Ode to the tomato and easy recipe ideas
Photos above by @Tartinegourmande
If you’ve ever tasted a fresh picked, ripe tomato right off the vine, with it’s delicate scent and sweet juices, then you have tasted happiness. During the summer, when local tomatoes are prolific, you can be creative as the tomato is very versatile and easy to use. I’ll highlight a few favorite recipes…
Krister’s Aunt Liz reached out to me over the weekend, saying she enjoyed reading the post about Cantaloupes, and wanted to share that one of her favorite sources for finding recipes is Southern Living. Since it’s tomato season they had recently posted 47 Ways with Fresh Tomatoes. Liz’s current favorite from the list is Tomato, Watermelon, and Feta Skewers with Mint and Lime. I can’t wait to try it!
Also from Southern Living’s list of 47, these Open-faced Tomato Sandwiches with Creamy Cucumber Spread look simple and delicious! According to the Southern Living Test Kitchen, cut your tomatoes with a serrated knife so that you do not damage the flesh when cutting the skin and lose the juices.
These remind me how easy it is to make variations on this for summer cocktail parties. You will never go wrong with the super combo of fresh tomatoes and basil on toast, bruschetta or crackers. Drizzle a little olive oil and balsamic vinegar on top with a sprinkling of sea salt and oh my.
I have always loved making a tomato pie and this recipe on the Southern Living list looks gorgeous – Tomato, Cheddar and Bacon Pie. You can always leave out the bacon if you wish.
One of my favorite recipes to make year round is Cherry Tomato Tartlets Tatin by @tartinegourmande and her cookbook La Tartine Gourmande. You slow roast the cherry tomatoes before assembling the Tatin to bake.
With this recipe I often have leftover roasted cherry tomatoes and they are delicious on their own or added to other recipes.
Thomas Jefferson was one of the first Virginians to grow and eat tomatoes. Since tomatoes are in the nightshade family most Americans were afraid they were poisonous and did not eat them. Legend has it that Thomas Jefferson first ate them in front of a crowd near Lynchburg, VA at his retreat Poplar Forest and later in 1806 served them to guests at the President’s house which led to their popularity as an edible fruit in addition to a decorative planting.
“Home grown tomatoes, home grown tomatoes
What would life be like without homegrown tomatoes
Only two things that money can’t buy
That’s true love and home grown tomatoes.”
John Denver, ‘Home Grown Tomatoes’
(from a song written by Guy Clark)
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