Bounty of tomatoes…

Today I decided I needed to roast up some of these tomatoes… we simply weren’t going to be able to consume all of these before they burst open. It’s not my Fresh Bounty … but I’m still blessed by it! (Thank you, again, Neighbor Bob!)

So, here’s what my kitchen activity looked like this afternoon…

First, let’s get the introductions out of the way. I’m pleased to introduce you to Tiny the Tomato! She’s my new friend. Isn’t she adorable?!

I secretly wish I could keep her around forever.

Isn’t that how it goes?!

Instead, let’s roast her and some of her friends… (I blame my dark sense of humor on being raised in the ’80s…)

With a paring knife, I cored each tomato…

Then I cut them into rather large slices…

And diced them into rather large dices…

I layered them, single layer, on a large cookie sheet…

I gently sprinkled some dried italian seasoning and kosher salt… followed by a gentle drizzle of olive oil. I sent them into their glorious future with a smashed clove of garlic.

(Garlic makes everything better, right?!)

And while I’m at it, let’s do two batches…

With the oven set at 225F degrees…

About an hour later…

I removed the tomatoes from the cookie sheets and divided them into two freezer bags, 2 cups per bag. Before placing them in the freezer I let them cool down a bit… then found a nice cozy corner of the freezer to securely hold them.

Next week sometime I’ll use 2 cups of the best-roasted-tomatoes-my-kitchen-has-ever-seen in a pot of homemade spaghetti sauce… good times!

So, in memorium… let’s have one last look at Tiny the Tomato.

enjoy your time in the kitchen…

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