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Featured Recipe        Tomato Casserole

I love tomatoes. The best tomato is one freshly picked off the vine with just some salt on it. That is heaven to me.

Tomatoes are a marvelously bright, colorful and tasty gift from heaven.

They come in all sizes. They come in many colors: red, yellow, green, brown, orange, tangerine, and shades in between.

No matter how you fix them they are delicious. You can eat them raw ,cooked, or sun-dried;  in sauces, baked, fried, grilled, souped, or roasted. Tomatoes have even been made into frozen granita.

They make a humble sandwich fare fit for a king.

I have never met a tomato or a tomato dish I did not like.

Today’s recipe is easy as easy can be and is a marvelous accompaniment to any meat entrée. It is one-third Southern Living’s recipe and two-thirds the way I remember my southern neighbor making it when I was a young child.

The under $1 a serving cost also makes this recipe a Recession Buster Recipe©

This is what you will need for 4-6 people:

2 -14 ounce can diced tomatoes

6 tablespoons butter divided

1 small onion diced

2 stalks celery sliced

3-4 slices of white bread (enough to make about 1 ½ cups)

¼ cup firmly packed brown sugar

Oil for greasing pan – I use spray oil

Salt and pepper to taste

Here is what you do:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Lightly grease a medium sized baking dish. Set aside.

Dice the onion and after washing,  slice the celery.

Sauté the onion and celery in 2 tablespoons of the butter over medium-low heat until crisp-tender about 2-3 minutes.

While the onion and celery are sautéing cut the bread into medium sized cubes.

Over low heat melt the remaining 4 tablespoons of butter.

Now stir everything together. Just dump all of the ingredients in a large bowl and mix well.

Pour the mixture into the greased baking pan.

Bake at 350 degrees F for about 30-40 minutes.

Hot out of the oven.

Serve with any meat entrée.

This tasty side dish goes  well with these recipes:

Cooked Beef Sauté with Onions and Potatoes

Pork Chop and Potato Casserole

Roast Pork

Bon appétit!!!


2 -14 ounce can diced tomatoes                  $1.98*

6 tablespoons butter divided                        $0.48*

1 small onion diced                                     $0.37                                     

2 stalks celery sliced                                   $0.26

3-4 slices of white bread                             $0.16

¼ cup firmly packed brown sugar                $0.22

Oil for greasing pan – I use spray oil            $0.02

Salt and pepper to taste

*Those costs are the benefit of buying on sale and stocking a full pantry.

Total cost = $3.49
Cost per person (4) = $0.87
Cost per person (6) = $0.58

Quote of the Day

A world without tomatoes is like a string quartet without violins.

Laurie Colwin


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