Wednesday, July 21, 2010

tomato time

Given that squirrels ate our lettuce plants approximately 10 minutes after we planted them, I didn't have high hopes for the rest of our garden (this is our first year growing food so I thought I would give myself some slack).  However, I am proud to report that we have baby tomatoes that are alive and healthy!

Tomatoes on the vine
Last night a handful of them seemed to be ready to eat, so I picked them to eat with dinner.  I figured that I should grab them as soon as they were ready because I am sure the squirrels would love to eat them too...
Our first harvest!
I bought some basil and made pesto pasta to go with roasted cherry tomatoes (inspired by those we had at Amy and Michael's house a few weeks ago) and a butter lettuce salad.
Green goodness
Homemade pesto is SUPER easy.  I used the Joy of Cooking recipe and all it called for was basil leaves, parmesan cheese, pine nuts, garlic, and olive oil.  That's it!  It was part of my new resolution to use what we already have in our pantry.  Everything (except the basil) used in this meal was something we already had (or grew).  We also had an unexpected expecting visitor - my sister-in-law!    It was fun to share a nice (and simple) meal with her and her wee one on-the-way.

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