What can I do with this stuff?

p9173475csa.jpgWhen Jan brought home this week’s CSA box yesterday, I was astonished not to see green beans in it. The deluge of green beans seems to have given way to the endless stream of tomatoes. We have far more tomatoes than we can manage, and I’d like to turn them into tomato sauce and can it. My experience in this department has been only with Roma tomatoes, though. Is it possible to make and can good tomato sauce with regular tomatoes? Anyone have a recipe they think is good?

We also have what the CSA farmer told Jan is a cheese pumpkin. Neither of us has ever heard of such a thing, and we have no idea what to do with it. Suggestions?

3 Responses to “What can I do with this stuff?”

  1. Chrison 18 Sep 2008 at 9:09 pm

    Um, can your google-fu help with the pumpkin?! I have never heard of a cheese pumpkin…

  2. Kiranon 19 Sep 2008 at 12:24 am

    There is a little reference to cheese pumpkins in the newest issue of Martha Stewart magazine. The recipe is for a stuffed pumpkin stew which has chicken in it, but looks to me like it could easily be converted to a veggie recipe. I think the word cheese caught my attention. Funny. Anyway, it is on page 36.

    As for tomatoes, I’ve made sauce with all kinds of tomatoes and it turned out well. Lately, since I am due in a week, I have just been taking all of the excess tomatoes from my garden and just popping them in the freezer whole in ziplocs. Once they are frozen you can put them in soups or sauces and they kind of just melt. And then there is Tomato Flip, a la Mary Berrien. I love that stuff! Good on grilled foods.

    Good luck!

  3. Kiranon 19 Sep 2008 at 12:25 am

    Oh, and I have been looking for my Dilly Bean recipe, sorry I haven’t sent it to you yet! Maybe I’ll find it in time for NEXT summer’s green bean harvest.