Food In Focus: Dry-Farmed Tomatoes

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We were visiting outside San Diego County a couple of weeks ago and stopped at a Jimbo’s Market. I was in awe of a good size bin of the most beautiful, deep red tomatoes. At first I thought I was looking at the healthiest looking big, plump cherry tomatoes. The gardener in me was already envious that my own beautiful garden produce didn’t look like these, ruby red cherry tomatoes. A kind gentlemen came up beside me with a plastic bag in hand and started sharing about what he knew about these gorgeous fruits (scientifically speaking, tomatoes are fruits!).

Dry-Farmed Tomatoes” he tells me. As he proudly explains the process, he’s also attesting on how they’re the best tasting tomatoes he’s ever had and that they’re worth the price. Another man, comes up next to us, bag in hand and starts picking through the generous market offerings too. The second gentleman joins the convo agreeing that these were the best and that he was glad they made an appearance again in this market.

I had to have a stash of my own and picked out some hero tomatoes to try, educate myself on the process…and share these beauties on TC.

What are Dry-Farmed Tomatoes?

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Mini Chocolate Zucchini Carrot Cakes w/Cream Cheese Cinnamon, Ginger Topping


chocolate zucchini carrot cakes with whipped cinnamon, ginger cream cheese topping recipe | TeenieCakes.com

chocolate zucchini carrot cakes with whipped cinnamon, ginger cream cheese topping

These little decadent chocolate cakes are full of healthy secrets. Whether you bake up my recipe for small cakes or make a larger cake, your picky eaters will never guess that you’ve cleverly used some summer zucchini and a carrot for good measure! Besides its chocolaty and moist goodness, the distraction will be the light and whipped cream cheese cinnamon, ginger topping – and its hint of orange…

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Roasted Corn with Spicy Mayo-Lime & Cotija Cheese and ZipList Partnership!


Roasted Corn with Spicy Mayo-Lime  & Cotija Cheese recipe | TeenieCakes.com

Roasted Corn with Spicy Mayo-Lime & Cotija Cheese

Corn is sweet right now and charring them up on the grill and whipping up quick spreads in place of just plain old butter (however, I do love butter!) can kick grilled corn up to another level. Combinations of cheeses, spices and fresh herbs make summer’s beautiful corn harvest a side or snack to be remembered…

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Roasted Red Grapes Crostinis with Ricotta & Thyme recipe | TeenieCakes.com

Roasted Red Grapes Crostinis with Ricotta, Pine Nuts & Thyme

These crostinis are toasted with the lightness of extra virgin olive oil and then smeared with a dollop of soft and creamy ricotta cheese. Nestled on top of that ricotta are a couple of sweet red grapes and buttery delicate flavors from toasted pine nuts. It’s good eats with a glass of a crisp white wine!

Greek Yogurt Zucchini Bread with Walnuts recipe | TeenieCakes.com

Greek Yogurt Zucchini Bread with Walnuts

This is a great recipe – producing a moist, no-nonsense quick bread, without the need for mixers and such. Bake it up early in the morning or in the evening when it gets cooler during the hot summer months.

Edible Gardening - Pears | TeenieCakes.com

Edible, Organic Gardening: Figs, Peaches, Pears, Purple Bell Peppers and Guavas…

From a Wickson apple, Italian Plum, Tropic Pink Guava and purple bell peppers – Sharing what I’ve been up to in one of my favorite places – our edible garden of fruits, vegetables and herbs. Fresh, organic, and edible culinary delights!

Apricots and White Chocolate, Walnut Oatmeal Cookies recipe | TeenieCakes.com

Apricots and White Chocolate, Walnut Oatmeal Cookies

The pairing of the slight tang of the dried apricots with the subtle sweetness of white chocolate chips makes for a tasty combination in this oatmeal cookie classic.

Chocolate covered frozen banana bon-bons with pistachios recipe | TeenieCakes.com

Chocolate covered frozen Banana Bon-Bons with Pistachios

When you bite into each bon-bon and break through that egg shell like chocolate coating, the texture is like ice cream or frozen yogurt, you almost can’t believe it’s not…it’s just pure banana goodness.

Guava, Banana & Strawberry Yogurt Smoothie recipe | TeenieCakes.com

Guava, Banana & Strawberry Yogurt Smoothie

This summery, tropical smoothie includes healthy ingredient goodness like low-fat vanilla yogurt, honey, banana, strawberries and guava juice!