My Garden Fresh Favorites | 3 Tomato Recipes May 23, 2016 I’ve said it a million times—when I started my garden a few years ago, I managed to kill more plants than I’m proud of admitting to. But tomatoes were always a staple that I managed to keep alive. And my kids loved watching them grow, so I’ve enjoyed growing them. Teaching the kids the patience to wait until they were ripe before picking was one of the toughest lessons we had to learn in the garden. This vegetable (or is it a fruit?) never goes to waste in our house, because a few of our household-favorite recipes call for them. A few of them being homemade tomato sauce, fresh salsa, and simple summer caprese skewers. With tomato season in full swing in my garden, it’s already about time to start harvesting my first round of tomatoes. This seemed like a perfect time to share my favorite fresh tomato recipes. TOMATO SAUCE This tomato sauce is simple and very much crafted with my family’s personal tastes in mind. Change it up if you like. Add onion or extra spices – throw in more parsley or more fresh garlic. Make it your own. There you have it, our favorite tomato sauce recipe. We use it in our homemade lasagna and spaghetti. GARDEN-FRESH SALSA We also love fresh salsa, and it’s a favorite of ours to have it set out on the island for everyone to snack on while supper is being made. Our salsa recipe requires a few more ingredients than the tomato sauce, but I always keep the produce needed for this recipe growing in the garden with the tomatoes because we make it so much. This is another recipe that will require some creativity depending on what your family likes. I always keep a few extra tomatoes on-hand in case it gets too flavorful for the kids. This way I can easily add more tomato to dilute the spiciness if needed. CAPRESE SKEWERS I have two variations of this, it depends on what’s growing in my garden at the time. I do them in stacks and on actual skewers. (Both seen in photo!) Easy as that. I hope you enjoy these recipes! You can click to download and print these recipes below to add to your recipe file. Tomato Sauce Recipe Card Homemade Salsa Recipe Card Caprese Skewers Recipe Card Let me know a few of your favorite tomato recipes over on Instagram (@joannagaines) and tag me if you try out any one of these!