Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Canning tomatoes & blueberry jam

Where am I going to put these?

What am I doing living in suburban Southern California and growing tomato plants and then spending tons of time canning them?  I guess it is some deep seeded need to get back to the hunter/gatherer/agricultural roots of humans - although keep out the hunter part.  This summer I grew six different tomato plants and canned 27 quarts of tomatoes.  The smaller jars on the side are filled with Blueberry Jam which was not grown by me but thankfully purchased at my local Trader Joe's.  I had to get creative on where I was going to put all the jars as my kitchen is the size of a shoe box.  One of my neighbors cracked me up when she suggested that I convince my husband to build me a cellar.     

Biscuits with Blueberry Jam

One more goodie for today:  The above mentioned Blueberry Jam enjoyed with scones out in my "Outdoor Room" my husband built for me for Mother's Day.  My children love biscuits and they are so easy to make   I use Marion Cunningham's Baking Powder Biscuit recipe from her Cooking with Children cookbook.  

Now I am off to take one child to freshman orientation and then back here to make Tomato Sauce with the 25 pounds of tomatoes I picked yesterday from my plot.  Another few days of pink fingernails are in my future!

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