Monday, September 29, 2014

HOW

when you cross the street, even when you're alone, you reach back to take a child's hand.

How when you slam on the brakes, your right arm flies up to protect a little front seat passenger. Even when he's sitting in the back. Even when he's not in the car.

How before you pour boiling water through the coffee filter, you look over your shoulder to make sure all creatures are at least six feet back.

How every homeless person is someone's lost child.

How through the mundane movements of every meal, every load of laundry, every trip to the market, a piece of you is drifting back to their births and forward to their deaths.

How parenting feels like a fucking crap shoot.

How you practice looking into each other's eyes, interlacing fingers, squeezing hands together like they're superglued.

How you remind him that he can control his body. He can listen. He can sit still. He can even change.

You can't learn to fly, mom.

How your breath deepens.

You can't learn to vomit every second of every day.

How you start to laugh.

How you will never ever tell him how much you love him because it would feel like too much of a burden.

How, instead, you start yammering about how you left tomatoes to slow-cook in the oven all day.

How he rolls his eyes with indifference.

How his face lights up when he sees them after school, neon and glistening on the sheet pan.

How he tells you you're the best cook in the world.

How you take this with a grain of salt.

How you ask him to repeat it. Again. And again. And again.
I know it's the tail end of the season, but I've asked around and I hear that there are a few tomatoes left out there in the world. Here is something to do with those stragglers.

There is something very gratifying about throwing food into the oven in the morning and retrieving it at the end of the day. But I would be lying if I told you I had a recipe for these slow-cooked tomatoes.

Just do this: Preheat your oven to a very low temperature. Maybe 200°F. Unless your sheet pan is pristine and perfect and nonstick, line it with a Silpat or parchment paper. Halve some cherry tomatoes and place them on the sheet pan. It's okay if they're from the back of your fridge and all sad and smushed. Stem and thickly slice some whole tomatoes (at least 1/2 inch thick or they will melt away). Add to the sheet pan. Pour about a tablespoon of extra-virgin olive oil into a bowl. With a pastry brush, paint the tomatoes with a light slick of oil. Take a pinch of kosher salt and sprinkle it over the tomatoes, evenly coating, moving your fingers the whole time until the salt is dispersed. Repeat with more salt until all tomatoes have been lightly touched. Do the same with granulated sugar. Flip the tomatoes over. Repeat steps  Slide sheet pan into the oven. Check after 2 hours. If you're leaving the house, turn the oven off and leave the tomatoes to coast until the evening. If you're sticking around, check them every 30 minutes or so. I find that they are best when shriveled up but not dry. Keep tasting. You will know when they are right.

Where to put these goodies: Store in a jar as is. Or, tuck thinly sliced garlic in amongst the tomatoes and drown everything in olive oil. Throughout the week, pull out tomatoes for sandwiches, pastas, and omelets. Bella eats them on her mac and cheese. I eat them in arugula salad with avocado. Throw them in everything. Or freeze in a jar until deep December when you're desperate for some summer brightness.

41 comments:

  1. I love doing this with tomatoes at precisely this time of year. I plan to do some more this week if I can find tomatoes at the market on Wednesday.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. To have more time to visit the market you can use our service, and then our authors will help to make your task for you and you will have more time for this

      Delete
  2. Some deep, beautiful and painful truths here, Phyllis.

    ReplyDelete
  3. I love your beautiful poem. All of it is so true!

    ReplyDelete
  4. It feels like I know you when I read your words. Thank you.

    ReplyDelete
  5. I just love your whole thing, lady. xo

    ReplyDelete
  6. Yes, yes, yes. To the overwhelming love I feel for my kiddos, to the hand jutting out to hold back a child (even though the front seat is empty), to the awesomeness of slow roasted tomatoes. You nailed it once again, dude.
    xoxox
    E

    ReplyDelete
  7. Somehow although your kids may be adults for many years, those unbidden responses remain.
    My son told me, when in his 30's, that I'd been a "good enough" mother. Whew

    ReplyDelete
  8. These look fantastic and so delicious. And I love the way you write about your family and really just everything.

