No better way to start this blog than to say we have more tomatoes than two people can eat. Last spring was our first time to have a vegetable garden. We planted a variety of vegetables then, but this spring Jim wanted all tomatoes! Much to our surprise the plants grew to be enormous.

We were constantly re staking and pruning to keep them under control. It was like one of those B movies, The Tomatoes That Ate the Planet Earth. We have been picking a basket full every day for the last 3 weeks. We planted Beefmaster, Celebrity, Early Girl, and Juliet.

The Juliets are my favorite! They are nice and firm when ripe and small enough to pop in your mouth for a snack. This past weekend I decided to make a Pica de Gallo to use up some of the tomatoes. The recipe I found only used tomatoes. I had some tomatillos I had bought to use in my last painting ( I am also an artist) so I added those and an avocado I already had. We ate it over nachos and in fish tacos, yum.

Pica de Gallo recipe:

2-3 cups diced tomatoes
2 small tomatillos, shucked and diced
1 clove of garlic, minced
1/4 cup diced onion
1/4 cup chopped cilantro
2 jalapenos (stems and seeds removed) diced
1 lime, juiced
1/2 tablespoon olive oil
Salt to taste
1. Mix all the ingredients except avocado and let it sit for half an hour.
2. Add diced avocado right before serving .