Fruits (and Vegetables) of Your Labors – Vol. 12 and 13 – Recipe Requests

“Here’s one week’s tomato yield from my community garden plot. Do any readers have great tomato recipes to suggest or methods for freezing? Or good places to donate them in Columbia Heights or Petworth?”

“What can I make with gigantic cucumbers, a bell pepper, and a bunch of cayenne peppers?!”

Hahaha, a strange salsa?

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  • Friends of people with cherry tomatoes are hiding their faces, ducking and darting into alleys to avoid us these days! You could put a box of them out on the sidewalk with a “free” sign – but right now, people would rather take free gobs of radioactive poop.

    But plenty of recipes online

  • You could make spicy Korean style pickles with the cukes, chilis, and a little salt and vinegar. Here’s one recipe:

    I bet you could pickle the bell pepper, sliced or diced, with it too!

  • I would make 1) pickles and 2) gazpacho. Both reader’s yields would work. Don’t give those babies away – make sauce. Salads. Give them to ME!

    One of my favorite summer salads:
    baby red and heirloom tomatoes, halved
    sweet onion (candy onion)
    Persian cucumbers
    dried cherries (or a mix)
    olive oil
    good, thick balsamic
    pepper and salt (if you have flake salt, it’s great here)

    chop, toss, eat.

  • Congratulations on your tomatopalooza. I say turn that red gold into sauce or just slice them, throw some balsamic on them and eat them in front of the TV.

  • Dry them for use Later (and I’d gladly take one of those boxes off your hands)

  • Cook’s Illustrated has a great summer cucumber salad, just add some julienne red pepper to the recipe below.

  • And Jose Andres’ gazpacho is the best I’ve ever had. It will make quick work of your tomatoes, pepper, and cukes.

  • Hollow out the tomatoes and stuff them! We like a reverse panzanella with toasted bread cut into cubes, herbs, cheese and garlic. But you could definitely stuff with anything you have on hand or love

  • When I saw those tomatoes, my first thought was “awesome pasta sauce”

  • A spicy cold as cucumber summer Gazpacho with those cayenne chili peppers:


    • 1 1/2 pounds vine-ripened tomatoes, peeled, seeded and chopped • Tomato juice • 1 cup cucumber, peeled, seeded and chopped • 1/2 cup chopped red bell pepper
    • 1/2 cup chopped red onion • 1 small jalapeno, seeded and minced • 1 medium garlic clove, minced • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil • 1 lime, juiced • 2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce • 1/2 teaspoon toasted, ground cumin • 1 teaspoon kosher salt • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper • 2 tablespoons fresh basil leaves, chiffonade


    Fill a 6-quart pot halfway full of water, set over high heat and bring to a boil.

    Make an X with a paring knife on the bottom of the tomatoes. Drop the tomatoes into the boiling water for 15 seconds, remove and transfer to an ice bath and allow to cool until able to handle, approximately 1 minute. Remove and pat dry. Peel, core and seed the tomatoes. When seeding the tomatoes, place the seeds and pulp into a fine mesh strainer set over a bowl in order to catch the juice. Press as much of the juice through as possible and then add enough bottled tomato juice to bring the total to 1 cup.

    Stir in the rest and leave overnight in refrigerator. Serve with toasted crusty bread.

  • make tomato sauce and freeze that — otherwise, can the tomatoes for use throughout the winter

  • Don’t under estimate the insanely good crudo sauce you could make with them, too – just some hot pasta – not drained too much, a little EVOO, salt, pepper, those babied diced and tossed together – if you have some good mozz or parm, top it. Same with basil. So good.

  • My parents chop up their tomatoes raw and freeze them in freezer bags. They’re good for all kinds of things during the winter, as long as you’ll be cooking them.

    Cucumbers are the hardest to use because you can’t really cook with them or freeze them, and most varieties aren’t good for pickles. But you could use up a lot by making cucumber agua fresca!

  • Ooooooooh! Lovely,lovely! You could definitely donate some to ME, or allow ME to recipe some up for YOU…Good Neighbor that YOU ARE!

  • Ooooooooh! Lovely,lovely! You could definitely donate some to ME, or allow ME to recipe some up for YOU…Good Neighbor that YOU ARE! YUMMMMMMMmmmmmmmm…….

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