Never take a good tomato for granted. That's the lesson folks out east learned in 2009 when the late tomato blight struck tomatoes across the eastern half of the U.S., dooming the entire crop. I felt their pain, remembering the year when four days of a late-spring hard freeze nipped the blossoms on peach and apple trees. That year? No peaches, no apples, for Missouri and Illinois.
But no tomatoes? Unthinkable. I vowed to never take good tomatoes for granted. So for a couple of months, it’s red heaven on a plate, tomatoes morning, noon and night. Sliced and salted. Sliced and sugared. Sliced and slivered with basil and slippery with mozzarella. Then grilled, broiled, roasted, sandwiched and then finally, souped. One night I even drizzled a little tomato syrup over ice cream! Don't let the tomato season pass without reveling in the glory that is the summer tomato!
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Too hot to think? Mix up a big batch of Tomato Gazpacho and feast for days. This classic Spanish recipe is all about the vegetables, not the least bit spicy although naturally, it's easy to spice up if that's your tomato pleasure.
Putting a little 'burn' on salt-embedded tomatoes brings out new depth. The recipe for Fire-Charred Tomatoes is a favorite from 2009, from 2009's favorite cookbook, Seven Fires by Francis Mallman and Peter Kaminsky.
So many great tomato recipes come from the Mediterranean! This recipe is for the Sicilian dish called Caponata, a mixture of tomato and eggplant, cooked til just soft and deepened with red wine vinegar. Serve Caponata as a side dish or an appetizer. Or eat it by the spoonful, straight from the bowl! Weight Watchers, zero points for 1/4 cup of Caponata!
OLD-FASHIONED CUCUMBER & TOMATO SALAD
This is a recipe from Missouri from the 1940s, a 'no fuss' tomato salad recipe that frankly, is quick and easy and so tasty you just might make a fuss over it. Be sure to try the Old-Fashioned Cucumber & Tomato Salad.
TOMATO GINGER JAM
I remade this 2005 recipe last week and on my, it's good! It's a stovetop jam, so no canning required, and sweet, yes, but apply just a smidge on a cracker with cream cheese, spread thin on a sandwich, ooo la la! A reader made it last week and reported, "Wow! I made this jam yesterday and it was fantastic!". Tomato Ginger Jam is extra convenient to make if you can find a jar of minced ginger, perhaps at an Asian market if you happen to have one close by.
STACKED RATATOUILLE (for a crowd)
If you love ratatouille (and no, I don't mean the movie!), then you'll love this version which is stacked for gorgeous presentation, versus all chopped up for rustic fare. Stacked Ratatouille is a great side dish, one that's easy for a crowd (as shown in the photograph) or to make for one or two or three.
Speaking of rat-a-TOO-ee, Ratatouille was the very first recipe published in Kitchen Parade, way back in 2002. It's still on my to-make list this year, this weekend, I think. Can't let the tomato season pass by without a good batch of ratatouille!
The first time I made Panzanella, the Italian tomato and bread salad, I called it 'My First Panzanella' because it took just one bite to know that this was a salad I would make again and again. And so I do!
The first year I made Slow-Roasted Tomatoes, I roasted one batch after another (fifteen batches in total!) perfecting the mix of time and temperature, fresh versus dried herbs, the right amount of oil. The trick is 'low and slow' -- and by slow I mean a long, long time in the oven.
FRESH CORN & TOMATO SALAD
What a revelation is this mixture of barely marinated tomato and barely cooked corn! I've come to think of Fresh Corn & Tomato Salad as 'Summer in a Bowl'!
SUMMER'S TOMATO SOUP
This is not your daddy's (or my dad's either) can of Campbell's, for sure. Instead it is is Summer's Tomato Soup, a milky broth dotted with gently cooked fresh tomatoes and fresh herbs. Gorgeous!
BLT PASTA SALAD
Close your eyes and imagine with me. Think of the best BLT sandwich. Now remove the bread and substitute tiny bites of pasta. That, my friends, is BLT Pasta Salad.
Believe it or not, there are still more tomato recipes,
it was hard to pick just a dozen favorites.
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