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Supplies For The Herbal Wreath Workshop

Herbal WreathThe Design Committee is having an Herbal Wreath Making Workshop for members on Wednesday, October 23 at the Exeter Senior Center on 30 Court Street Exeter, NH. The fun begins at 2:00. The cost is expected to be $8 for Connie and $8 for Lynda ($16 total). You can pay at the workshop. Correct change would make things easier.

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Salted Dried Tomatoes, Oh My!

As the warmer weather has lingered into October, so has my garden proliferation of tomatoes.  Although not as many as in the summer, enough that I now have to find another way to handle them as I am sauced out, souped out and juiced out.  My freezer is full, and I am not a canner.  Where to go???  To dehydrating!

Tomatoes are easy to dehydrate, whether you use a dehydrator or oven.  If you do not have a dehydrator, just set your oven to 180-200 degrees F.  Slice THICKLY and lay flat.  20131006_102042

You can just dry them plain or use a seasoned salt to add wonderful flavors.  I recently visited the Salt Cellar in Portsmouth, NH and picked up a selection of their infused salts.  20131006_094503What a fun little shop with amazing flavors — but be sure to bring a water bottle because you can sample every variety (trying the Italian White Truffle Salt is a must!)!  These flavors will go along way so you only need to add a little to your tomatoes.  Or try your own herb seasonings.

Once you slice and season your tomatoes, if you are drying them in the oven check them every 45 minutes or so, and more frequently as they begin to dry.  They should become leathery and not feel squishy in any places.  If some become dry before others, remove them from the tray and put the others back in to continue drying.  If they dry to long they will become too crispy and may even burn.  Store them in an airtight container and they will easily keep for a year.

Dried tomatoes are great for snacking, especially in the winter when the horrible, tasteless tomatoes appear in the grocery store and you long for the flavors of summer!  A good project for a rainy Sunday!  ~ Patti

Too Many Tomatoes?

Make Sauce!

I had to share this recipe again because it is perfect for this time of year…I never made tomato sauce before because the thought of skinning, seeding, boiling, mashing, etc, was not appealing for so little return. But so many tomatoes and what to do with them??  Then I found this SUPER easy tomato sauce recipe from Coastal Magazine. You will love the way this tastes. You will find the recipe in our recipe box as well.

The Prickly Herb Burdock

Burdock Burrs

Burdock Burrs

You know those sticky burrs that latch on to your clothing as you traipse through the fields? They are from the burdock or Arctium plant. Often mistaken for a rank weed, the root of this herb is very useful and used for medicinal purposes. July through October is the peak flowering season, so look for it now.

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