No update on the beetles... I planted a thousand radishes, removed the afflicted plants, and so far, so good (in fact, the radishes have already started to grow). That one tomato plant doesn't seem to be recovering, though. Thank goodness I have seven others... because I love days like this:
Although I have thankfully not had issues with animals eating my vegetables this year, leaving tomatoes to ripen entirely on the vine can be a risky endeavor. They are just sitting there waiting to be eaten, and I do not like to take that risk. So, as soon as they are mainly red and release easily from the plant (my biggest cue that they are, in fact, ripe), I pick them and give them a little windowsill time as needed.
Tonight for dinner I used some of these tomatoes, as well as my very last jar of last summer's preserved tomatoes, in one of my very favorite summer recipes. Sadly, I still don't have any of my own zucchini, so I did have to buy it... but this recipe is perfect for those of you who were able to grow both (or, for non-gardeners who got a great deal on those veggies at a Farmer's market).
The recipe, linked above, is for an Italian vegetable casserole called Tiella. I saw this on a cooking show years ago and have made it at least once or twice a year ever since. In fact, today I checked the date at the bottom of the recipe printout I've been using all this time - 2004! It is really so tasty that it is worth keeping in a binder for 8 years. Check it out!