Seriously Now.......Recipes/Ideas?

tasha_111
tasha_111 Member Posts: 2,072
edited March 2014 in Breast Cancer #1
Hi, as you all know, I am an avid gardener (OK raving loony with green fingers) I am growing tons of Vegetables. Tomatoes, Peppers, red and yellow onions,Artichoke, Cauli, red/green cabbage, kale, swiss chard, carrots and lettuce.......My Question is.........WHAT THE HELL DO I DO WITH IT ALL???????????

I have never tried canning/bottling even though it seems popular here. I have a huge fruit cellar for storage. Any Suggestions?...Salsa, spaghetti sauce recipes?

I am not much of an experimental cook so all help GRATEFULLY recieved. Thanks Family.

Hugs Jxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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  • Jeanne D
    Jeanne D Member Posts: 1,867
    What we do is..
    give it away to people that need or want it. There are so many people

    that do not have gardens for various reasons and love it when they can get fresh vegetables

    without having to pay a lot for them.


    As for recipes, I need more time to get them out to post Tasha. lol


    Hugs backatcha, Jeanne
  • tasha_111
    tasha_111 Member Posts: 2,072
    Jeanne D said:

    What we do is..
    give it away to people that need or want it. There are so many people

    that do not have gardens for various reasons and love it when they can get fresh vegetables

    without having to pay a lot for them.


    As for recipes, I need more time to get them out to post Tasha. lol


    Hugs backatcha, Jeanne

    Jeanne
    That is the problem........Everyone here has HUGE gardens and most grow their own stuff, (I know, I've been selling them the plants for the past 2 months LOL) Anyway..I am going to try to sell some roadside, we live on a GREAT corner......Right on Highway #3 at a Stop sign......So I have several varieties including an English Heirloom variety that I have grown for years t'other side of the pond.

    Tomatoes here are GRAVOLTING! I have never found owt worth eating since I moved here 6 years ago. No Taste to them at all. Maybe if they get a taste for the Moneymaker tomatoes I could be Rich......And Famous!???

    Ok, I'll still talk to those who knew me when I was Poor and Unknown LOL

    Might get a big sign made up "DAFT SODS TOMS!"

    Hugs to ya Jxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Jeanne D
    Jeanne D Member Posts: 1,867
    tasha_111 said:

    Jeanne
    That is the problem........Everyone here has HUGE gardens and most grow their own stuff, (I know, I've been selling them the plants for the past 2 months LOL) Anyway..I am going to try to sell some roadside, we live on a GREAT corner......Right on Highway #3 at a Stop sign......So I have several varieties including an English Heirloom variety that I have grown for years t'other side of the pond.

    Tomatoes here are GRAVOLTING! I have never found owt worth eating since I moved here 6 years ago. No Taste to them at all. Maybe if they get a taste for the Moneymaker tomatoes I could be Rich......And Famous!???

    Ok, I'll still talk to those who knew me when I was Poor and Unknown LOL

    Might get a big sign made up "DAFT SODS TOMS!"

    Hugs to ya Jxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

    OH, just thought of this
    If you have freezer room, you can blanch the tomatoes ( boil whole in water until the skin peels right off ) let them cool, slice them up and put them in freezer bags to use in the winter for chili, spanish rice, spaghetti sauce, anything that doesn't require a "pretty" looking tomato slice.

    And, for green peppers, I just dice them into lil pieces and put them in small freezer bags to add to your winter "specialties" too.

    And, with that sign DAFT SODS TOMATOES, everyone will be stopping cuz everyone loves the DAFT SODS! lol

    Love, Jeanne
  • Marcia527
    Marcia527 Member Posts: 2,729
    tasha_111 said:

    Jeanne
    That is the problem........Everyone here has HUGE gardens and most grow their own stuff, (I know, I've been selling them the plants for the past 2 months LOL) Anyway..I am going to try to sell some roadside, we live on a GREAT corner......Right on Highway #3 at a Stop sign......So I have several varieties including an English Heirloom variety that I have grown for years t'other side of the pond.

    Tomatoes here are GRAVOLTING! I have never found owt worth eating since I moved here 6 years ago. No Taste to them at all. Maybe if they get a taste for the Moneymaker tomatoes I could be Rich......And Famous!???

    Ok, I'll still talk to those who knew me when I was Poor and Unknown LOL

    Might get a big sign made up "DAFT SODS TOMS!"

