Category Archives: Food Focus

Tomatoes: Recipes for Summer's Favorite Fruit

Tomatoes: Facts, Tips and Recipes for Summer’s Favorite Fruit

Food Focus: Tomatoes Tomatoes are everywhere in the summer. It seems every time you turn around, a bright red bushel of tomatoes is greeting you. From colorful heirlooms to the ones with weird ridges and bumps, I can’t get enough of their perfectly sweet flavor and juicy texture. Nothing compares to the taste of a freshly grown tomato….

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How to Make Canned Hanover Tomato Jam

Canning Spiced Hanover Tomato Jam

Are you interested in canning, but worried you don’t have enough experience to do it right? Did you read our post about Virginia’s prized Hanover tomatoes and decide you want to learn how to make our famous tomato jam? No matter what level canner you are, we can help you get great results the first…

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Food Focus: The Allure of Virginia’s Hanover Tomatoes

Food Focus: The Allure of Virginia’s Hanover Tomatoes

Hanover tomatoes are somewhat legendary in central and eastern Virginia. Unlike other famous tomato varieties such as the Green Zebra, Texas Star, Cherokee Purple or Sungold, the Hanover tomato is not known for its particular size, shape or color. As you can see, it is a traditional-looking red tomato. So what makes a Hanover tomato…

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Spring Pea Soup with Lemon and Mint from Everyday Good Thinking by @hamiltonbeach

Spring Pea Soup with Lemon and Mint

If you’re looking for a traditional ham and pea soup, you should probably keep searching. This refreshing vegetarian soup isn’t the drab, hot dish you’re used to. Instead, it’s been lightened up for spring with brighter ingredients like vibrant herbs, zesty lemon and tangy Greek yogurt. Then, perfect for the spring and summer months, it’s…

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Food Focus: Spring Peas from Everyday Good Thinking by @hamiltonbeach

Food Focus: Spring Peas

April brings a lot of seasonal produce to market shelves, and one favorite is the early-producing spring pea. Also known as garden peas or English peas, spring peas are great to snack on freshly shelled or tossed into light salads, pastas, soups and stir-fry dishes. Equally delicious, though not as commonly referred to as “spring…

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