A Tomato A Day….

by Joan on September 12, 2012

How about these AWESOME tomatoes?  I gather a huge bowl like this every other day.  I am swimming in tomatoes.

And what is the cause of this tomato extravaganza?  I believe it’s two words – chicken poop.  Organic chicken poop cured over the winter and applied to the beds in the spring.  I’ve been growing tomatoes in this yard for 23 years and NEVER had plants this huge or prolific.

It’s certainly not the high quality of the plants.  Many were labeled heirloom when we got them in late May, but hey, they can’t be too fancy because they came from Home Depot.

I eat at least one tomato sandwich a day and COULD NOT be happier.  Very Excellent Husband Don continues to ask, “Want some veggie bacon?  Some lettuce? An egg, maybe?”

“No!” I patiently (haha) reply.  Just tomato, Hellman’s mayo, salt and pepper on whole wheat bread.  Anything else is just WRONG.

But I need to use WAY more tomatoes than one sandwich’s worth a day.  What’s a girl to do?  Here’s what….

Essential Roasted Tomato-Jalapeno Salsa by Rick Bayless  From the Splendid Table website, LOVE IT!

Food 52’s take on Marcella Hazan’s Tomato Sauce with Onion and Butter – This freezes wonderfully and I’m probably going to have a freezer full in a month! Not to mention the fact that Nancy wrote about it last year here.  Great minds think alike.

Food 52’s version of Sarah Leah Chase’s Scalloped Tomatoes – One bite of this is like jumping into a tomato swimming pool. (You get the idea.)

Food 52’s Summer Pasta Alla Caprese – Redux – Your regular pasta caprese – but with a twist.

Emeril Lagasse’s Panzanella Tuscan Bread and Tomato Salad – I love this.  I could actually be IN LOVE with this.

Eat as many home-grown tomatoes as you can right now.  In the middle of winter when there’s not a good one to be found, you’ll remember how perfect they were. And be very, very happy.

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lori September 12, 2012 at 8:58 pm

These recipes are JUST what I need right now!!!
lori´s last blog post ..Preserving Summer

Joan September 12, 2012 at 9:58 pm

Glad we can help!

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