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October’s Green Tomato Late Season Harvest

Digging around in my freezer, I came across a frozen reminder of the season just past. A tub of green tomato salsa reminded me I never got around posting about that late season crop of green tomatoes.

Way back in late October, the night’s were getting chilly and I still had a ton of green tomatoes on the vine. I harvested 4 pounds of green tomatoes on October 27th and another 4 pounds a few weeks later.  Back in those balmy fall days, I posted this photo on Instagram of my harvest and asked “What would you do with them?”

Comments suggested pickles, chutney, fried green tomatoes and, of course, green tomato salsa.  I harvested mostly grape and cherry sized tomatoes, so I opted out of frying them. My current overly excessive stockpile of fermented vegetables also meant pickles were out.

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Throwback November 1981: No Turkey Gourmet?

For a Food Photography class with Nina Gallant, I selected the November 1981 issue of Gourmet Magazine for a throwback assignment. The goal? Write a short piece on the issue considering the era, then recreate and photograph a recipe. To update the cover story, I recreated the cover photo as a concept related to the accompanying Celery and Herb Soup recipe. It is adapted slightly for what I had on hand. Enjoy!

The cover of Gourmet’s November 1981 issue is a grey monotone, dour image of squared-off, interlocking logs. The weathered texture and deep cracks allude history and age, but nothing about this cover feels ‘gourmet’ or November.  Imagine this issue nestled on a rack between the turkey shown with a knife at mid-carve on the cover of Bon Appetit and the Thanksgiving cake decorated with pecans and set atop a delicate plate and lackey doily on the cover of Food & Wine. It is pretty bold and admirable for a food and lifestyle magazine to forgo the traditional Thanksgiving cover in November. However, while out shopping for the holidays, I am not sure I would be intrigued enough by this radical expression to pick up a copy.  Of course, looking back a few decades, outside of the holiday mindset, the cover was actually compelling enough for me to look into it.

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Rather than a gloomy stack of logs, the photograph intends to portray workmanship and craft. “On the Cover” explains that the image is of the corner of a historic house in New Harmony, Indiana. New Harmony is a blip on the map. It lies on the banks of the Wabash River which runs along the Illinois-Indiana border. The house in the photo was built when the town was originally founded as Harmonie. That is better than 150 years ago and the house is impressively made without any nails. My engineering self says, “Wow that is pretty impressive.” My food studies self says, “Wow that still isn’t Gourmet, food or Thanksgiving.”

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