Hi All - I hope your loved ones are all safe after such a stormy weekend. We got lots of rain and cold weather around here but no flooding, thankfully.
Weekends are a busy time for me, there's always so much to be done. The early part of Saturday was spent on indoor chores since the rain didn't want to let up. Later in the day I managed to get out to the vegetable garden to gather the ripe tomatoes - and there were plenty! I always try to preserve as much of our summer and fall harvest as I can for the long winter months. It takes an investment in time now but it sure is worth it!
Excuse the photos today....my daughter took off with the camera, so these were all taken with my iPhone.
I pulled in everything that was ripe and got to work making some easy tomato sauce for the freezer.
I peeled the larger ones by dropping them into boiling water for a couple of minutes - the skins peel right away from the flesh.
The smaller tomatoes I left whole, just cutting off any blemishes and any hard spots from the stem end.
I put them on the stove on low in a large nonstick stock pot, covered them, and let them simmer - a little while later they had released their juices and were looking like this:
I added a whole onion, peeled but not chopped, and a stick of salted butter and let them simmer together for about an hour while I happily puttered around the house. I removed the onion and froze it at the suggestion of my sweetie for future stews or soups (thanks, sweetie!) A little whiz around with the immersion blender to chop up any skins from the smaller tomatoes and we were done!
This is an incredibly easy sauce which I often make in the winter months with canned whole tomatoes - two cans of whole peeled tomatoes, a large peeled onion, and a stick of butter goes into the crock pot on low before I leave for work....when I come home I have amazing sauce ready for dinner. And I always make enough for two meals, so one batch goes into the freezer.
This time around I got 6 batches for the freezer - it will be so nice to enjoy the fruits of my labor on a cold wintry night, knowing these tomatoes came straight from the garden.
I first read about this sauce in the Ski House Cookbook:
There are loads of easy recipes in this book, many of which are geared around something warm, comforting, and easy to prepare either before you head out for the day or after a long cold amazing day on the slopes.
I've included one of my favorite recipes here along with the sauce recipe - this has been a huge hit at many dinner parties in my house and it's absolutely simple and foolproof! Served with a nice bottle of Barbera wine and a good crusty bread at a table shared with loved ones - how can you go wrong?