Last night we ate the last of the garden's tomatoes. Not bad for December 1! Before the first frost several weeks ago, we rescued all the green tomatoes still on the vine. Most of them I turned into a savory green tomato relish which I processed using the boiling water bath method. Salsa in January makes the winter a little more bearable.
The rest of the tomatoes I carefully laid in a box and set aside for ripening. Over the weeks, they ripened slowly (or in some cases, they rotted, but I don't expect perfection), and we enjoyed them in salads. And then the remaining fresh tomatoes went into last night's dinner: rough chopped and roasted in a hot oven with onions, garlic, olive oil and basil. Served with sauteed chicken hearts (marinated and sliced thin, oh so yummy!), it became a nutrient-dense last farewell to summer. On December 1!
So now I have to make peace with winter.
In other news, Lucy is almost 3 months old. Great googly moogly, the time is flying by with her!