So, my good friend and neighbor, Laurie brought me a 10 pound box of bruised tomatoes this weekend. Initially I was really excited, except then I realized they didn't come all peeled, cored and seeded like hers did-ahem... after she peeled, cored and seeded them.
Immediately my mind started racing with the possibilities, but I reigned in all the randomness and decided on 4 recipes. Tomato soup, tomato sauce, garden vegetable soup, and Tinga-a Hispanic shredded chicken made with chipotle peppers. I was able to accomplish the first 3 items this weekend. Tinga is on the docket for this week. On top of the load of tomatoes I processed, I also made 2 peanut butter cheesecakes, with brownie crusts. phew, that's a lot of kitchen time. Thankfully the weather went all Antarctica on us and cooled down.
All this baking and cooking got me excited for Fall; the change in weather, more indoor cooking, warm sweaters, drinking by the fire pit, and of course; more cooking and baking! I have started a list, based on my husband's requests, of things I want to make as the weather forces me indoors. It seemed that as college football got started this weekend, so did my cooking extravaganza-to my husband's dismay, the first thing I made was not an apple pie with a flaky crust. I mean I just perfected the *French* version of the apple pie, now I need to make a flaky crust? hmmmm, I think I will need more kitchen hardware a la Amazon.com.
Did I tell you about the Fry Daddy and Truffle Oil I just purchased? no? I guess that's a story for another time.