. Life is good.
This will make almost sixteen butternut squash pies. Life is good.

Just picked ten butternut squash, about eight left in the garden. These ten made eight two cup bags. Each bag makes two butternut squash pies. Life is good.


ButternutSquash
Butternut Squash and Other Bounty

The Butternut Squash, a variety of Winter Squash is bountiful now, perhaps I harvested too soon, I think they get yellower. As you can see from the pic, pole beans are still coming in strong and the tomatoes are just starting. I have to pick the tomatoes when they show color, the squirrels like them. Recently, I was reading about Butternut Squash Pie, it is supposedly better than Pumpkin Pie.  Fran is making two of them now, can't wait.

Green Tomato Pie fresh from the oven and cool enough to serve
Green Tomato Pie

Fran baked a Green Tomato Pie, tastes like apple.  I asked her, what are we going to do with the green tomatoes.  A minute on Google, action in the kitchen, and an hour later, a delicious Apple (?wait this doesn't look like apple) pie.

Remember, she won a Ribbon at the Fair for her Pie.

We are expecting our first frost any day. Picked the last Eggplants and Peppers, and ripped the plants out.  Still picking Snap Peas and String Beans.  Today's plan is to start clearing out the garden.