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farmer jo dishes up tomatoes by Joanna Piatek | 1 2 3
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This quick side dish is a great way to use up almost too ripe cherry tomatoes. I would have never thought of cooking the little guys until my mom served this as a side one night. Now the garden cherry tomatoes are hoarded for this dish.

Cherry Tomatoes & Garlic 
1 pint ripe cherry tomatoes
2-5 cloves of garlic, crushed
1 Tablespoon olive oil
Salt and Pepper  

Heat a large skillet. Add olive oil, and toss in garlic until it begins to turn golden brown and you can smell the garlic. Add tomatoes and cook 2-4 minutes until a few begin to split. Take off the heat and sprinkle with lots of salt and pepper. Serve hot.

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So Good! That's really all I can say about this: so good it leaves me speechless.

So Good! Tomato Sauce
6-8 large tomatoes, peeled and chopped
6 or more (or less) cloves of garlic
olive oil
1 Cup feta, crumbled
Cup fresh dill (or 2-3 tbsp. dried)
Salt and Pepper
1 Lb spaghetti  

Heat a large deep skillet over high heat, add olive oil. When hot, add garlic and cook until fragrant and golden brown. Add chopped, peeled tomatoes. Cook for about 25 minutes over med-low heat until relatively cooked down, and some of the liquid has evaporated. While waiting, put on a pot of water for pasta -- and try not to eat all the chopped feta sitting on the counter. After some of the tomato liquid has cooked off, add the feta and dill. Leave over heat until feta begins to melt about 2 minutes. Add cooked, drained pasta into the skillet and mix. Serve with more feta or parmesan cheese. Soooo Good I tell you.

Hint | To peel tomatoes: Cut a large x in the bottom of the tomato, just deep enough to break the skin. Immerse each tomato in rapidly boiling water for 15 seconds. Remove with a slotted spoon. After it has cooled the skin should peel away easily from the fruit. Now you have a sauce-ready tomato.

Joanna Piatek, watched Attack of the Killer Tomatoes in preparation for this article. That was a mistake! Her cucumber is now about one inch long. Can she pickle just one cucumber? She can be reached at jopiatek@hotmail.com  

more articles by Joanna Piatek : 
farmer jo tackles zucchini | farmer jo: string beans  | a personal passover 

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