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.
“The love of gardening is a seed once sown that never dies. ”