Tomato and Raisin Chutney

Tomato and Raisin Chutney - Andrea Meyers

I remember August of last year very clearly. Our tomato plants were producing like crazy, and we were bringing in five to ten pounds each night. Michael and I looked at each other and said it was time to get a pressure canner. Until then, I’d only canned high-acid tomato recipes, and seven years ago… 

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Open-Faced Grilled Eggplant Sandwich with Pesto, Tomatoes, and Fresh Mozzarella (The Kids Cook Monday)

Open-Faced Grilled Eggplant Sandwich with Pesto, Tomatoes, and Fresh Mozzarella (The Kids Cook Monday) - Andrea Meyers

When I saw Cooking Light’s March feature about open-faced sandwiches, the photo of the eggplant sandwich stuck in my head. Their version was breaded with panko and piled with marinara and mozzarella, but all I could think about was grilled eggplant with our summer tomatoes and the big batches of basil pesto we make in… 

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Meat and Summer Vegetable Chili (The Kids Cook Monday)

Meat and Summer Vegetable Chili Recipe (The Kids Cook Monday) - Andrea Meyers

My guys love chili so much that they could eat it every week, even on a hot summer day. When we have a pot cooking on the stove, the boys ask me to take off the lid so they can see it cooking and stick their noses a little closer to soak in the aroma…. 

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Tomato Garden Preparations

Marigolds and Basil - Andrea Meyers

Over the past six years, we’ve done a lot of experimenting in our backyard garden, growing many types of plants and trying various locations to see what would work best. There has been plenty of failed experiments, and we’ve taken those experiences and changed things up a little each year. One important lesson we’ve learned… 

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Curried Peanut, Sweet Potato, and Tomato Soup (The Kids Cook Monday)

Andrea Meyers - Curried Peanut, Sweet Potato, and Tomato Soup

Peanut soup is something I’ve always wanted to try, so when we visited my parents in South Carolina, I picked up two bags of raw peanuts in the shells and had a fun afternoon shelling with the boys. I set out a half-sheet baking pan and gave each of the boys a pie pan, and… 

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Skillet Chicken with Orzo and Tomatoes

Andrea Meyers - Skillet Chicken with Orzo and Tomatoes

Last week we quickly harvested the last of our summer garden just before the night temperatures plunged into the 30s. We had baskets full of fresh basil to process and share with friends. I chopped and froze a bunch of tomatoes, threw several in this dish, and our kitchen counters are still completely covered with… 

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Sweet Yellow Tomato Salsa with Vidalia Onion, Red Chilies, Lime, and Cilantro

Andrea Meyers - Sweet Yellow Tomato Salsa with Vidalia Onion, Red Chilies, Lime, and Cilantro

Last year we started growing heirloom Ivory Egg tomatoes using plants we bought at Debaggio’s, our favorite herb farm and nursery. They always have a fantastic selection of healthy plants, and we ended up with 20 tomato plants, 4 tomatillo plants, 6 bell pepper plants, and 12 hot pepper plants. That may sound crazy, but… 

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Grilled Corn Salad with Black Beans, Tomatoes, and Bell Pepper

Andrea Meyers - Andrea Meyers - Grilled Corn Salad with Black Beans, Tomatoes, and Bell Pepper

I can’t believe it’s already Labor Day weekend. The summer seemed to fly by and suddenly September is here. We’ve been super busy with the garden this year and have hit that time when we know there’s only a month or so left for the summer crops. The tomatoes and peppers are slowing down, the… 

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