August 19, 2017

My Summer in Maine 2017, Part One

I love my summers in Maine.

Every year around this time, I try to spend a wonderful week, or two - give or take - at my beautiful refuge in Seal Harbor, Maine. This year, the weather has been fantastic, and it has been so much fun spending time with my daughter, Alexis, my grandchildren, Jude and Truman, and all my dear friends who visit.

This is the first of several blogs I will share featuring some of the highlights of my stay. My first week included a visit to the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Garden, a delicious lunch at the Islesford Dock Restaurant, hikes at Acadia National Park and spectacular views of Seal Harbor and the surrounding areas. Enjoy these photos.

August 18, 2017

Making Whole Tomato Sauce

This weekend, why not make some delicious homemade tomato sauce with tomatoes harvested from your own garden? It's so easy to do.

As you know from my last blog, I love making lots of tomato sauce. It's delicious, nutritious, and easy to add to your favorite pastas. Plus, if you have the freezer space, it can be stored in plastic containers for any time you need a tasty, quick meal. I also like to save it for entertaining - guests love this homemade sauce - and you will too.

Yesterday, before I left for another few days at Skylands, my home in Seal Harbor, Maine, I made several quarts of flavorful tomato sauce with the peeled and seeded tomatoes I prepared earlier in the week. Enjoy these photos.

August 17, 2017

Peeling and Seeding Tomatoes

We have such an abundance of tomatoes this season!

This week, I decided it was time to start preparing some of the tomatoes for homemade sauces. I love making lots of tomato sauce. Not only is it delicious and nutritious, but it can be stored in containers in the freezer for any time the craving hits - it's another great way to preserve the summer's bounty.

My housekeeper, Enma, and I, gathered all the newly-picked tomatoes, removed the skins, and separated the flesh and seeds. It was a multi-step process, but well-worth the effort for all the wonderful sauces I will enjoy the rest of the year. Here are some photos.