10 Ways To Enjoy Tomatoes

10 Ways to Enjoy Tomatoes

For those of you who have been following us on social media, you’ve probably noticed a theme: TOMATOES.  Let me explain…about 3 years ago my husband, Michael, decided to try a bit of a science experiment. (Most people just call it gardening.) He found an antiquated package of tomato seeds in the garage and wanted to see if they were still good. He germinated them, transplanted them and nurtured them.  As they grew, he stumbled into all of the woes that gardeners have experienced through the ages; blight, bugs, caterpillars, and critters.  At the end of the summer, he calculated that the 3 tomatoes we harvested cost about $100 each.

 Not to be easily dissuaded, the next year he tried again with a bit more success.  This year, Mike started with 4” seedlings (from our local “Tomatomania” event) in nine different pots, good old Miracle Grow soil and determination.  He thought if half survived and half were lost to the elements, he would be satisfied.  As Mother Nature and Mike’s diligence would have it, all his tomato babies thrived. Mike’s work is complete, and mine has started.  I have become obsessed with this little red fruit, which is a good thing since I have a bounty of 80 plus pounds from 6 varieties (Roma’s, Brandywines, Blue Beauties, Better Boys, Big Rainbow, and Small Sungolds) Since I am now the self-proclaimed Forest Gump of tomatoes, I thought I’d share some ideas.

 10 Ways to Enjoy Tomatoes

1. Smash It!   Tomato Sauce- See our Pinterest board for recipe.

2. Dry It!   Sun dried Tomatoes- See past blog post for recipe http://bit.ly/1o0ouWt

3. Roast It!   Roasted Tomatoes- In the oven at 350 for 35 minutes.

4. Grill It!   Grilled Tomatoes- Cut in half, spray with olive oil, salt and put on foil on the bbq.

5. Slice It!  Greek Salad- Kalamata olives, fresh feta cheese, red onion, tomatoes

6. Dice It!   Bruschetta- Tomatoes, garlic, basil, olive oil, salt. On a toasted baguette.

7. Boil It!  Tomato Soup- http://bit.ly/1pcg4fl

8. Bake It!  Tomato Tart- http://bit.ly/1BhFAVZ

9. Fry It!  Fried Green Tomatoes- See our Pinterest Board for recipe http://bit.ly/VnZCNF

10. Savor it!   Breakfast Sandwich- Avocado, Tomato, Fried Egg, Basil a bit of Truffle Salt on Whole Wheat Toast