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Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary

yellow pear tomatoes ripening...

How does your garden grow? It grows very well, thank you. In fact it’s growing too well. My tomatoes grew faster than I could keep up with and now the branches are huge and heavy and not off the ground like they are supposed to be because I didn’t tie them up in time. I’ve been doing my best, climbing through the jungle of leaves and vines and green tomatoes and tying them up as tightly as I can before the branches themselves break from the weight but it’s not going so well. I may lose a lot of them.

bumper crop

Which won’t be the end of the world because I think I have about a thousand green tomatoes. If I lose 50 of them, I think I’ll still have more than I could ever eat, can and make salsa with.

smashed up tomato patch

An unfortunate thing happened this last weekend. I decided to leave my dog, Holly, out for the day and let the neighbor feed her that night instead of taking her to my mom’s like I usually do. I didn’t want to do this because the weather has been oppressively hot and my dog, who used to be an outdoor dog and stayed outside for five years of her life, is spoiled rotten now and likes to spend most of her time indoors, sleeping under the air vent. It was so sad. As I locked her out she looked at me with giant puppy dog eyes and her tongue hanging out.

But sometimes dogs have to stay outside. The patio was cool and shaded and she had some nice cement to lie on, I thought. So I put it out of my mind and went onto our normal weekend activities in Orange County.

hot dog

Well, Holly got hot. Do you know what dogs do when they’re hot and bored? They dig into the nice cool dirt in the tomato patch. She dug to China and made all kinds of tunnels through the tomato branches on her way there. Broken branches, busted leaves, green tomatoes everywhere. It was not a happy sight to come home to. But I couldn’t be too mad at her. I probably would have done the same thing if I’d been left outside all day in one-hundred degree weather when I’m used to the five star resort that is the indoors.

So I’ve forgiven her and promised I’ll never leave her out again.

green tomatoes

Anybody have any good fried green tomato recipes?


  • Madge

    It’s impossible to be mad at that face! :) I think that the tomato is the star of the fried green tomato so just coat and fry!

  • Heidi K.

    mmm, fried green tomatos. I agree with Bethany super easy peasy except I like to add paprika or chili powder to mine.

  • Michele

    A restaurant near us does a fried green tomato caprese salad. It is basically just stacks of fried green tomatoes, fresh mozzarella and basil with balsamic vinegar drizzled. It’s so good it makes you want to smack someone.

  • KelleyD

    If you would be interested, I have a canning recipe somewhere for pickled green tomatoes. More sweet than savory. Canned with clove so that has a big part in the flavor.

  • Trisha

    Oh yeah!! Fried Green Tomatoes!!! Sprinkle some salt (or pepper)on the tomato slices…then lightly coat them in flour…then dip them into an egg/milk mixture… then into cornmeal (with a little sugar – that’s the trick!)… then fry ’em up!!

    To be utlra cool (and totally traditional), serve then on Fiestaware plates!! (Made in West Virginia!!)

    Love it!!

  • TexasLea

    I do the mix of cornmeal and flour. I like to dip them in a spicy dip made from ranch dressing and hot sauce. Yum!

  • lisasaysto

    My mother used to leave the green tomatoes on the windowsill until they turned red. They’ll continue to ripen.