Today is the Secret Recipe Club reveal day!  This month I was honored to receive Evelyne’s blog, Cheap Ethnic Eats.  Evelyne had my blog a while back and she made my Nanny’s Brown Sugar Fudge!  I’m glad to be able have her blog finally so I can return the favor and tell you what I found on her blog 🙂

I did a lot of browsing.  The first thing I came across that I knew I would make would be the tomato butter that you see posted here today.  I think of this as more of a jam and I loved it on my morning toast.  Mom and Dad had treated us to so many goodies on their visit, and fresh garden tomatoes were some of them – so I had some great produce for my recipe!

There are a couple of things I want to share with you (and of course Evelyne!) in relation to Cheap Ethnic Eats and herself.  First of all, she lives not too far away from where I lived all my life until a couple of years ago.  I lived right near the Canadian border for about 45 years!  Grumpy and I went to Montreal when we were first together and I had the Lasik surgery there and years before that I remember going on a camping trip up that way and took the boys to see the Colorado Rockies pay the Montreal Expos.  Sorry, Evelyne, they were both Rockies fans.

Evelyne also talks about something on her blog that I grew up with.  She has a post that she does called Thursday’s Thingamijig.  This particular post talked about food in cans and how they don’t belong there.  I couldn’t help but smile when I saw the Worthington Fri-Chik.  Because I grew up with a vegetarian Mom, the Fri-Chik was a stable in our home.  LOL.  Seriously, that stuff is good, but you can’t expect it to taste like real chicken.  That would just be wrong.  😉  The real chicken in a can though, well, yeah.  That one does gross me out.  I don’t have much of a problem with vegetarian soy protein in a can though.  Another food that is in a can that is from Worthington is the Big Franks (hot dogs).  LOVE THOSE THINGS!

Thanks for the walk down memory lane Evelyne.  I had a lot of fun browsing through your blog!  I hope you enjoy my rendition of the Tomato Butter!

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Tomato Butter
  • 3 large Tomatoes, diced
  • 1/4 cup sugar
Place tomatoes in a saucepan. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer until tomatoes have completely broken down and are soft and have reduced and thickened to a jam consistency.  Evelyne chose to not strain her tomatoes and I did the same, however you can strain the skin and seeds if you prefer.

Prep time:  :10 minutes
Cook time: :20 minutes
Total time: :30 minutes
Yield: 1 cup

About the Author: Shelby Law Ruttan

Shelby is the author/owner of Grumpy's Honeybunch. Established in 2007, she shares and preserves family recipes as well as recipes for cooking light and keto. She is an experienced, self-taught home cook who loves to share recipes with others. You can see her work on websites such as Veal Made Easy, Parade, Community Table, SoFab Food, Yummly, and FoodGawker.


  1. Wendy Wofford-Garcia October 8, 2012 at 4:29 pm - Reply

    I need to send this recipe to my sister…she had a garden this year with a TON of tomatoes, so she's looking for stuff to turn them into! I had your blog this month and was so excited to try the Bacon Maple Breakfast Rolls…couldn't find the sheet crescent dough, so just make individual crescents instead! So good…

  2. Melissa @IWasBornToCook October 8, 2012 at 4:34 pm - Reply

    Great way to use up lots of tomatoes!

  3. Lisa~~ October 8, 2012 at 7:01 pm - Reply

    Sounds wonderful and so very easy!

    If you haven't already, I'd love for you to check out my SRC entry Baked Buffalo Chicken Wings.


  4. Aly ~ Cooking In Stilettos October 8, 2012 at 8:39 pm - Reply

    Tomato butter – that definitely sounds intriguing.

  5. bellini October 8, 2012 at 8:53 pm - Reply

    It sounds so simple and delicious!!

  6. Cheap Ethnic Eatz October 8, 2012 at 11:47 pm - Reply

    I am so happy you got me, first time I have a 'return the favor' situation. Never knew you were so close. ha ha I must laugh at the Lasik comment. Hope it turned out great. Glad I got to take you down memory lane. And great choice for the recipe, I had forgotten about that one. Surprising isn't it.

  7. honeyb October 9, 2012 at 2:47 am - Reply

    Interesting that this is tomato butter, or tomato jam–and I think of it as just catsup/ketchup. 😉 It does sound yummy to make homemade. Fun post.

  8. Lisa October 10, 2012 at 5:53 am - Reply

    I've never heard of tomato butter before. I'm delighted to learn about something new.

  9. Cooking Rookie October 10, 2012 at 9:08 am - Reply

    Such an original recipe and so simple! I need to give this a try! Must be amazing with crackers and cheese!

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