Janine is One Trashy Tomato!

Janine is one trashy tomato!

It’s plantin’ time!  One of my favorite things to grow is heirloom tomatoes – especially the Cherokee Purple variety, and let’s not forget Mr. Stripey!  If you knew me as a kid, you’re probably surprised by this knowledge.

Fun Janine fact:  As a tot, I detested tomatoes and anything to do with them.  Pizza (Panzera’s is my absolute fav pizza – hi Carlo!) dismantling was a favorite pastime of mine – I would carefully lift the cheese from a piece, smear the sauce on the box or my plate, replace the cheese and enjoy!  And asking my Mom for American cheese on my spaghetti (another form of mac ‘n cheese) instead of sauce was my MO.

Growing up in a small Catholic school, we were lucky enough to have many Italian mothers cooking our daily lunch.  I’m sure I exasperated ol’ Mrs. Oddi by refusing sauce on my Spanish rice and rigatoni.  She thought I was nuts.

Over the years, I’ve softened towards tomatoes – I’ve even been called a tomato, and a trashy one at that, a time or two.  Ketchup still has no place on my plate, but I now have a blast growing, cooking with and canning tomatoes.  I’m always interested in finding more heirloom varieties – what’s your favorite tomato (trashy or not!) and recipe?!  Please share by commenting below…

Janine is One Trashy Tomato!

Janine is one trashy tomato!

It’s plantin’ time!  One of my favorite things to grow is heirloom tomatoes – especially the Cherokee Purple variety, and let’s not forget Mr. Stripey!  If you knew me as a kid, you’re probably surprised by this knowledge.

Fun Janine fact:  As a tot, I detested tomatoes and anything to do with them.  Pizza (Panzera’s is my absolute fav pizza – hi Carlo!) dismantling was a favorite pastime of mine – I would carefully lift the cheese from a piece, smear the sauce on the box or my plate, replace the cheese and enjoy!  And asking my Mom for American cheese on my spaghetti (another form of mac ‘n cheese) instead of sauce was my MO.

Growing up in a small Catholic school, we were lucky enough to have many Italian mothers cooking our daily lunch.  I’m sure I exasperated ol’ Mrs. Oddi by refusing sauce on my Spanish rice and rigatoni.  She thought I was nuts.

Over the years, I’ve softened towards tomatoes – I’ve even been called a tomato, and a trashy one at that, a time or two.  Ketchup still has no place on my plate, but I now have a blast growing, cooking with and canning tomatoes.  I’m always interested in finding more heirloom varieties – what’s your favorite tomato (trashy or not!) and recipe?!  Please share by commenting below…



3 thoughts on “Janine is One Trashy Tomato!



  1. I had the distinct honor of being with Janine when she was first told, ‘Honey, you are one trashy tomata’! What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, and I’ve been back since, but it’s never been as much fun as it was with you, J9!

  2. I have had THE worst luck growing tomatoes. I finally gave up. I even have a completely sunny deck. One year I decided to focus on just one plant only. I followed everyone’s advice on how to take care of it and I only got ONE tomato on it. I nursed it until it turned red in november, then I ate it. Very watery and fairly tasteless. What’s the secret to growing a great tomato plant or two?

  3. I LOVE homegrown tomatoes! Favorite heirlooms for big juicy slicing tomatoes: “Kellogg’s Breakfast”, “Pruden’s Purple”, and “Mortgage Lifter”. Favorite cherry tomato: “Sun Sugar”. Favorite plum tomato: “Speckled Roman”. I’m planting today!

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