In My Kitchen – August 2014

I am finally finding the time to join in on an In My Kitchen post. The lovely Celia over at Fig Jam and Lime Cordial hosts this monthly event. I have been enjoying everyone’s posts and keep meaning to put one up myself. Well the time has come and here I am!

This month continues with garden madness. Things are finally slowing down which is bittersweet. I will miss the tomatoes, but not necessarily all the work. Here is what I picked this morning, tomatoes, peppers, a zucchini and a melon. Earlier in the summer I would have had two baskets or more full so this really is not much for us.

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This next item is what has been consuming a chunk if my time. The picture didn’t turn out well, what with the light in the freezer in the way and all! I have been roasting all my tomatoes and peppers with garlic and olive oil in the oven. Then I put it in bags and now have a freezer well stocked. We look forward to enjoying the sauces in the winter months in soups, stews, chili, marinara etc. This is much easier than canning, plus not nearly as hot. Canning in South Carolina in the heat of the summer isn’t fun! Oh yeah, there is also a glimpse of the pesto I am freezing as well. I need to make more of that this weekend….

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Yesterday my parents stopped by Costco on their way home from the mountains. We don’t have one here in town so it is always fun to see what they find. This time my mom got a huge container of organic coconut oil for me. We use this a lot for granola and pancakes, among other things.

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And finally we have Jack’s clay “bowl” he made in art camp. It is currently residing on my kitchen counter. He wants it in his room to use for a toy dish. I won’t let him since I know he, or his brothers, will break it.

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To check out what is happening in everyone’s kitchens head on over here.

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44 thoughts on “In My Kitchen – August 2014

  1. Liz

    What a fun post ๐Ÿ™‚ Especially love the bowl and its occupant. I have the Costco coconut oil In My Kitchen, too ๐Ÿ˜€

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  2. ChgoJohn

    Your garden is winding down? I just picked my first cherry tomatoes, though, to be fair, Squirrel has picked a few ripening San Marzano tomatoes. I can appreciate your not wanting to can in the Southern heat. I haven’t canned or preserved a thing yet. I’ve just been too busy to start. This may be a ‘light’ year in that regard. Love that ashtray. When Mom passed away, I came across many of the gifts we kids made for her. She kept them all, no matter haw badly the passing years had treated them. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. MamaD1xx4xy Post author

      Pesky animals! We had somebody or something attack our gala apple tree yesterday. I am pretty sure it is deer. I absolutely adore galas and am quite upset, especially since this would be our first good year from that particular tree. As for canning I have only done small batches. I have decided that the small batches work best for me, at least this time of year. It is August so that means we approach the 100s, definitely not canning weather. Enjoy the tomatoes.

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  3. ladyredspecs

    Welcome to IMK Ngan. Summer tomatoes, a wistful memory. I avoid doing anything in the kitchen that produces heat when the weather is hot too, the freezer makes perfect sense.

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    1. MamaD1xx4xy Post author

      Thanks! Freezing is definitely the way to go if you are lucky enough to have extra freezer space. I look forward to getting a deep freezer in the next year or so.

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  4. emmabarrett1508

    Those home grown vegetables look delicious. I love the clay bowl your son made too, so cute. You’ve reminded me that I need to get some coconut oil. Hope you enjoy my IMK post too. Your boys are so alike. So sweet. Emma.

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    1. MamaD1xx4xy Post author

      Thanks! Glad I finally got around to an IMK post. Your post was wonderful, I am jealous of all the eggs, also missing my fresh blackberries as our season is long over.

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  5. Celia @ Fig Jam and Lime Cordial

    Hooray! How nice to have you joining in, thank you for playing Gretchen! Love the look of your veg, but also that lovely freezer drawer full of promise – I’m big on storing things in there as well for future meals. We don’t make our own passata anymore as we can’t grow the right tomatoes – I do miss it though! Jack’s bowl is gorgeous! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. MamaD1xx4xy Post author

      The bowl is wonderful, thank you! I have been using all varieties of tomatoes for various sauces, each has a unique flavor. Looking forward to enjoying them this winter.

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  6. Shanna Koenigsdorf Ward

    Hola, Amiga. What a gorgeous summer bounty! Your coconut oil and frozen pesto/roasted tomato sauce brought a big grin to my face. We are – always- foodie soul sister. Thinking of you this week during the summer swim lesson and activity grind… My best! Your food is fabulous. You will be a chef in your next life (or maybe this one!).

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    1. MamaD1xx4xy Post author

      Thank you Shanna! The freezer is getting full. Can’t wait to get my deep freezer in the next year or so, just need to have hubby finish his garage so I can kick all his stuff out of mine. Another busy week with plans changing constantly…three mornings of Kindergarten orientation, pool party and now Jack with a fever. I had such big food plans and haven’t gotten to them yet….

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  7. Ngan R.

    Wow, I am green with envy upon looking at your veggie basket! What a lovely garden to make all that sauce with! I will soon be making and freezing various sauces, too, to enjoy all fall and winter long. Coconut oil! I heard it’s very good for food and for rubbing on dry skin spots. Jack’s bowl looks great, too. ๐Ÿ™‚

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      1. MamaD1xx4xy Post author

        Just discovered more cantaloupe in the garden yesterday! Strange since the first one was about 6 weeks ago, but I’ll take what I can get!

  8. Anne Wheaton

    How efficient and organised is your freezer? What a lovely bounty to have stashed away for the winter. Our tomatoes are just coming into full production – wonderful for the first few days but then it can become a bit too much.

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  9. Kim

    I LOVE coconut oil! Yesterday I made my chocolate, white chocolate chip cookies with it!! I use it for tons of things for either baking or cooking!
    The clay bowl is cute!!

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  10. Karen

    I always freeze my tomatoes just as you do. Even though we don’t have the heat of the south here in New England, I find freezing works best for me as well.

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    1. MamaD1xx4xy Post author

      Harvest season is the best. Lots of work but worth it. I am looking forward to the autumn harvest now, pumpkins galore! I can taste the pumpkin scones, muffins, ice cream….

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  11. ardysez

    I live in a hot place when the produce is at its peak, too, Gretchen. So if I preserve anything it is in the freezer. My Mom used to do both but by the time I was interested in such things, she was only doing the freezer thing, so that is what I learned. I’m sure you are super busy with three boys in the summer, so thanks for taking time to post!

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    1. MamaD1xx4xy Post author

      We have been busy this summer. I am looking forward to two of them starting school next week! Freezing is the easiest thing to do in the heat. I still enjoy small batches of jam, but tomatoes are much easier to freeze. Thanks for stopping by.

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  12. Liz

    Miss tomatoes? what about all those delicious sauces stashed away in your freezer?โ€ฆwhat a bountiful of harvest and stocks or roasted tomatoes and peppers with a hint of garlic. I can imagine the taste and aroma too! We finally have a Costco in my small town here. The first week it was opened was crazy. It was so fully packed..and they’re selling gas too. There is a Walmart not too far off and I bet it has taken a chunk of their business. Enjoy the new week, I’m glad to see Jackโ€™s clay โ€œbowlโ€.

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