Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Inland Northwest, High Desert

September, 2000
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Yellowjackets As Good Guys
Yellowjackets can be a pain at picnics, as they buzz around your hamburgers and potato salad. However, they can be good guys too. One friend of mine told another that as he was watching a couple of flies on the kitchen window, a yellowjacket came by, picked one off the window, and took off with it.



"That's nothing", a second friend said. He saw a yellowjacket swoop down on an unsuspecting moth, cut the wings and head off, and fly away with the body. So yellowjackets can be our friends.

Recipes

Tomato Corn Soup
Here's a good way to enjoy the bounteous harvest of tomatoes, sweet corn and onions. Plus, I think warm soup tastes even better during cool fall weather.



Ingredients

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 1/2 cups chopped onion

2 pounds fresh tomatoes, peeled and chopped

1 1/2 tablespoons tomato paste

4 cups chicken broth

1 teaspoon chopped fresh dill or 1/2 teaspoon dried

1/4 cup chopped fresh basil, packed

2 cups fresh corn kernels

Salt and pepper only if needed



Preparation

In a large saucepan heat olive oil, add onion and saute until softened. Add tomatoes, tomato paste, and chicken broth. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 30 to 40 minutes, until veggies are tender. In a blender puree mixture in batches. Return to saucepan, add herbs and corn and cook 5 minutes longer, to make sure it's heated through. Add salt and pepper to taste.



Serve with fresh, warm, crunchy bread.



Serves 6 to 8

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