Our garden is a success this year! YAY! I’m so happy. Three years ago we dug up a chunk of grass in our small backyard and created our vegetable garden. Our first year wasn’t so successful. Only the turnips and carrots grew. The second summer was even worse. But third time is a charm, because everything is going nuts: tomatoes, green beans, zucchini, eggplant…
When my husband discovered that this year’s crop was going to be different, he took it over and became an obsessed man. He’d stop at the nursery on his way home and pick up some more vegetables to plant.
Each evening he’d hunt for caterpillars that lurked in the garden.
He’d lecture me on the right way to water the vegetables. Yes, he’s an engineer.
He sang Barry White tunes while helping the corn and zucchini pollinate. Long story.
I finally had to walk away from the garden – for the sake of our marriage. But, I get to enjoy our bounty and cook with it.
He does share.
What I’m most pleased with is that our tomatoes have FLAVOR. If you buy tomatoes at the grocery store, then you know what I mean. The grocery store variety is bland and juicy and blah.
In fact, I stopped eating tomatoes because of this. And it didn’t matter if I bought the tomatoes at the smaller markets or not. I certainly wasn’t going to spend $5 for one tomato at a farmer’s market to get something with taste, so I’ve gone relatively tomato-less.
But not this summer.
If you have an abundance of tomatoes in your garden or you have scored and found some tasty beauties at your market, then here’s a great steak recipe to feature your sweet jewels, Italian Flank Steak with Roasted Tomatoes.
These feature the sweet little cherry tomatoes. When roasted, they are even sweeter. These babies are amazing when paired with steak.
What’s growing in your garden this summer?