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Tuesday, September 28, 2010

end of summer is finally here

The end of summer is officially here, but the weatherman must not have gotten the memo.  It was a very cool summer (only got above 100 once).... until now!  We had over 100 yesterday and will again today.  I will not complain, though because my friends in TX had MANY days over 100 with the humidity.  Man, I love living in N. CA!

Since it is the end of summer, it's time to do some canning.  Oh, wait... I don't can!  Instead, I love freezer bags and the freezer.  Much easier!  Night before last, I roasted the remainder of my bell peppers and froze them.  I just cut them in half and sprayed a little olive oil on them then popped them into the oven for about an hour or so... then put them in a covered bowl... peeled them and froze them.

This is the final harvest from the summer garden (except for a few beans, okra and tomatoes still holding on)

Ready to go in the oven


Yesterday, I did the same with my tomatoes.  I cut them into quarters, added crushed garlic, fresh rosemary sprigs, thyme sprigs, oregano and basil, onion and olive oil.  Roasted them at 375 for about an hour and a half.  Peeled and pureed them then cooked on the stove top for a few hours to thicken it up some.  After it cooled I froze them in quart bags.  I didn't add any of the spices when I pureed it and cooked it, so it is a very basic tomato puree that I will pull from the freezer then I need it.  I may have to go to the farmers market this weekend and see if there are any good tomatoes left and do some diced and whole tomatoes.  I must say, my house smelled like Italian heaven all day yesterday.  Can't wait for winter when I can pull one out and have a taste of summer!

Most of these tomatoes came from a friend (mine are the smaller ones with stems still on them)

Ready to go into the oven.

Hot out of the oven.

HOURS later.... viola... puree.

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