Freeze warning (Macaroni and Cheese with Cauliflower)

Posted on Oct 28, 2010 in Food

I have yet to warm up today. Brrrrr. Ever have those days where you are just chilled to your core?

And it is only going to get colder. Go figure. That’s what happens in the Fall. :P

I had the sad, yearly task of picking our last garden crop before the first freeze of the season. There is a freeze warning for tonight, and that means it is time to bring in the last tomatoes from our unruly tomato plants.

Garden

Thanks to BTHRDad for supplying the plants (from seed!) way back in May. They have been producing right up to today. Amazing for heat-loving tomatoes!

Tomato Plants

They were so zealous that they climbed the fence over to our neighbor’s patio.

Tomatoes

Got a nice amount of cherry tomatoes and a few bigger heirlooms.

Green Tomatoes

Plus quite a few green tomatoes that I’ll try to ripen indoors. I’ve heard the apple in a paper bag thing works well, anyone ever had any luck ripening green tomatoes?

Green Pepper

And found our last green pepper.

Tomatoes and Pumpkins

Tomatoes and pumpkins!

Dinner

I knew I wanted something warm and cozy and comforting for dinner. I was scrolling though my Evernote notebook for recipes and landed on Tina’s recipe for Macaroni and Cheese with Cauliflower. BIN-GO.
Macaroni and Cheese with Cauliflower
Oh mama! This was incredible.
Macaroni and Cheese with Cauliflower
Macaroni and Cheese with Cauliflower
I made it as written in Tina’s post and the taste was spot on! The only change I’ll make in the future is to reduce the amount of pasta a wee bit. We like our mac and cheese more creamy and saucy and this was a bit dry. But still awesome. And the portion size is REE-DIC-U-LOUS. See that plateful? That’s not even a full serving. We have so much leftover.

Green Beans
On the side, had a nice big pile of green beans.
Macaroni and Cheese with Cauliflower

Stay warm, my friends!

8 Comments

  1. Way to go on the produce!!! I really hope to have a garden next year :) I’ve said that every year, but it never happens.
    Holy pasta, that mac & cheese looks incredible!!

    Jen

    • Gardening is awesome! And depending on the plants, SO EASY. We barely did anything with our tomatoes and we had produce for a good 6 months!

  2. Mmm, those green beans look yum.

    I love home made macaroni and cheese. I have a few different recipes for it, but the only one Doug likes has sour cream and cottage cheese. It’s definitely one of our comfort foods.

    • Oooh! Can you post it? I am always on the search for a totally awesome mac and cheese recipe.

  3. Your tomatoes will ripen inside, you can just lay down some newspaper and place the tomatoes on it, not touching each other is best. You want to keep them in a place where the temp stays fairly even and not too hot…garage is where we do it. I’ve ripened about 40 pounds of tomatoes in our garage this year.

    • THANK YOU! This is awesome.

  4. Your Black Krim tomatoes look good, even this late in the season. They are my favorite heirloom variety. Will definitely grow them again next season.

    -gw-

  5. Your garden bounty looks very similar to ours! I was amazed at the amount of tomatoes we continue to get. Our garden is on the side of our house, and I think our limestone brick retains heat and has helped keep the plants thriving even thru the colder temps we’ve had recently.

    We have been ripening green tomatoes on our kitchen window sill. Althugh since it is getting colder, i think we will try some of the other methods mentioned here.
    I have two huge basil plants (look like baby trees) that I am going to make loads of pesto from as well.

    The mac n cheese looks devine! I look forward to making it soon. We ♥ cauliflower!

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