Saturday, March 16, 2013

A Favorite Thing: Neighborly Offerings

Our neighbor recently gifted us with fresh tomatoes, eggplant and carrots from his garden.
There really is nothing better than a fresh tomato.
The color is absolutely amazing as is the taste.
 With the eggplant I made parmigiana because it's the only way my kids will eat it.
It's really tasty served on whole wheat pasta or spaghetti.
Today I am joining Claudia at Mockingbird Hill Cottage for
Hope you are having a great day!

43 comments:

GratefulPrayerThankfulHeart said...

No fresh tomatoes or veggies coming from any gardens around here for months so your post is especially nice! Your photos are great too!

Diane said...

What a nice neighbor! You're right-- there's nothing like a fresh tomato. Thanks for the blog visit too!

Joy@aVintageGreen said...

Fresh garden tomatoes are treasures. Nothing like the regular store found. Nice share.
Joy

okcamp said...

Tammy,
How lucky you are to have fresh produce. The tomatoes from the stores around here don't taste like much. I love eggplant, too, but have never made it. Do you have a recipe you could share? Your parmigiana looks really good.
~Diane

Hindustanka said...

Tammy, nothing can be better than veggies from your own garden, I can imagine how tomatoes and eggplant tastes..mmm...it looks yumm in such variant :)
Have a happy week !
Anna

by Teresa said...

You're lucky that your neighbor gardens and shares! I wish I had a gardener friend! We plan to make a raised garden, I hope we get to it this year. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

Betsy said...

What a lovely neighbor to share with you! Of course there are no fresh garden veggies around here right now, but I still have tomatoes and green beans that I canned last summer. Thanks for sharing!
Blessings,
Betsy

La Tea Dah said...

Pure delight! Yummy! May I come for lunch? Alas, the trip is so far....but it looks SO good!

Barbara F. said...

No fresh from the garden veggies yet, we have a loong way to go, it is snowing as I type this! Your tea and Andes mints sound wondeful. xo

Journeyin' Lady... said...

Those tomatoes look SO good. I like the way you ate them too -
I quit trying to make eggplant at home - just never turns out good but yours turned out beautifully!

Lilli said...

Mmm... those tomatoes look delicious. I can't wait for our summer produce!

Chel C said...

I can't wait to get going with my tomatoes. I usually share my produce if there is enough. I used to live next door to an elderly couple who had a huge garden full of vegetables and fruits. Each evening there used to a brown paper package containing some vegetables or berries to make a pie. Wonderful people! Take care. Chel x

gardenbug said...

How I love eggplant dishes! Fresh tomatoes too of course. I grow both, but this is the season of snow still, so it will be a long while. I have planted seeds though!
Beautiful photos!

Nancy Claeys said...

I'm so looking forward to fresh 'maters this summer Tammy -- yours look delish!

oldthings said...

Nothing from gardens yet here !!!
It looks so tasty and ist is so nice that your friend offered these fresh vegetables ! I cooked today the same dish !

Balisha said...

I would love a fresh tomato right now. The hot weather that helps them grow is still far off. We are tired of winter, but soon will be groaning about the heat.
Balisha

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Yum! I also love a vine ripened tomato sandwich - delish! Nice that the neighbor is sharing homegrown goodness.
Thanks for stopping by and nice comment on the necklaces. Hope you are enjoying your weekend.

Yvonne said...

A favorite thing? I will have to check it out.

AshTreeCottage said...

I am lucky to have a sweet neighbor who shares as well. Are you planning to have a tomato sandwich? It's my favorite!!

Big Hugs,
Susan and Bentley

boysmum2 said...

Not a tomato eater myself but they look lovely, the pasta and eggplant looks yum though.

Jeanmarie DiTaranto said...

Your post made my mouth water for fresh tomatoes on white toast with mayonnaise!

Chenille Cottage said...

Hi Tammy,
Oh...How I love tomato sandwiches! With winter upon us here it's been a long time since I've enjoyed one.
How I love your sherbet colored kitty. I have three housecats and they are such delightful company.

Thank you for stopping by and leaving your kind comment.
Blessings to you across the miles,
Carolynn xo

June said...

Oh to eat a fresh tomato~sigh~
I can hardly wait to have some growing in the garden Tammy. This all looks so tasty my friend.
I hope your week is a great one!!!!
hugs...

