Recently, a friend of mine, started calling herself a farmer. I was a little perplexed by this self-appointed status because I have been to her lovely home and there are no signs of it being a farm. There are no animals to feed and care for, save for the orioles just outside her kitchen window. And there are no fields to plant or harvest. In fact, I’m pretty sure her husband can have the whole lawn mowed in less than an hour. And that’s without the use of a tractor. But that doesn’t mean that there isn’t a beautiful bounty coming from this small plot of land in the middle of Appleton.
It turns out, my friend’s “farm” is tucked away on the side of her garage. There you will find four lovingly cared for container planters from which several varieties of tomatoes and peppers, along with basil and rosemary grow. I was offered a tour of the farm just after planting season as the growing season was getting under way. I have to admit, I hardly saw a garden, let alone a farm. But now it’s time to harvest the crops and based on the yield, I’m ready to call it a farm!
Just the other day, my friend arrived on my doorstep with an overflowing bag of goodness. I was astonished at the abundance of vegetables she was able to cultivate! She was a little exasperated as she is running out of benefactors for her ample surplus of produce.
As any gardener farmer knows, when the crops are ready for harvest creativity is in order. In Janet’s case tomatoes have been especially prolific this summer. While I turned my bag of veggies into a batch of the most delicious, fresh salsa I have ever tasted, Janet was busy turning out one of her favorite summer recipes….
Admittedly, I had no idea what tomato pie even was until she sent me the before and after pictures. Before meaning, a picture of the assembled pie just before it went into the oven. And after, right when it came out. Let’s just say, I could almost taste the deliciousness of this concoction just by looking at it. Immediately I knew I needed this recipe. And not only that, I wanted to share it with you…
Before I get to the recipe, Miss Janet wanted you to know there are two things that are very important to its successful execution. (Please read the following caveats with your best southern drawl)
You must use homegrown tomatoes. In the South, where Miss Janet hails from, she says everybody and their brother grows their own tomatoes. Consequently, she has never tasted a store bought tomato and thus cannot vouch for their suitability in this recipe (wink wink).
Secondly, again being from the South, the only mayonnaise Miss Janet dares to use in her recipe is the famed Duke’s Mayo. I myself am quite the Hellmann’s fan so I don’t think this one is a game changer, but nevertheless I want you to have the greatest chance for success when you try this recipe.
Without further ado, I present to you… [Read more…]