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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.

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 special?

Fresh Tomato Soup in a Slow Cooker

Fresh Slow Cooker Tomato Soup

This recipe uses lots – about 4 pounds – of fresh tomatoes to make a velvety soft soup that tastes like summer, especially with a garnish of fresh basil and tangy goat cheese. And surprisingly, it comes together easily in your slow cooker, so you don’t even have to do much work to enjoy it.

How to Make Canned Hanover Tomato Jam

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 time with this easy-to-follow recipe for Hanover tomato jam.

Grilled Rosemary-Skewered Vegetable Kabobs

Rosemary-Skewered Vegetable Kabobs

Zucchini, yellow squash, tomatoes and rosemary are all over the place this time of year, and we created a fun way to grill them. Slice them thin and place them in a quick marinade before threading the strips onto a skewer of rosemary sprigs. The rosemary smokes on the grill, creating a fantastic aroma and flavor that works its way into the veggies from the inside out.

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Greek Pasta Salad

Take a break from mayo-based pasta salads this spring and summer and replace their spot on the picnic table with this refreshing Greek version with tomatoes, cucumbers, olives and feta. The tangy dressing makes it a light and bright side at any barbecue or cookout and the recipe makes enough to feed a group for a potluck.

Tomato Basil Soup and Grown-Up Grilled Cheese (with bacon!) from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @HamiltonBeach

Tomato Basil Soup with Grown-Up Grilled Cheese

My parents would heat up canned tomato soup and serve it with a grilled cheese sandwich made of white bread and American cheese. It wasn’t particularly fancy, but it was good, old-fashioned “kid food” and I loved it. As I got older, I wanted something that offered more flavor and more texture, but it was hard to find. This is the closest I’ve come, while still summoning those great childhood memories, and the slow cooker makes it that much easier to put on the table tonight.

Liquid Fire juice from @hamiltonbeach

Liquid Fire Juice

Okay, so you made a resolution to get healthier and fitter this year, but you’re not sure how to do it, right? We’re here to help with our list of 10 healthy, easy and delicious juice recipes using our favorite juice extractor, including this recipe for Liquid Fire Juice. Also, be sure to read our juicing tips before you get started.

Spicy Tomato Garden Juice from @hamiltonbeach

Spicy Tomato Garden Juice

This spicy blend of vegetables will be a sure way to get your year off to a healthy start. Spicy Tomato Garden Juice joins a list of 10 total juices for a healthy, delicious lifestyle. Juicing is a great way to get your daily serving of vegetables. For an interesting infographic all about juicing, click here.

Cheesy Chicken and Spinach Pasta Bake from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @Hamiltonbeach

Cheesy Chicken and Spinach Pasta Bake

In this recipe, we take the classic marinara sauce and mix it with parmesan cheese, cream and salt, creating a shortcut version of a tomato cream sauce or vodka sauce that is creamy, cheesy and delicious. It serves as the base for the pasta, chicken and spinach. When combined, they create a mouthwatering blend of Italian flavors.

Slow Cooker Marinara Sauce from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

Slow Cooker Marinara Sauce

This slow cooker marinara sauce is a beautiful red blend of chunky tomatoes, fresh basil and aromatic spices. It’s absolute perfection on spaghetti, and it could be used on a hundred other things, too. That’s the beauty of this recipe: it makes a lot, so you can store some in the fridge or freeze it for later use in a lasagna or pasta bake.

Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore

We have been brainstorming ideas for recipes that are not only hearty and filling, but also quick and simple to prepare.  This classic tomato-based dish is unbelievably easy to make in your slow cooker.  Serve it over spaghetti for a well-balanced supper the whole family will enjoy.

Broiled Chipotle Tilapia with Avocado Sauce from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

Broiled Chipotle Tilapia Bowl with Avocado Sauce

Burrito bowls and one dish meals are all the rage, and everyone seems to want the recipe for easy dishes like this homemade chipotle burrito bowl – and we can’t blame them! These meals are easy to prepare, perfect to make out of leftovers and quick to clean up.

Spicy Summer Vegetable Pasta makes good use of zucchini, squash and tomatoes this time of year! Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

Spicy Summer Vegetable Pasta

Although summer’s end is slowly approaching, I do love the bounty of late summer vegetables I can find right now. The bright greens, reds, yellows and purples are calling my name, so I can’t help but center more meals around zucchini, squash, tomatoes and herbs while I still have the chance.

