You might be able to guess what I'm having for dinner tonight (and lunch earlier ... and lunch tomorrow and possibly dinner, too). That's right, leftover Indian food. Since I don't have any new food to show you today, I figured I'd dig through my old photos file. While it's true that I haven't been blogging much since my westward expansion, it is also true that I've been taking pictures of everything all the same. Lucky for me, because now when I cook one night, I have to eat the same thing a few meals in a row. It'll save you all from photos of my leftovers during MoFo. You're welcome ;)
I have a great CSA here in Richland. I've posted about my awesome hauls a few times. I love getting all the produce, but I simply cannot get through a full box in a week. I try to eat the things that will go bad, so that I'm at least throwing away a minimum of stuff. I've done some canning with some of it, which I'll talk about later this month (watch for that! it'll be good stuff). A few weeks ago, I found myself with almost three weeks worth of tomatoes, and no way to eat them all in the face of getting even more tomatoes in a few days. I primarily had roma tomatoes, but not nearly enough to make even a jar of sauce. I decided instead to oven-dry them before they became all wrinkly and ornery.
Emergency oven-dried tomatoes
A method more than a recipe
Preheat your oven to the lowest setting you have. The directions I saw called for 140*F, but my oven will only heat to 170*, so I went with that.
Wash your tomatoes, and cut off any bad spots. Cut the tomatoes in half (if they are large tomatoes, perhaps you should cut them in quarters). Put a cooling rack on a cookie sheet. Place your tomatoes skin-side down on the rack. I found that they can touch, because they're just going to shrink. I sprinkled salt on top of my tomatoes, but it's totally optional. I think you could put other herbs on there, but this was my first attempt at drying tomatoes, so I kept things simple.
|* So cheap and juicy! *|
|* They're just humiliated tomatoes *|
Store in an airtight container and enjoy as you see fit! I have had a few chopped on pizza, and they are very delicious.