    Hugs to ya Jxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

    I thought TOM stood for
    I thought TOM stood for 'tomorrow'.
  • sausageroll
    sausageroll Member Posts: 415
    tasha_111 said:

    Jeanne
    That is the problem........Everyone here has HUGE gardens and most grow their own stuff, (I know, I've been selling them the plants for the past 2 months LOL) Anyway..I am going to try to sell some roadside, we live on a GREAT corner......Right on Highway #3 at a Stop sign......So I have several varieties including an English Heirloom variety that I have grown for years t'other side of the pond.

    Tomatoes here are GRAVOLTING! I have never found owt worth eating since I moved here 6 years ago. No Taste to them at all. Maybe if they get a taste for the Moneymaker tomatoes I could be Rich......And Famous!???

    Ok, I'll still talk to those who knew me when I was Poor and Unknown LOL

    Might get a big sign made up "DAFT SODS TOMS!"

    Hugs to ya Jxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

    Tasha
    Where did you live in England Tasha?

    I'll do some recipe ideas tomorrow...on my way for a late appointment at the hospital now.
  • Marcia527
    Marcia527 Member Posts: 2,729
    Jeanne D said:

    OH, just thought of this
    If you have freezer room, you can blanch the tomatoes ( boil whole in water until the skin peels right off ) let them cool, slice them up and put them in freezer bags to use in the winter for chili, spanish rice, spaghetti sauce, anything that doesn't require a "pretty" looking tomato slice.

    And, for green peppers, I just dice them into lil pieces and put them in small freezer bags to add to your winter "specialties" too.

    And, with that sign DAFT SODS TOMATOES, everyone will be stopping cuz everyone loves the DAFT SODS! lol

    Love, Jeanne

    I was going to say freeze
    I was going to say freeze what you can in freezer bags too.
  • Jeanne D
    Jeanne D Member Posts: 1,867
    Marcia527 said:

    I thought TOM stood for
    I thought TOM stood for 'tomorrow'.

    TOM?
    I thought TOM was short for Thomas! lol ok, I couldn't resist.
  • tasha_111
    tasha_111 Member Posts: 2,072

    Tasha
    Where did you live in England Tasha?

    I'll do some recipe ideas tomorrow...on my way for a late appointment at the hospital now.

    Good Old Blighty.......
    Hi Sausageroll. I was born in Leicestershire, Moved to Gloucestershire (Stow-on-the-Wold), then the Lake District (Eskdale/Skafell), then back to Leicestershire (Barrow-upon-Soar).. Finally Lincolnshire (Walcot/Folkingham)

    I bet you have heard of them........

    Hugs Jxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • cruf
    cruf Member Posts: 908
    tasha_111 said:

    Good Old Blighty.......
    Hi Sausageroll. I was born in Leicestershire, Moved to Gloucestershire (Stow-on-the-Wold), then the Lake District (Eskdale/Skafell), then back to Leicestershire (Barrow-upon-Soar).. Finally Lincolnshire (Walcot/Folkingham)

    I bet you have heard of them........

    Hugs Jxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

    Leicestershire
    I have very good friends in Leicestershire! What a beautiful countryside that is! I was there back in the 70's and fell in love with the area. HUGS!! Cathy
  • tasha_111
    tasha_111 Member Posts: 2,072
    cruf said:

    Leicestershire
    I have very good friends in Leicestershire! What a beautiful countryside that is! I was there back in the 70's and fell in love with the area. HUGS!! Cathy

    Cathy
    I lived in Leicestershire a lot............Barrow-upon-soar. Sileby, Loughborough, Great Glen. Birstal..........Rutland..........Market Harborough, Skeffington.........TELL ME WHERE? Hugs Jxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • cruf
    cruf Member Posts: 908
    tasha_111 said:

    Cathy
    I lived in Leicestershire a lot............Barrow-upon-soar. Sileby, Loughborough, Great Glen. Birstal..........Rutland..........Market Harborough, Skeffington.........TELL ME WHERE? Hugs Jxxxxxxxxxxxx

    Tasha
    Hi Tasha! I have no idea. It was a long time ago and I haven't been in touch with them for years. I just know it was beautiful countryside. Cows walking down the streets and cookoo birds doing what they do. I loved everything about the place.Their name is Reeves. HUGS!! Cathy
  • GreeneyedGirl
    GreeneyedGirl Member Posts: 1,077
    cruf said:

    Tasha
    Hi Tasha! I have no idea. It was a long time ago and I haven't been in touch with them for years. I just know it was beautiful countryside. Cows walking down the streets and cookoo birds doing what they do. I loved everything about the place.Their name is Reeves. HUGS!! Cathy

    The Canning Bible~
    That's what I call the "Ball Blue Book", from the Ball canning jar company. so many great recipes and how to's. Everything you could want to know at your fingertips. I have made pepper jelly, jams, salsa's, relishes, pickles, veggies...done almost all of it. Wasting nothing by mixing it all together and canning it. Please post some pics of the famous overflowing garden bounty~how inspiring to be a good girl and eat your veggies. I am heading to the farmers market tomorrow.
    M
  • dmc_emmy
    dmc_emmy Member Posts: 549
    Freezing sounds good...
    at least for the onions, peppers, and probably even the carrots. The carrots will need to be blanched first. I would think you could make guatamole (sp?)from the artichokes and freeze that, too.

    Tomatoes, I know from my folks, is better canned. My folks make spaghetti sauce and store it for up to two years. It's great. According to my folks, it's not hard to can tomatoes.

    You could contact your local extension service and they may be able to advise as to what can be done with the other veggies and even some "how-to" ideas for canning.

    If you have a little eggplant, you could make a great rattatooli (sp?) mixed with the tomatoes, peppers, and onions. Veggie stir-fries and eggrolls are great with the cabbage, onions, cauliflower, and peppers.

    Have fun!
    dmc
  • chenheart
    chenheart Member Posts: 5,159
    Cooking......
    I sooo reccommend Salsa, and Mississippi Caviar, and Ratatouille, Marinara Sauce, Tomato Pie and Gaspacho for starters. If you Google EASY recipes for the aforementioned, it will save me typing time, and give you the opportunity to sift through the ingredients you have, and add or eliminate those you don't want/have in your garden! I adore cooking and have made everything I mentioned...you can too! :-)

    Hugs,
    Claudia
  • dmc_emmy
    dmc_emmy Member Posts: 549
    chenheart said:

    Cooking......
    I sooo reccommend Salsa, and Mississippi Caviar, and Ratatouille, Marinara Sauce, Tomato Pie and Gaspacho for starters. If you Google EASY recipes for the aforementioned, it will save me typing time, and give you the opportunity to sift through the ingredients you have, and add or eliminate those you don't want/have in your garden! I adore cooking and have made everything I mentioned...you can too! :-)

    Hugs,
    Claudia

    Ratatouille-
    so that's how it's spelled! Wow, I'm a lousy speller. Thank goodness for Spell Check (which I don't know if I can access it on this site). That's why everyone sees (sp?) so often in my posts. Oh well.
    dmc
  • chenheart
    chenheart Member Posts: 5,159
    dmc_emmy said:

    Ratatouille-
    so that's how it's spelled! Wow, I'm a lousy speller. Thank goodness for Spell Check (which I don't know if I can access it on this site). That's why everyone sees (sp?) so often in my posts. Oh well.
    dmc

    Spell check!
    :-) dmc...and by the way, my Mom was MaryJayne, and was always called Em, EmJay, but mostly Emmy by friends and family~ so I smile when I see your name.

    Hugs,
    Claudia
  • maryannrogers
    maryannrogers Member Posts: 115
    chenheart said:

    Spell check!
    :-) dmc...and by the way, my Mom was MaryJayne, and was always called Em, EmJay, but mostly Emmy by friends and family~ so I smile when I see your name.

    Hugs,
    Claudia

    Home Grown Tomatoes?
    My mouth is watering. What I wouldn't give now for a BLT with homegrown tomatoes (or anything with homegrown tomatoes).

    I live in Phoenix and they don't know what a homegrown tomatoe is unless they came from the midwest.

    I'm sure you'll find a jillion things to do with your crops. Ahhh, I miss Illinois so much.

    Love,
    Maryann
  • Noel
    Noel Member Posts: 3,095 Member

    Home Grown Tomatoes?
    My mouth is watering. What I wouldn't give now for a BLT with homegrown tomatoes (or anything with homegrown tomatoes).

    I live in Phoenix and they don't know what a homegrown tomatoe is unless they came from the midwest.

    I'm sure you'll find a jillion things to do with your crops. Ahhh, I miss Illinois so much.

    Love,
    Maryann

    I would just freeze what you
    I would just freeze what you can Tasha! Would love to see pictures of your garden!