    ReplyDelete
  9. Phyllis, It's always a pleasure to read your writing. To nod in agreement with your sentiments, laugh out loud at the funny shit, swallow back the tears at the hard truths, and drool in hunger at your pictures. You have inspired me to go mix those tomatoes that have been hanging out on my counter with some olive oil, salt and thyme and stick them in the oven. Actually I'm gonna try the dehydrator.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. you help me move forward to the next story. thank you! and i think i need a dehydrator.

      Delete
  10. I savor every word you write. I hold your new post aside until I can sit down and enjoy it fully, and then I read it again. Thank you.

    ReplyDelete
  11. How I come here because of the atmosphere of your kitchen, the wild love you throw down on the page!

    ReplyDelete
  12. Reading your blog I always want to eat. What a delicious atmosphere here! I love your creative but at the same time simple recipes for cooking.

    ReplyDelete
  13. Over 50% of pharmacy school applicants do not get accepted into the programs of their choice. Most of these applicants have excellent scores on entrance exams, as well as an admirable undergraduate grade point average. However, grades are not all there is to the application process. Recommendations from professors and practicing pharmacists play a large part in the overall picture. In the end, however, it is the personal statement that makes you or breaks you. Pharmacy school admission committee members do not want to fill precious spots with mediocre candidates. Instead, they want to place candidates that will excel in this profession, and that success involves perseverance and dedication. Click personal essays for pharmacy school for detailed information.

    ReplyDelete
  14. EduBirdie's terms and conditions have a lot of insights. If you you're going to order an essay at this website, read them carefully. The key things to remember here is that it's possible to place a refund request during 3 days after the paper was uploaded, or money will be released automatically; they reserve the right to give some percent of money to a writer if they see that your actions have no strong reasons. More info about the company can be found in our edubirdie review. If you are looking for information about “edubirdie blog post”, welcome to Scamfighter!

    ReplyDelete
  15. Essay- These are the common type of science assignment, and they are normally descriptive. Students face a lot of problems while writing it. As we know these kinds of assignments are descriptive due to this, they require a lot of research and information. This student cause a lot of problems while making an assignment, in such cases, students should take online assignment help that can reduce their stress of making the assignment. With the help of these services, they can easily take any academic help and they will able to make their assignment impactful.
    Java Assignment help
    Law assignment help

    ReplyDelete
  16. Assignmentservicerating is best reviews site.We at Top Quality Assignment believe that there is no shortcut to success and to attain success, hard work, dedication, and commitment must be present. We are an online platform where students check & write reviews for assignments related websites.  AllAssignmentHelp reviews

    ReplyDelete
  17. Are you a university, college, or high school student looking to hire Research Paper Help Online? Then fret not, because we got you sorted. We offer the best online Research Papers for Sale for all your essay needs.

    ReplyDelete
  18. It is understood that you do not have adequate time to write. Buy Custom College Papers and submit the Pre Written Research Papers. Make a decision to order Term Paper Writing Help today.

    ReplyDelete
  19. be careful from corona stay safe all....

    ReplyDelete
  20. ABC assignment help become the superlative option for the students to get superior mechanical engineering assignment help from top professionals. Our professionals initially understand your writing needs and requirements to provide you the best.

    ReplyDelete
  21. My assignment help is a one-stop solution for all assignment help needs of students across Australia. With over a decade of experience we offer custom writing help along with assisting students to acquire useful knowledge and details information from our in-house team of subject experts. Get a proof of our knowledge and expertise from free samples section on our website.

    ReplyDelete
  22. (Yeezy Boost 350 Cheap) to be the most important specialist establishment dealof this category in european new york when (Ray Ban Outlet) along with (Coach Outlet Store Online) regards to released in 2014. DoctorDirectory engaged 80 we having the town center Asheville at that time.

