All over Sicily, right now, they are making the estratto… Tomato paste, in order to bottle it for the year’s supply. Did you annually make tomato sauce and paste with your mother or grandmother?
Happy tomato season! Did you know that you can make pesto with lots of different ingredients? Pesto means pressed. So don’t limit yourself to basil pesto! Another pesto that I love for this time of year, when fresh tomatoes are filling the bins of my farmer’s market, is pesto alla carrettiera, or the Cart Driver’s…
Drying the tomatoes in Santo Stefano Quisaquina
When we came upon this, it took my breath away. Earlier this month, when we visited the farm of sculptor Lorenzo Reina in the mountains of Sicily, they were drying their bounty of tomatoes in the sun, preserving them for use for the rest of the year.