September 25, 2012

You say tomato...


...I say tomahto.  Let's call the whole thing off.

Summer that is...kaput.  No matter how you slice it, the last tomato on the vine means summer is finito folks. Sigh.  And every year, as I look at those withering tomato vines I ask myself  "WHY do I always seem to schedule our summer vacays at those precise two weeks of tomato-palooza?????"   ARGH, always seems to happen.  We lovingly nurture our few tomato plants, get excited at those first few yellow flowers, call each other out to the patio when we see the first small green tomatoes burst forth,  make sure we water those babies when all of our other plants wilt in the summer heat.  And then...right when all the hard work comes to fruition with visions of tomato sandwiches, panzanella and caprese salad dancing in my head...we vacate the premises for vacay.  Every stinkin' year.



"Summer's Last Hurrah"


Yes, we actually got to eat very few tomatoes this year...as usual.  This is the last of my babies on the vine catching a few morning rays.  The days are starting to feel cooler and the sun is turning in a bit earlier lately. As carefree summer disappears in my rear view mirror, I always find myself inspired to return to the kitchen with a renewed fervor.  As the Better Half can attest to, I kinda avoid the kitchen during the hot summer months. Lots of salads, veggies and fruits that don't require much prep...dinner reservations require even less.  But Autumn is a whole new ball game.  



"Autumn's First Cheer"

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Yep, I smell Fall in the air.  And this morning it kinda smells like tomato sauce.  Ciao tomato vines, arrivederci summer.  Benevenuto Autumn.

--Kathy





24 comments:

  1. Fall is in the air indeed! I love the first picture, the lighting, the tomahtoe, all of it!

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  2. We're definitely feeling fall here, too. I love it!

    That shot of the tomato is beautiful...and your sauce? Makes me want to go make some of my own tomorrow. :)

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  3. We had a but cooler weather yesterday. Our tomatoes were lousy this year- I love to roast them for tomato soup. These are delicious shots

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  4. Oh, wow! That sauce looks so yummy! If you haven't guessed it already, I'm the food loving aka greedy blogger bud. lol I #love food posts. Especially, when the pics look scrumptious. Fall is definitely in the air, and I'm not loving it so much. #summer babe!

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  5. I know what you mean - no more fresh veggies means fall is here. Bummer. I think it got down to 40 last night. Ugh! I just posted a few days ago what to do with all the tomatoes now including a recipe to my sauce- we must be thinking alike! :)

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    1. How did I miss that? I will def check it out!

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  6. My neighbor is Italian, a real Italian born in Italy. :) She always cooked her sauce from fresh tomatoes in a big pot outside over a wood fire. Sounds lovely doesn't it? One year we had a drought and well, you know the rest of the story. She never did that again. The fire was closer to our house than to hers but fortunately, other than burned trees, no harm was done.

    Now I should go see how many tomatoes we have left before they are done for the year.

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  7. The lighting in that photo of the tomato is simply breath-taking!! As for the end of summer - I am firmly in denial!!

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  8. lovely post and I love your tomato picture. I took my tomato plants inside the house coz the fall is here and theya are not ripe yet. We had a rainy summer.
    From OWT.
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  9. Tomatoes are our favourites too. All kinds of them. Lovely photos.

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  10. Oh my, you had me at that tomato but that sauce, I can smell it from here!!! We still have the warm weather here, but I can tell fall is here by the light in the sky and of course the earlier sunsets. Maybe by the time we get to the end of football season I can wear jeans?! haha

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  11. I say a good riddance to this bad summer, too hot, too dry and just down-right awful. I welcome the fall with open arms and say so long to summer. And yes, the Fall does bring out the soup cookin' in me. Your sauce looks delicious!!

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  12. What a delicious rich looking sauce you've made. Two perfect photos and commentary.

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  13. A beautiful macro capture with ligh & shade.
    Your very own home grown tomatoes Kathy .... There's nothing sweeter.

    "Adelaide and Beyond"

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  14. I can see and smell autumn in your pictures....

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  15. You know I don't really like to cook "meals" but when I can open the windows and let all the scents blow through I kinda do like it. So Fall is my cooking season too. I guess its even just as nice in the winter to leave the oven cracked open after you've pulled the casserole out. Beautiful pics. The sauce looks DELISH!

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  16. Cute post and your tomato picture is stunningly beautiful!! :)

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  17. Wonderful photos! It is kind of sad that the gardens are winding down, but I do enjoy the fall crisp air. Your fresh tomato sauce looks delicious!

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  18. I have tried and tried to plant tomatoes. They start off looking great, But by mid summer they don't do to well in this heat. And to tell you the truth the ones that make it really don't taste to good either. Now zucchini is a whole different story. I have no problem with those. Wonderful photos my friend.

    Hugs~

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  19. Beautiful captures. Luckily we still have lots of tomatoes. You inspire me to make more tomato soup!

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  20. Love those tomatoes and love your comic sense and the Comic Sans font.

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  21. Calling by from NF-Blo-Ma today, lovely photos and words! Our tomatoes were a failure this year as it was too hot, they got scorched how ever much we watered!!!

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  22. Great shot .. I don't eat them, but I love to see how they are green and then turning into red ;o)

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