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Old September 12, 2017   #31
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It looks like a good one. Seems to be a lot of variation in size, some folks getting a large cherry, others getting tennis balls. what size were they for you? And how did they taste?

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like you say ...small ...to cherry
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Old September 12, 2017   #32
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Gave some more away today and a bit less "frazzled " as nan puts it ...LOL

People sure do like the Brandyfred Tomatoes and Zlotoe Serdtse and lots of comments

of the Rose Quartz multiflora clusters .....looking like bundles of grapes etc.

Trying my best not to waste ....etc.
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Old September 12, 2017   #33
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It's good to de-frazzle the Bear.

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Old September 16, 2017   #34
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It's good to de-frazzle the Bear.

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I agree ....

things are slowing down a bit as more plants are being decommissioned etc.


I felt a bit like the sorcerer's apprentice ......and like I had inadvertently cast the

Tomato harvest spell ...and things were getting out of control LOL


It is a good thing things are slowing now but constant fall garden management is needed before it is too late ........what about all those other "non tomato " garden things ......oh oh......LOL
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Old September 16, 2017   #35
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Well, its a hard thing to wish fewer tomatoes on anybody, but I'm glad you're not so overwhelmed as things taper off. Feel the satisfaction of that packed larder!

My mother grows tomatoes for productivity, and I've seen that desperate look on her face as she brings in yet another big bowl of tomatoes, knowing she has trays and trays of ripe ones in a backroom.

(We just made 7 more liters of tomato soup... )
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Old September 16, 2017   #36
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I felt a bit like the sorcerer's apprentice ......and like I had inadvertently cast the

Tomato harvest spell ...and things were getting out of control LOL

Lol, heard that! DH and I were gratefully pulling tomato and squash plants up today! Looks great now in those two beds but we still have 70-odd tomato plants to go and after being gone for a week, still trying to catch up with the beans, peppers, and okra! I thought this was the 'fun' time! Lol
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I personally don't think you can ever have TOO much tomato soup!
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I personally don't think you can ever have TOO much tomato soup!
AMEN, MdTNGrdner! The recipe is a copycat for Panera's tomato soup and sooooooooo good with sourdough bread!

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Nice!! I haven't had their version but have you posted the recipe or have a link? Yummy tomato soup!
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Here's the recipe, I made the following changes: home grown tomatoes made into sauce(instead o canned), no chicken stock (though I have put a bouillon cube in sometimes), and where it says to chop the onion, instead just puree it & cook it with the sauce so that you don't need to puree the whole thing later.

http://www.thenovicechefblog.com/201...opycat-recipe/

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Thanks for the link!

This looks really similar to my homemade, "throw it together" version but I'll try it with homemade tomato sauce, home canned stock, the onion pureed as you do, and minus some or all of the sugar and compare! I think it sounds really good - and really it's hard to go wrong with tomato soup aside from acidity/sweetness... Yum
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MdTNG, sounds like you already have a good "throw together" tomato soup!

I didn't keep to their measurements for the spices, sugar & cream; just used the "taste method" to decide how much it needed. I also added Garlic Salt and Garlic Pepper rather than plain salt/pepper or real garlic.
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BTW, BlackBear, I've been meaning to ask you about your world famous borscht. I've never eaten borscht, but thought it was beet-based. Does yours have tomatoes?

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BTW, BlackBear, I've been meaning to ask you about your world famous borscht. I've never eaten borscht, but thought it was beet-based. Does yours have tomatoes?

Nan
Yes it is Beet based .....I use the roots and the tops in the base ...

and as I blend in other veggies into the mix (Yes it is Borsht ...Beet based )
I always throw a spare frozen tomato or 2 into an 11-13 liter batch .

It's the additives that are there... that are subtle and not overcome the Borsht so much ...

that yer Babba will proclaim ....."That's not Borsht ! .....That's Vegetable soup !"

Yes Beet based ...always .
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