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Lifestyles & Community

June 12, 2014

The tomatoes are coming; the tomatoes are coming

RICHMOND — I got the first three tomatoes from my plants this week.

Granted they were cherry tomatoes, but tomatoes are tomatoes.

There are so many varieties to plant this year, but my favorite is the German Queen.

It produces the most yields of any tomatoes I have ever planted.

The taste is great also.

Let me tell you how to fix some of these products in ways you may not have tried before. How about in a cake!

GREEN TOMATO CAKE

Bet you thought I was going to give you the soup one.

INGREDIENTS:

1 cup of butter, softened

2 and 1/2 cups sugar

3 large eggs

3 cups all-purpose flour

1 and 1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon

1 tsp. baking powder

1 tsp. salt

1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg

1 and 1/2 cups diced tomatoes

1 cup golden raisins

1 cup chopped walnuts

DIRECTIONS:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour a 12-cup Bundt pan. Beat butter and sugar with an electric mixer until creamy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.

In a medium bowl, combine flour, cinnamon, baking powder, salt and nutmeg. Gradually add to butter mixture, beating well. (Batter will be soft.) Stir in tomatoes, raisins, and walnuts. Spoon batter into a prepared bunt pan. Bake for 70 to 75 minutes or until tester inserted in cake comes out clean. Let cool in pan on wire rack for 10 minutes. Remove from pan, and let cool completely. Spoon browned butter icing over the cake.

BROWNED BUTTER ICING

1/2 cup butter

1 cup confectioner’s sugar

In a medium saucepan over low heat, melt butter. Cook 6 to 8 minutes, or until butter is lightly browned. Whisk in confectioner’s sugar until smooth. Yields one cup.

I know I am repeating this story, but it was one of the best experiences I ever had while I was pregnant with my youngest child.

I lived at one time on a great street here in Berea, Boone Street. My next-door neighbor was a gentleman by the name of John Burgett. His daughter is Jean Morgan (Chuck).

Mr. Burgett was the king of Boone Street gardens. I do believe that he even swept his garden daily.

He was always getting on to me about my garden and my rows of weeds. Now I am pregnant and can hardly drive the car, much less pull weeds.

I finally had enough of his lessons on weed pulling that I decided to do him a favor. I went to the variety store and purchased a large plastic tomato. (Know where I am going with this?) One night late, I got into his garden, and with a safety pin, pinned this huge tomato on one of his plants.

The next day I heard him yelling at his wife to come and see the king-size tomato he had on one of his plants. He was in high gear and got so excited that he did not look as close at my creation as he should have.

But the look on his face when he cut the thing off the plant... I can’t write the words he directed at my house. But I felt like the man in a movie I watched once who put a dead fish into his neighbor’s rear car seat. Felt sooooo good.

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