Freeze Report and Green Tomato Pasta

The freeze forecast for Saturday morning didn’t happen but it did get plenty cold – I measured forty degrees on the porch. The Sunday morning freeze seemed like much more of a sure thing and sure enough, the pan of water I put outside iced over and the field around the garden was white with frost. It’ll be a few days before we know the extent of the damage to the garden and other plants. Don’t expect to have any bug problems for a while. The rest of the week should be back into the 60’s and 70’s and I’ll remove all the covering Monday. I almost feel guilty about it, looking at little Tommy barely breaking zero and me wimping at 40.

I just finished reading a book that Chris got me last Christmas. I normally read the ones he sends quickly but this was an 850 page Stephen King book and I was intimidated by the size and the commitment to see it through. I finally started it a couple of weeks ago and the pages literally flew by. The book is entitled 11/22/63, the date JFK was assassinated. The story line is a guy is led to a time portal that takes him back to 1958 with the mission to stop the assassination. It’s a well written, fascinating story and I highly recommend it to anyone able to lift it. I think even if you put it on a Kindle, it would be heavy.

Had an interesting supper Saturday – the radish soup mentioned a few posts back plus a new green bean salad. So it was mostly a garden produced meal. The soup was good, not incredibly good, but fine. I think it would be better with some hot sauce to spice it up a bit. I’m OK with saving the leftovers for Joey. The salad was really tasty and will become a regular feature during green bean season. It includes lightly cooked green beans, chopped walnuts, dried cranberries, and a vinaigrette sauce. The previous night’s meal was also 100% local content – fried perch, cabbage, sweet potatoes and lettuce based salad. Tonight is my night to cook and I made pasta with green tomato sauce – that’s also a new recipe (for us). You can only eat so many fried green tomatoes so we’re on the lookout for new ways to use them. It turned out really good and definitely one we’ll repeat. Next time I’ll use linguine instead of angel hair just because I prefer heftier noodles but the sauce/topping was really tasty. Just think, if you don’t grow your own tomatoes, you could never have pasta with green tomato sauce.

Progress report – 5 days ago I took cuttings from the most vigorous tomato plants to try to root them for garden planting maybe in February. I filled two 18 position plant trays, made sure the potting soil was wet, and then set them on plastic in the dark of the guest bedroom. I wasn’t sure how many, if any, would make it. As of now, they all look exactly the same as when I made the cuttings. No wilting, drooping, or change in color. That has to be good because if you break off a piece of a tomato plant and just let it sit outside, it will be totally wilted in under an hour.

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