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Old January 28, 2013   #1
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Default Challenge: want 'fresh' tomato recipes

I'd love to add a recipe to my tomato data base that is for a specific variety of tomato. Using fresh harvest tomatoes, not canned. I noticed many of the recipes in this section use canned tomatoes.

Example for the new Eleanor tomato I bought I printed a recipe called Eleanor's Tomato Soup. The Eleanor tomato is supposed to be great for making juice, and the soup recipe calls for 2 cups tomato juice. The campbell 146 tomato would be great for this as well, but I'll have to come up with a different soup recipe for that one.

I ordered the seed for the Patriotic Themed idea, for the garden where I volunteer. Eleanor is for Eleanor Roosevelt in my garden. Plus my mother's name was Eleanor, and she made awesome tomato soup for us when we were little kids. I found the recipe when I was looking for more information on the tomato!

The 'Evergreen' (Emerald) is supposed to be so great for making fried green tomatoes. As is Aunt Ruby's German Green.

So I'd love to know what to make with the 'desserty' tasting tomatoes like
Big White Pink Stripes or Dagma's Perfection.

Or the tart, tangy varieties like Aunt Lou's Underground Railroad and Captain Lucky?

You get the idea. I'd just love to put my little tomato data book together with recipes.

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Old January 30, 2013   #2
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I use tomatoes to make a fermented salsa.
I also make a nice soup using coconut milk and mustard seeds. Here's the soup recipe.
I'll give the instructions for the salsa, later. No preference on variety for either except to use a meatier variety of tomato such as a paste or heart if available, although I've used all kinds.

5 large tomatoes, cored
14 oz. can coconut milk
4 Thai chiles
3 tbs. olive oil
2 tbs. mustard seed
l lemon, juiced (potentially more depending on taste)
1/4 bunch cilantro, chopped

In a large stockpot, place tomatoes in bottom down. Cover with water and poach on high heat for approx. 10 min. or until skin begins to peel back from the tomatoes. Remove from heat and drain. Carefully remove the skin from the tomatoes. Place tomatoes in a blender or food processor, add chiles. In a large saucepan, heat olive oil. Add mustard seeds until they pop. Once popping subsides (but doesn't stop) quickly add the tomato mixture, coconut milk, and lemon juice (you may need more depending on preference) and salt to taste. Remove from heat and garnish with cilantro.
Serves 6.
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Old January 31, 2013   #3
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Tracy, this sounds very interesting. I've never had tomatoes with coconut milk. Yum!

I would have to go and take a look but I don't think most of the recipes in this tomato section are exclusively for canned. We have this forum for using our garden produce and gear it towards that. Rather than having various recipes stuck in this, I might move that soup recipe to the soup section. It makes it so much more organized when trying to go back and find something. :-)
Now an Oregon gal
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Old January 31, 2013   #4
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Whenever I make a recipe that calls for canned tomatoes, I simply use fresh if they are available, just skin, squeeze out seeds, and chop.
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Old January 31, 2013   #5
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that soup sounds fantastic! I'm making it tonight. Whole mustard seeds? Thai chilies? What is a good sub? I don't know if I can find Thai chilies.
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