    Likely (Jordan Shoes For Sale Online) may very well produce something via Alderman Klee practical application. Contract once (Ray Ban Outlet Store) more will be driving (Ray Ban New Wayfarer Polarized) back up in a lawyer, But (Cheap Jordan Shoes Websites) truly the actual version feeling recommended at this moment is a adding up to finally putting something in terms of tamed hen flock. This has been raised relating to dialogue via Alderwoman Shoshanna kelly felix.

    ReplyDelete
  23. Ohhh what a great cooking ides, I really love cooking that is my great pleasure after the writing, I am professional writer, so my work is not only the way of earning money, but the great hobby for me, so students readers of that blog who have some troubles writing your papers, visit my writing platform https://cheap-papers.com/

    ReplyDelete
  24. This is a testimony that I will advise everyone to read because what I experienced was miraculous. i have been married  4 years and on the fifth year of my marriage, another woman had a spell to take my husband away from me and my husband left me and the kids and we have suffered for 2 years until i meant a post about dr jumba   helping people to bring back broken relationship  and i decided to give him a try to help me bring my beloved Husband home and believe me i just send my picture to him and that of my husband and after 48 hours as dr jumba  told me,  my husband came back home and ask for forgiveness i was surprise to see him after a long time. he  came back to me and the kids and that is why i am happy to make every one of you who has similar problem or any difficulty in his/her relationship  to contact dr Jumba and get your problems solved, His email: wiccalovespelltools@gmail.com or wiccalovespelltools@yahoo.com you can also contact him or whatsApp him on this +19085174108 .  thank so much  WEBSITE :  https://drjumbaspellhome.wordpress.com IF you want to know more about dr jumba services . YOUTUBE: https://youtu.be/kBvs5nQcjWo

    ReplyDelete
  25. Ollestad was more or less OK, because of course he was, but the other survivor (his father's girlfriend, Sandra) had a dislocated shoulder and a busted head. This less than ideal situation was soon made a whole lot worse, because the rescue helicopters completely missed them. They were on their own..

    Then it would happen on school holidays. He was an estate agent and he let me and my friend play in the new house up the Best Yeezys street, which Coach Outlet Online was for Jordan Shoes For Sale sale and unoccupied, and he abuse us there. He was a predator. MK Outlet Online "I focus on the four lines, focus on football. If you want to speak about their football potential we can speak and football potential starts with investment.Yerry Mina lifts lid on United transfer speculation"After that, of course, there is a quality of the work, quality of the organisation, and I Nike Air Force 1 Cheap Outlet think that is untouchable, but what is behind I cannot say."But in this moment I have only to think about football, and to think about football is to just think about Manchester City as a football Ray Ban Outlet team they are."United have won only two matches this season by a two Cheap Michael Kors Handbags goal margin or more and conceded first in six of their last eight games, but recovered to win three and draw at Chelsea. Mourinho insists United will eventually come unstuck if they continue to concede Coach Outlet Clearance Sale first...

    ReplyDelete
  26. I NEED A LOVE SPELL THAT WILL MANIFEST WITHIN 24 HOURS CONTACT (DR JUMBA ) HE HIS THE BEST LOVE SPELL CASTER WHO HELPED ME RESTORE HAPPINESS BACK TO MY RELATIONSHIP

    Hello everyone i want to testify of the great and powerful spell caster named Dr Jumba who brought back my ex who left me and got engaged to another girl,We where happy together when all of a sudden he just change he used to call me every morning and and night before going to bed but all that stopped when i call him he yell at me and told me he didn't want to have anything to do with me anymore i was so sad and confused i didn't know what to do then i went online to search on how to get back my ex then i found an article where someone was talking about how the great and powerful Dr Jumba helped her and she left his email address i took it and contacted him i told him my problem he only smiled and told me to relax everything will be OK i did everything he asked me to do and he assured me that after 24hrs he will be back,To my greatest surprise the next morning it was my boyfriend he came back knelling and begging for me to accept him back now we are so happy together he can also help you contact him at wiccalovespelltools@gmail.com or wiccalovespelltools@yahoo.com text or call him +19085174108

    website : http://wiccalovespelltools.website2.me/
    BLOG : https://manifest277.blogspot.com/  

    ReplyDelete