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Old August 21, 2007   #40
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Zone 5/6 New Jersey
Posts: 122

Here's what I do when the countertops runneth over...

Get out a big bowl...this recipe expands to fill the volume of the bowl you choose. Gather up fresh, ripe tomatoes from the garden, the windowsills, the countertop, etc. and chop them up. Slightly bruised (just cut those parts out for the compost pile) or slightly overripe tomatoes are great for this. Drain the chopped tomatoes in a colander and save the juice. Heat juice in a saucepan and reduce to half or one third. Just let it gently simmer away while you go do something else outside. Then let it cool. Chop and add to the tomatoes (to taste) any or all of the following: purple onion, canned green chilies, jalapeno peppers (optional), minced fresh garlic, fresh chopped cilantro.

Add a couple of pinches of salt and the reduced tomato juice. Drizzle lime juice and/or red wine vinegar and olive oil over it and mix thoroughly. Let stand at room temperature at least an hour. Taste again – add more lime juice, salt or other ingredients if needed. Store in jars in the refrigerator. Add fresh diced cucumber just before serving, otherwise the cucumber gets mushy.
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