We were hammered by wind from hurricane Ike yesterday. The weather report said there were gusts up to 75 mph and it looks like it around here. Our yard is full of broken limbs and we lost a few trees on the farm lane and in the pastures. The one thing that would have made it all worthwhile would have been a good, soaking rain, but we didn't get a drop. It's been at least 7-8 weeks since we've had a decent rain and we are about to dry up and blow away. (This is probably my payback for all that complaining about rain back during the winter! Does it always have to be feast or famine?)
Monday, September 15, 2008
What's for lunch?
This time of year, it is usually BLT....and sometimes that's what's for breakfast and dinner, too! It's my favorite sandwich all the time, but right now, when the tomatoes are in the last of their glory days, I feel the need to eat as many as I can. Lot's of Hellman's mayonnaise (I have switched to Light Hellman's, if that helps excuse the excess) and some of those tiny kosher dill pickles and I couldn't want for anything better! Like most people, I can't stand winter tomatoes. They are a poor imitation of the real thing. I have found that I can get by with cherry or grape tomatoes for salads during the "off-season". Those seem to have a ripe taste closer to my garden tomatoes. I understand that commercial growers have to grow varieties that will store and ship well, but for my money, I'd rather just wait for truly ripe homegrown tomatoes. I've been freezing Roma tomatoes every week and now should have enough stocked up to use in chili and soup for most of the winter. (which probably seems a little silly, given the reasonable cost of canned tomatoes these days, but it makes me feel good to know I have done it)