Here’s a wonderful way to spend your day!

Concetta's Kitchen

On Saturday morning I drove over Highway 17 to Live Earth Farm in Watsonville to take a tomato canning workshop with Happy Girl Kitchen. Cynthia was coming my way to pick up Henry from camp on Monday and was thrilled to join me in all I learned. She brought cases of jars, and I supplied three flats of organic dry farmed tomatoes from the farmer’s market.

Dear cousins, you were with us in spirit from the very beginning.

In 24-hours of foodie delight, we listened to Verdi, chopped and canned, indulged in delicious meals and invited friends for a bloody mary cocktail party (made from the juice of salsa).

Lunch Monday: A cold beer for a hot day, Cynthia’s pesto, Kim’s olive tapenade and homemade ricotta.

Loading the jars.


The loot:  Canned salsa, tomato juice (from the salsa), crushed tomatoes and whole tomatoes with basil, lemon, peppercorns and garlic.

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About JoDee Luna

“I’m lost in a love affair with portrait painting!” JoDee Luna confesses. This author, artist, and educator describes herself as a creative eclectic due to her diverse history, multiple talents, and various career pursuits. She enjoys a host of creative expressions: mixed media, mask making, floral designing, photography, sculpture, and gardening. JoDee believes the creative process infuses her with the courage to try on new artistic identities, take inspired risks, and explore imaginative ideas. She seeks to share her insights with others through her book, Refrain from the Identical: Insight and Inspiration for Creative Eclectics and website by the same name, Both provide helpful tips and inspiration for artistic multi-taskers, those who enjoy various forms of artistic expression.
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