Kit said...

Those tomatoes look great and I don't even eat them. Nice neighbor for sure. Have a great weekend! Kit

Susan said...

Oh boy, those tomatoes DID look yummy, Tammy. Like Lorraine said, no tomatoes in these parts either. Just snow. ha hah a Enjoy the bounty of the generous neighbor ( I know you will).

By they way, I checked out the blog on minies and loved it. Susan and I became followers of each other's blogs, too, so thanks! Susan

Our Neck of the Woods said...

Yummy! Those tomatoes are just gorgeous. Nothing like fresh just picked tomatoes!

Blondie's Journal said...

How nice your neighbor is! Care to share the recipe? It sounds delicious!

XO,
Jane

Diane said...

I'm with you on fresh tomatoes - ummm! Absolutely wonderful. Your food looks so good. Diane

Mary said...

Tammy, we have a long wait for fresh from the garden tomatoes, meanwhile I skip them unless I need a couple for a recipe, or some cherry ones to toss into a salad! Eggplants are almost always good though and I love them roasted especially. I had eggplant parmigiana last week at my favorite Italian restaurant - it was awesome!

Hope the coming week is a good one for you.
Hugs - Mary

It's Just Dottie said...

There is nothing like a fresh from the garden tomato. I planted my tomato plants today!!!
Smiles. Dottie

Linda said...

Looks great and wow, so funny for me to think of getting things from the garden right now, when it's still freezing out here and nothing to be had like that for many months yet. We can't even plant outdoors here until at least the end of April/beginning of May. I'm not doing my vegetable garden anymore, just tired of tending it and so I'm planting more flowers this year instead - perennials that come back year after year.

Well, it's almost midnight and we're just in from being out with friends so to bed, to bed, said sleepyhead....

Linda :)

The English Romantic said...

Mmm.. Tomatoes on toast, reminds me of my Mum, they were one of her favourites. I haven't eaten this for years now I can't wait to make some...
Have a great week,
Angela.x

Elna said...

Yes freshly picked tomatoes are really good! Now the time is out of joint because we're getting a snowstorm on Tuesday. Have a nice Sunday.

Hugs

Mereknits said...

Once your boys are gone at school can I move in? I'll clean if you cook and we can crochet together.
Meredith

Claudia said...

Tammy, you've made me hungry this Sunday morning! That looks absolutely delicious!

Thanks so much for joining in this week.

xo
Claudia

Julia - "Vintage with Laces" said...

You've got a very nice neighbor, sharing home-grown veggies with you. The tomatoes look wonderful and I love parmigiana. I'm sure it was delicious.
Have a lovely week, Tammy!
Hugs,
Julia

Anna said...

Hello Tammy!
Thank you so much for becoming my newest follower! Your blog looks gorgeous and I just love your cat (in the next post.)

If you would like to try my Italian Parmigiana recipe, you'll find it in my blog. Just type Parmigiana in the search box.

Your version looks very fresh and summery. I also make Parmigiana with zucchine (courgettes.) My mum used aubergines in Winter and zucchine in Summer. I love Parmigiana!

You have made me very hungry, though I already overdosed on my soft ricotta biscuits.

I shall be visiting your blog. It's lovely!

CIAO!

ANNA

poppilinnstudios said...

Hi Tammy!
What a sweet neighbor to share such nice gifts. I cannot wait for tomatoes from the garden. I'll be planting those as soon as I can!
Have a good day.
-Lynn

Mrs. Micawber said...

Ooh, fresh garden tomatoes. (Veggie envy!)

We love eggplant parmesan - another good way to use it is to stir-fry it with a nice garlicky brown sauce, Chinese style.

Have a good week!

Dagmar said...

So true, once you have had a fresh garden tomato, nothing ever tastes the same.❤

Nancy said...

Totally jealous that you have ripe tomatoes this time of year! We won't begin to see any here until at least July. Savor every bite!! =)

Sam I Am...... said...

You lucky gal...fresh vegetables from a garden....yum! I was drooling! What a nice neighbor!

girlunwinding said...

There is nothing like fresh garden vegetables! I can't wait to be able to get ours going! we are heading toward a weekend full of rain so all I can do at the moment is dream and droll. lol
~Dawn

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