Grilled Shrimp with Herbed Feta and Basmati Rice from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @HamiltonBeach

Grilled Shrimp with Herbed Feta and Basmati Rice

This tasty meal is quick, simple and easy to prepare. The shrimp cooks quickly, and the basmati is easy to make in a rice cooker. Just add the rice, broth and salt. When the rice cooker is finished, stir in tomatoes, feta and oregano to create a Mediterranean style base for the grilled shrimp.

Summer Salad Dressing Recipes

Summer Salad Dressing Recipes

To keep salads interesting, we add toppings like chicken, toasted nuts, fresh tomatoes and goat cheese. Of course, a traditional Caesar salad or a simple salad with blue cheese can be equally delightful, and we know there is one stand-out way to ramp up your salads at home: make your own dressing.

Grilled Garlic Bread Tomato Salad

Grilled Garlic Bread and Tomato Salad (Panzanella)

Too often, the grill gets passed over for the stove or oven, so today’s recipes highlight grilled side dishes. Luckily, we think every dish deserves the smoky flavors the grill imparts, and these recipes are great for barbecues or potlucks.



Fresh Slow Cooker Tomato Soup from @hamiltonbeachTomato season is something many people look forward to all year, as ripe, summer tomatoes have a special flavor that no off-season imposter can replicate. That means it’s time to grab buckets of fresh, local tomatoes from store shelves, so you can make all the fresh salsa, gazpacho and tomato soup you can.

This recipe uses lots – about 4 pounds – of these fresh tomatoes to make a velvety soft soup that tastes just like summer, especially with a garnish of fresh basil and tangy goat cheese. And surprisingly, it comes together easily in your slow cooker, so you don’t even have to do much work to enjoy it.Fresh Slow Cooker Tomato Soup from @hamiltonbeach

Use a stovetop-safe slow cooker, if you have one, to cut down on extra dishes, and saute the aromatics briefly before adding the remaining ingredients to the crock. In a few hours, simply puree the soup until it’s creamy and smooth, then stir in some goat cheese and watch it melt into the soup.

Fresh Slow Cooker Tomato Soup from @hamiltonbeach

 


Fresh Slow Cooker Tomato Soup
SERVES: 8

Ingredients
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped
1 garlic clove, minced
4 pounds very ripe tomatoes, cored (about 7 large)
1 cup vegetable broth or water
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon coarse ground pepper
Fresh goat cheese
Chopped fresh basil
Instructions
​In stovetop-safe slow cooker cookware over medium-high, heat oil. Add onion and garlic, cook 2 minutes.
Add tomatoes, broth or water, sugar, salt and pepper to cookware.
Cover and cook on HIGH for 3 hours or LOW for 6 hours or until tomatoes are soft.
Let cool slightly, then puree soup in small batches in a blender.
Serve with goat cheese and chopped fresh basil.
Notes
TEST KITCHEN TIP: If using a slow cooker with ceramic crock, cook vegetables in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Transfer ingredients to slow cooker crock and cook as directed.
To prevent possible burns: Do not fill blender jar more than half full. Use an oven mitt and place one hand on top of lid. Always start blending at lowest speed.
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Hamilton Beach Stovetop Safe Programmable Slow Cooker 33567The Stovetop-Safe Programmable Slow Cooker makes preparing a delicious family dinner easy. For starters, it comes with die-cast aluminum cookware that goes right onto the stovetop for easy browning and sautéing. After that, creating a flavorful meal ahead of time is a simple matter of adding the other ingredients and setting the time and temperature.

 



How to Make Canned 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 time with this easy-to-follow recipe for Hanover tomato jam. It’s delicious served on toast with goat cheese and cured meats or alongside grilled salmon or chicken. If you’ve never canned before, start here with the National Center for Home Food Preservation to ensure food safety.

How to Make Canned Hanover Tomato Jam

Tomatoes can be a bit time intensive to process when you have to skin and core them. With tomato jam, you leave the skins on, which makes the recipe easier for beginners. In fact, the skins enhance the flavor of the jam.

How to Make Canned Hanover Tomato Jam

A Note About Tomatoes, Acidity and Canning Safety

Tomatoes are not acidic enough (do not have a low enough pH level) to be canned safely on their own. If you plan to preserve your jam using the waterbath canning method, use bottled lemon or lime juice as bottled citrus juices have consistent pH levels. Unfortunately, the pH levels of fresh citrus juices may vary, so you can’t be certain your tomato-based jam will be safe. For this reason, it is important to avoid fresh citrus juice in tomato-based waterbath canning recipes. And remember, especially if you’re a beginner, it’s always best to follow trusted, tested recipes and USDA canning guidelines.

