Gut Rumbles

June 03, 2006

two ripe tomatoes

I picked two baseball-sized ripe tomatoes from my garden this morning. I also harvested two more squash and a pretty good-looking bell pepper, plus 13 banana peppers and a double-handful of new potatoes (that I collected by just kicking down about a foot of mound, and then rolling the potatoes out with my bare foot. Diggin' bothers my shoulders.)

Now, I gotta figure out what I'm going to do with my bounty. I put a nice 2" thick New York Strip steak out to thaw, and I think I'll sautee the new potatoes in real butter with shredded cheese and smashed garlic, with some chives, salt and pepper sprinkled all over. Maybe slice the squash and cook it with the potatoes.

I'm gonna stick the tomatoes and the banana peppers in the refrigerator for a couple of hours, then slice them up and make veggie-bobs, with some bell pepper, pineapple chunks and Vidalea onion stuck on the skewers, too. I'll douse that stuff with some soy sauce, a little squeeze-on margerine, salt and pepper, then sizzle 'em on the grill when I cook my steak, with some damp mesquite chips scattered in the charcol... and lots of good-smelling smoke... OOO-RAH!!!

Just damn! If I wasn't back on the wagon again, I'd like to have a nice glass of burgandy wine to go with that meal. Oh, well... I'll just have to make do with decaffienated iced tea, very sweet and VERY strong.

Just think about it!!! Except for the steak and the Vidalea onion, the chives and the margerine, and the garlic and the soy sauce, the charcol and the mesquite chips and the pineapple and the tea.... I GREW IT ALL MYSELF!!!

I'm damn PROUD of it, too.


saute onions & garlic in butter ...add sliced yellow squash...salt and pepper ... cook until just tender...remove from the heat and stir in some sour cream..... oh, yummmm

Posted by: vicki on June 3, 2006 05:15 PM

Locally grown and prepared always wins. Better all the way around. I believe that for sure, and if anyone accuses me of being "left-wing" for sayin' that, they don't know me well.

Rock on, Rob.


Posted by: Ken Nelson on June 3, 2006 05:46 PM

Damn, that sounds good. Gardens are good therapy, and you are rewarded with good food. What could be better.

Posted by: firefly on June 3, 2006 06:22 PM

Oh baby, fresh potatoes. Haven't had those since I lived on the farm. Nothing like it. And with fresh chives too. I am surely jealous. I so love carbs....

Posted by: Libby on June 3, 2006 06:57 PM

Mesquite chips? Ain't you got no proper hickory?

Posted by: green on June 3, 2006 09:24 PM

I just finished my evening meal, put the dishes in the dishwasher and sat down to read the blogs. Now you are making me hungry all over again. But I would eat that tomato straight out of the garden, or chunk it up with the peppers and the onion and put some vinegar and olive oil with it, plenty of black pepper and let that marinate till the steak was done. And the potatoes! Ohhhh, like I said, I'm hungry again and even ice cream is not going to take away that longing for the home grown veggies.

I've had arthritis for many years, it comes and goes, hits the hands, thumbs, knees, shoulders, elbows, hip, feet, the first episode was the sternum, for heaven's sake! The good thing is - it comes and goes; and I always say, "This too shall pass" and eventually it does. I've had to resort to steroids a couple of times, but no surgery. I am very afraid of joint surgery. Avoid it like the plague, if you can stand too.

Posted by: Ruth H on June 3, 2006 10:02 PM

I planted, or rather replanted squash and cucumbers three days ago. Thanks to gawd daaumed mother nature for the sub freezing weather she bestowed upon on us last week.

First tomatoes are forming, two so far, gawd I can hardly wait!

Often I'll take some yellow squas with some suks an onion and even carrots. Wrap them up in foil, toss a little olive oil in it and it goes on a low grill, upper rack for 45 minutes. Cook the meat course over the last few minutes. Very excellent. Next time it's gonna get a little garlic as well.

bon appitite!

Posted by: TC on June 3, 2006 10:58 PM

Can I come over for dinner?

Posted by: Alan on June 4, 2006 02:19 AM

Wow, all those fresh veggies sound awesome.
I love love love fresh zucchini just cut in half, sprinkled with olive oil and seasoning salt and thrown on the grill. YUM!!

Posted by: Dawn on June 4, 2006 02:38 AM

I think you should come cook for me. that made my mouth water just thinking about grilled food.

Posted by: Shelley on June 4, 2006 09:04 AM

You hooked me with "Two Ripe Tomatoes", being from the Garden State, I'm a little biased about Jersey Tomatoes. I eat them like an apple, with a pinch of salt.

Good job, enjoy!

Posted by: Stripersniper on June 4, 2006 10:07 AM
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