Last year, I decided to plant tomatoes in a portion of the raised bed. With the irises out of bloom, it gave me a new project to pursue. I personally don't like to eat fresh tomatoes, but my husband does. I've heard it said that tomatoes bought in a store don't compare to home-grown garden tomatoes and there is something oddly empowering about growing your own food, So this year, I continued the tomato-planting tradition.
I like history and have been interested in heirloom plants for awhile. Somehow, I came upon the story of Radiator Charlie and his Mortgage Lifter tomatoes -it's a fascinating and inspiring story. This year I bought 8 Mortgage Lifter (yes, 8) from a local nursery, and three months later, our kitchen has an abundance of Charlie's famous tomato. If you've never heard of Charlie or his tomato, read all out him here:
Even though I don't like the taste of fresh tomatoes, I do love spaghetti and pizza. Using my garden tomatoes, I came up with a recipe for pizza sauce that I hope you will enjoy.
Garden Tomato Pizza Sauce
1 Tbsp. salted butter
1 1/2 cup garden tomatoes (different varieties have different flavors - for this recipe I used my Mortgage Lifters)
1 tsp. minced garlic
1 tsp. minced onion flakes
1 tsp. Italian seasoning
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
In a small saucepan, saute garlic in butter. Add tomatoes and the other remaining ingredients. Bring mixture to a boil and then reduce heat to simmer. Allow the sauce mixture to simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from heat and let the sauce set for two minutes.