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Saturday, August 22, 2009

The Tomato Harvest Party Cometh!

This Apron Queen of the Hunt is poised and ready for the kill. Her steely gaze and determined expression are requisite tools for harvesting...


The are prey. The are innocent victims. The vine-ripened, home-grown, heirloom tomatoes, they have a date with destiny.


The big game huntress has her kill carefully gathered in her apron. The tools of the harvest are in hand, the fruit is gathered, the party is coming...


The Salsa Goddess spies her quarry. She surveys a large herd in the distance. It was apparently a good season and many of the young have survived. The huntress has only to pick her prey.


They can run but they can't hide.


Captured with no chance of escape, these tomatoes are fated for chopping, roasting and slicing. Tomorrow will dawn a day for feasting.


The Junior Huntress stalks her game. It is large, round, multi-colored, and very bouncy. There is a certain gleam in her eye in anticipation of the kill.


Well, maybe it ate her instead of the other way around...


But at least she gets the title of first kid in the Jumpy House!!!

This, dear Apron Goddesses, is my kitchen counter. Let the Tomato Harvest Party commence!


And the carnage... Four kinds of salsa!!! West position: Fire-roasted salsa. North position: Green zebra tomato salsa. East position: Salsa Fresca (all raw vegetables). South position: Mango-peach salsa.

WHERE ARE MY TORTILLA CHIPS???
Oh yeah, I have to wait for the party to start.


Salsa payback is hell. My fingers have been burning for hours with the jalapeno peppers that I handle to create these masterpieces of dipping delight. I know, use gloves....

A day of rest will be required on Sunday. The aftermath will come next week. So much partying to do. So little time...

10 Goddesses Have Spoken:

Rebecca said...

You go girl!!! I have to make salsa today - if I get the time - otherwise, tomrrow. Yours looks YUMMY!! I've got the chips. And yes, wear your gloves!!!!

The Cookie Girl said...

I love those pics and those aprons!
If I only had a jet a plane of my own, I would be out there to help you. It sounds like so much fun.

Suzi said...

Let the party begin! Rest will have to wait until tomorrow afternoon.........it's off to soccer first thing in the AM.

Knitnut,Karen said...

The salsa's look yummy! I think I'll try to can some with my next batch of tomatoes, but today is pickles day! Love those aprons!

Sherri said...

Julia, that salsa looks wonderful and those tomatoes are absolutely beautiful!

Pricilla said...

What fun. To make it a party.
I make sauce and dry mine. Oh and can some with zucchinis and garlic.

Mine are all still green though.
*sigh*

San-Dee said...

Everything looks fabulous! When do we eat? If you end up with a lot of green ones, I have a fantastic recipe from my grandma for dilled green tomatoes to put up that I will gladly share.

the ungourmet said...

Aren't they gorgeous! Good thing you didn't scratch you nose or rub you eye when you were done. I am famous for this!

Five O'Clock Somewhere said...

Those are the best looking tomatoes!!! And that salsa...yummmy! I bet it is delicious!

tahtimbo said...

I'll be doing the same thing here pretty soon, but on a smaller scale. I only have one salsa recipe that I use, but I';m always on the hunt for more. Do you actually us green tomatoes in your Green zebra tomato salsa?
Have fun:)