I've been to the veggie garden already...managed to fight off the saber tooth mosquitoes long enough to gather some zinnias. We have had more rain than usual this summer. More tomatoes than usual! Our grape tomato plants look like cucumber vines rolling through the zinnias, around the sunflowers, over the chives & other herbs. I'm not one to shape and prune the veggies...love to plant and let things be. The Roma plants kept their shape until the 3rd or 4th hail storm...they are still delicious! A favorite~ simple dish we first had in NYC:
New York Pasta!
6-8 Roma Tomatoes peeled & diced (or) 1 can of diced tomatoes
1 tsp. Garlic
1 tbsp. Pesto Genovese (Italian Basil Sauce by Flora) It's a paste~
2-3 tbsp. Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 can Artichoke Hearts cut in half (add a touch of the brine if the sauce seems dry)
Saute ingredients (covered, on low) until tomatoes are tender.
Serve over your favorite pasta. (we LOVE the new Ronzoni SmartTaste thin spaghetti)
SmartTaste has 3x the fiber and has a very firm texture.