On My Mind...A Tomato Surprise!

I was in the basement getting something.  I can't recall what now because the great surprise blew it out of my head.   I moved a harvesting basket from the floor to a rather empty space on one the shelves.  Imagine my utter shock to see two jars of tomato sauce sitting there in plain sight on the shelf.  I thought we had run out of tomatoes in May! 
I had been lamenting not having tomato based anything for weeks....and here I was sitting on two jars the whole time!!!  Yeeeesh....  I'd even agreed to use store-bought sauce on two special occasions despite my pledge to wait until our harvest was ready for a true seasonal experience.  Yeeeeeesh.....

At this point I should probably say that I am a tomato-based foods junkie.  Give me chili, spaghetti, lasagna, pizza, tomato soup, sun-dried tomatoes, whatever you got!  I love it all, except ketchup.  I'd probably include a tomato element in all of my cooking if I had an endless supply.  Okay, maybe not all of it, but a vast majority.

So, needless to say I felt both like I'd won the lottery and like a total bonehead when I found those two jars down there.  I don't know how I missed them.  Its not like they were even hidden.  Silly, silly Beth.  Oh, well it was a really, really nice surprise.

We knew we had to do something special with these jars.  One is still in the cupboard at home.  I am not sure what its destiny will be yet.  The other was promptly made into a simple pasta sauce.  That might not sound special, but we did go all out and treat ourselves to store-bought pasta, multicolor shells, a shape which our pasta machine does not make.  It had been a while since I had anything but fresh, long pasta so it was a real treat. 

Now what to make with the last jar.....

The On My Mind concept come from  Rhonda on her Down to Earth blog.  Won't you join in on the fun?!


  1. Your blog is interesting, has left a great impression.
    Best wishes

  2. Finds like that are always thrilling. I am planning to make some more of the chow cow that I made two years ago as it went over so well with everyone. I just need to get some tomatoes and peppers growing so I will have enough green tomatoes and peppers to make several batches. I don't want to have to buy them if I can help it. Time to plant some more pepper seeds.

  3. Yum. Sometimes the simplest meals are the best aren't they.

  4. About a month ago, I, too, had been lamenting the fact I had no tomatoes in jars. Then, I found two jars way down on a bottom shelf and pushed back. Formerly, I could get down that far and back up, but, no, not now. I was raking jars to the front with a long cooking utensil when I found my two jars. One went into a pot of soup, and the other, I don't remember. I could eat tomatoes or paste or sauce or fresh tomatoes in everything I eat except breakfast. Okay, a BLT would be good for breakfast. I understand you completely on the tomato feeling.

  5. Don't you love surprises like that? That's when making your own stuff starts to pay off

  6. There is nothing better than finding a forgotten joy in the cupboard. It invokes inspiration and satisfaction. Lucky you. I have no doubt that your pasta dish will be delicious.

  7. YUM!
    Last year I planted 3 dozen tomatoes and we had a drought! Ugh.

  8. How exciting! In March, I remember finding two onions from last summer that had been hiding with the dried corn we give to the chickens. How they got left in that box I don't know, but I was so elated. Finding tomatoes when out of stock would be cause for a celebration!

    Your post made me smile...glad I followed it from Down...to...Earth.

  9. I want to know about those breadsticks in the background of your photos! - Sharon

  10. Kewl. It doesn't happen often but when it does it's like pennies from heaven.

  11. Sharon - Check out http://bld-in-mt.blogspot.com/2010/11/old-fall-back-spaghetti.html

    I haven't tried chow-chow, but just found a place in town that has it. I'm working up my courage to try it...

    Also, I am glad to know I am not the only one this has happened to. Hey, we all can use a nice surprise sometimes. It made my day.

    Thanks to you all for stopping by!


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