How to Make Canned Hanover Tomato Jam

First, core your Hanover tomatoes. If you don’t have access to Hanover tomatoes, you can use any vine-ripened tomatoes available in your area.

Combine all of your ingredients into a 5 to 6-quart pot and bring the mixture to a boil. It will look like a big batch of tomato soup in the beginning.

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Once it comes to a boil, reduce the heat to low, and let it simmer for a few hours until it reaches a jam-like consistency and reduces by at least half, as pictured below. As the tomatoes cook down with the ginger, cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg, your home will be filled with the aroma of what everyone will recognize as holiday spices – yes, even in the summer.

How to Make Canned Hanover Tomato Jam

When your jam has reached this jelly-like thickness, the canning process is ready to begin. Ladle the hot jam into sterilized jars and can. Alternatively, you can let the jam cool to room temperature and ladle into jars to keep in the refrigerator.

How to Make Canned Hanover Tomato Jam

Either way, this savory-sweet jam is perfect on toast, alongside cheese and cured meats, on top of a burger or as a topping on grilled proteins. It would make an excellent hostess or holiday gift if wrapped with a ribbon or baker’s twine and a decorative gift tag. Imagine one’s delight at receiving the gift of summer in the middle of a cold winter.

How to Make Canned Hanover Tomato Jam


Hanover Tomato Jam

Ingredients
5-6 pounds Hanover tomatoes (or any ripe, in-season tomatoes)
1 jalapeño, seeded and finely minced
½ cup lime juice, bottled
2 tablespoons grated fresh ginger
3½ cups sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 tablespoon salt
1 tablespoon red pepper flakes
½ teaspoon ground cloves
½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
Instructions
Core and dice tomatoes; add all ingredients to a large, non-reactive pot.
Bring tomato mixture to a boil, then reduce heat to low and simmer approximately 3 hours or until reduced to a jam-like consistency.
Ladle the hot jam into sterilized pint jars and process for 20 minutes in a hot water bath. Keep for up to 1 year.
Notes
If this is too spicy for you, cut the red pepper flakes to 1/2 tablespoon and omit the jalapeño entirely.
If storing in refrigerator, let jam cool to room temperature. Transfer to jars, and refrigerate for up to 2 weeks.
Always refer to the National Center for Home Food Preservation for canning and storage guidelines and recommendations with questions.
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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 special?

Food Focus: The Allure of Virginia’s Hanover Tomatoes

Hanover tomatoes are categorized by their terroir, meaning the environment in which they are grown. Hanover County is located in Virginia, just outside of Richmond. The coastal soil in which these tomatoes are grown is known to be rich in sand, holding less water than the red clay-dense soil just a few miles West that defines the wine-growing Piedmont region. This dryer soil imparts a more intense tomato flavor, and the county’s unique climate seems to offer the perfect balance of soil, pH, rain and sun for growing the bright, ripe fruit.

Food Focus: The Allure of Virginia’s Hanover Tomatoes

In Virginia and on the East Coast, Hanovers are undeniably popular. Whether this is due to their superior flavor and beauty or just clever, specialized marketing on behalf of the growers and the state, we’ll never know, but the market has been flourishing. The Hanover County government’s homepage features the tomato, and there’s even a huge festival that draws tens of thousands of patrons each year. These vine-ripened summer treats are delicious on simple tomato sandwiches, in summer salads or as the star ingredient in Hanover tomato jam, which we’ll share with you tomorrow.

Food Focus: The Allure of Virginia’s Hanover Tomatoes

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Fresh and Spicy Salsa
SERVES: 6

Ingredients
1 onion, peeled and quartered
1 clove garlic
1 hot pepper (jalapeno or finger hot), stem removed
4 tomatoes, quartered
1/4 cup cilantro, packed
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1 tablespoon lime juice
Salt and pepper to taste
Hot sauce, to taste
Instructions
Using S-blade and with food processor running, drop onion, garlic clove, and hot pepper through the food chute and chop until finely minced. Scrape bowl as needed.  Stop processor.
Add tomatoes, cilantro, cumin, lime juice, salt, and pepper. Pulse until desired texture is reached, scraping bowl as needed. Add hot sauce to taste.
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