Don’t Let This Fading Summer Pass You By

With our trip to Italy and our subsequent move back to SF, I wasn’t sure that I’d have time for what had become one of my favorite late summer rituals: making and freezing tomato sauce for the tomato-less months ahead.

We were still overseas when Mariquita Farms had their annual tomato u-pick. Although the farm drops off produce in SF fairly regularly, nearly every time they were in town, we weren’t able to pick up 20 pounds of tomatoes, much less prepare few quarts of tomato sauce.

One problem with our SF apartment has been the stove, a gorgeous old Wedgewood with four burners, two ovens (something I never thought necessary until I had one) and a persistent gas leak. After three visits from PG&E, after having the gas to the stove turned off twice because the stove repair person wasn’t, initially, able to eliminate the leaks, our stove appears to be back in business (fingers crossed).

And just in time: last week, Mariquita made their last SF tomato delivery of 2009 and I was lucky enough to get a flat of their San Marzano tomatoes (and lucky enough to have Mr. WholeHog to go pick up the tomatoes).

By the weekend, we found that for the first time in weeks, we had some free time and a working stove so we set to work making sauce. We rewarded ourselves with with pasta with the homemade sauce that night for dinner, while the rest of the sauce went to the freezer.

I haven’t been feeling ready for fall lately, but making tomato sauce and seeing those bright red jars set aside for the winter months, I felt like I was starting to shut the door on summer.


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