Marinated Dried Tomatoes

Ozark Forest's Nicola MacPherson, our favorite mushroom grower and producer of the heirloom sun-dried tomatoes a few of you were lucky enough to get in your shares has this suggestion for using her goodies:

from The River Cottage Preserves Handbook by Pam Corbin...


1 oz Ozark Heirloom dried tomatoes
1 tablespoon wine vinegar or balsamic vinegar
Pinch of dried herbs/ or Herbes de Provence my favourite!
Bay leaf
Olive oil to cover
Pour vinegar over tomatoes, cover and let stand 30 minutes.
Add herbs and bay leaf
Cover tomatoes with oil; stir tap jar to remove any trapped air
Store in fridge use within 6 weeks!
***Additions Add feta cheese, olives…serve with pasta, salads or serve as an appetizer with a glass of wine!!

Tip: What to Eat on a Plant-Based Diet

Here is a really good blog-post from The Running Carrot, talking about the benefits of eating a plant-based diet. This doesn't mean eating only plants, just eating mostly plants. The article has oodles of great nutritional info on produce, much of which we see in Fair Shares. It will make you feel pretty...Read more


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