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Old 09-08-2014, 08:19 PM   #281
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Got the eggplant and garlic roasting in the oven for this:

{Eggplant} Polpette di Melanzane - The Free Range Life

Gonna freeze the eggplant balls.

Got tomatoes in the dehydrator as well.

Beans...I think i'll feed those to the Girls...
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Old 09-08-2014, 08:24 PM   #282
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Usually this time of year I'm starting to get tired of preparing tomatoes for sauce for the freezer. This year we're barely getting enough for eating fresh off the vine. Boo Hoo. Be careful of what you complain about!
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Old 09-08-2014, 09:11 PM   #283
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Got the eggplant and garlic roasting in the oven for this:

{Eggplant} Polpette di Melanzane - The Free Range Life

Gonna freeze the eggplant balls.
Gosh-darn if this isn't good. I have never made these (or eaten them) before. Now, mind you, I used about 1/2 c of limpa bread crumbs because I found a partial loaf in the freezer. So toasted that to dry it out (actually, I threw it in the dehydrator for an hour at 135), made it in to crumbs. I also roasted a head of garlic and added that to the crumbs. I also added some toasted/roasted tomatillos because I had those, roasted onion and regular onion, some sourdough bread crumbs. YUM!!! Grated some lemon zest and orange zest. So good, easy, good, freeze well, inexpensive when eggplant is in season (or in the garden). I bet you could leave the cheese out if you don't have it, it adds a dimension, possibly sub nutritional yeast or maybe grated paneer. Gotta see if I can sneak these by the DH--he doesn't like eggplant. I don't know that the average person would know these are eggplant "balls" vs. turkey or chicken balls...
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Old 09-08-2014, 09:25 PM   #284
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Those do sound good, CWS...I love eggplant!
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Old 09-08-2014, 09:34 PM   #285
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Usually this time of year I'm starting to get tired of preparing tomatoes for sauce for the freezer. This year we're barely getting enough for eating fresh off the vine.
Same here. I broke down and bought a lug of Romas and a lug of field tomatoes because all I have on my plants are green tomatoes that have been sitting like that for weeks. They're under plastic, but we could get a hard freeze any time. (Another) weird year. Even the cherry tomatoes aren't ripening.

Ten pts. of green beans cooling in the canner and another two qt. in the dehydrator. A load of Fiesta Corn Relish that I built yesterday is next. And a tray of peaches in the freezer that will be mixed with other frozen fruit for 'smoothie packs'.
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Old 09-08-2014, 09:35 PM   #286
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Those do sound good, CWS...I love eggplant!
Easy, PF. I am freezing them so I have "meatballs" for sauce, but one can make them and eat them with sauce, without, probably would be good in a "meatball" sandwich. The texture is very much like that of a chicken or turkey meatball.
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Of topic with a smile. I am in the middle of pickling tomatoes, they usually take between two and three weeks. i have to admit fermenting process stinks. My wife calls me yesterday the moment she walks in the house and tells me it's either her or tomatoes. Of course dear, I understand, tomatoes it is
Well, I did go to store and bought $40 worth of scented candles. She decided to stay.
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Roasting tomatoes, garlic, tomatillos, onion, jalapenos for salsa.
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Of topic with a smile. I am in the middle of pickling tomatoes, they usually take between two and three weeks. i have to admit fermenting process stinks. My wife calls me yesterday the moment she walks in the house and tells me it's either her or tomatoes. Of course dear, I understand, tomatoes it is
Well, I did go to store and bought $40 worth of scented candles. She decided to stay.
What a guy! No wonder she decided to stay!
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I'm prepping more tomatoes from the farmer's market to roast and freeze for the winter. Looking forward to my first minestrone soup
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