2007-08-23 13:07:35.0 Ben: howdy
2007-08-23 13:08:25.0 diddyluwsky: atlanta..cherokee purple beel steak
2007-08-23 13:08:38.0 hqian: I have sun gold, enchantment, Jean Flaume, Japanese black kirim and black cherry. I live in Pasadena.
2007-08-23 13:08:44.0 diddyluwsky: beef stealk that is
2007-08-23 13:08:49.0 hqian: I have tons of tomatoes from my garden. I've been making gazpacho to use them up. Can you recommend some variation? I don't want to get tired of eating them. Thanks.
2007-08-23 13:08:59.0 Russ Parsons: Yeah, that's one of my favorite beefsteaks. Cherokee Purple and Brandywine.
2007-08-23 13:09:35.0 hqian: Beefsteak type don't grow well in most of So. Cal. Too hot here.
2007-08-23 13:09:46.0 Russ Parsons: How do you make your gazpacho? I really prefer it when you blend a piece of soaked bread with the tomatoes. I've etalked about this before, so bear with me, but the texture is so much better. It's really silky. And then you canvary the condiments as you wish.
2007-08-23 13:10:23.0 diddyluwsky: VERY ripe tomatoes
2007-08-23 13:10:27.0 hqian: I haven't used bread yet. What type of bread do you prefer?
2007-08-23 13:10:32.0 Russ Parsons: I think it's a combination of heat and humidity that makes beefsteaks a bit of a problem. They certainly grow well in the central valley and i've heard Fresno can get warm in the summer.
2007-08-23 13:11:07.0 diddyluwsky: baugettes rubbed w garlic
2007-08-23 13:11:24.0 Russ Parsons: I live near the coast and tomatoes are a real problem--just getting them ripe when it's only 70 to80 degrees. So heirlooms be damned, I usually just plant Sweet 100s of Early Girls. They do best in cool conditions.
2007-08-23 13:11:28.0 hqian: Actually, I can get good beefsteaks. But only 1-2 per plant.
2007-08-23 13:11:53.0 diddyluwsky: russ have to run...catch you later w rib query
2007-08-23 13:12:16.0 Russ Parsons: who knows p'amb tomaquet? that's a catalan tomato dish that's kind of a bruschetta--grill sourdough bread, rub with garlic and then squoosh the tomato guts all over the bread. lots of salt and i find black pepper does more for tomato flavor than basil.
2007-08-23 13:13:13.0 Seedboy: I live in Berkeley, and I can get Sweet 100s and Early Girls to ripen. We did not have a frost until late so my tomatoes were still going in March. My father in Long Beach generally has early girls all winter, also.
2007-08-23 13:13:40.0 Nik: Was that you at the Marina market last Sunday? Were you conducting a baby boomer field trip?