Last year, Daddy had a bumper crop of tomatoes. It was also his first year growing Roma and San Marzano tomatoes. He has always grown loads of tomatoes but usually just the beefsteaks…you know, the ones that are great for eating fresh but make a very runny sauce. Well I was finally able to get him to grow paste tomatoes this year he is planning on growing even more! Thankfully tomatoes freeze very well (see my previous post here). And frozen tomatoes make amazing Marinara Sauce!
Tonight I was getting ready to make dinner when I realized I had no rolls. Dinner in our house just needs bread of some sort (I love bread and could eat it with every meal!). Thank goodness for my mom's Easy Cornbread recipe! I just love this recipe. I always have the ingredients on hand, it takes literally 5 minutes to mix together, I can make it into muffins, in a 9″ pan or a cast iron skillet. It truly is an amazing recipe.
Ever since I was a little girl I loved seeing bags of frozen berries defrosting in the fridge. I knew what was coming that evening…jam making with my daddy! Strawberry, Raspberry, Blueberry, Grape, Peach…we have made it all! Growing up Daddy would always use pectin in his jam making. It wasn’t until I was out on my own that I decided to experiment with my own jam making in my own house. That is when I came across the book The Joy of Jams, Jellies, and Other Sweet Preserves. Every recipe used simply fruit, sugar, lemon and a candy thermometer to make the jam. The rest of the recipes used the same techniques as my dad’s pectin recipes. I had to try it!
|See that beautiful wooden plate?
Ya, my amazingly talented Papa made that for me!
I was born and raised in NH. Needless to say I have some pretty thick blood from these cold NH winters. But this year has been abnormally cold! Yes, winters are usually very long…but something about this year seems even longer. I am so ready for summer! So for my mom’s birthday I decided to make Strawberry Shortcakes to help bring a little bit of summer into our day. The strawberries were frozen from dad’s garden last June. And boy were they delish! Buttermilk shortcakes with fresh whipped cream and a few sprigs of mint from my window herb garden…yum yum!
The other day I did a little bit of spring cleaning in my chest freezer. And boy did I hit the jackpot! I found all sorts of goodies from my dad's garden: blueberries, raspberries, peaches, and a large bag of Roma tomatoes. I never have time in the summer to make big batches of marinara sauce, so I freeze the Roma tomatoes to turn into sauce in the winter. After washing the tomatoes I just cut the stem end off and thrown them in gallon bags. That's it! No blanching or peeling. Because….