25 July 2010

Anticipation


These guys are hanging out on the vine in my garden right now.  Oh the anticipation of fresh, home-grown tomatoes!  If we could just have a few hot, sunny days, these orbs of deliciousness would be ready for feasting upon.

But my question is, how to eat these?

There's the simple slice-and-sprinkle with sea salt, or get a little fancier with the Caprese thing layering slices of tomato with fresh mozzarella and basil, but I'm craving a little more inspiration this year.

So talk to me, folks...what are your favorite recipes that let luscious tomatoes shine forth in all their glory?

 

8 comments:

Sierra Simpson-Dworschak said...

I just made some fried green tomatoes the other day... they were crisp, juicy, and oh so flavorful with a sprinkling of cayenne pepper and rosemary in the batter. I've also been toying with a tomato, basil, and watermelon salad with a citrus- fig scented balsamic vinaigrette. Did you have sigona's when you were up here, or is that a new development? If so, I will have to send you some of their flavored balsamic vinegars- they are outstanding!

cdizzy said...

how about this? http://www.davidlebovitz.com/archives/2010/07/classic_salade_nicoise.html

cdizzy said...

ooo and this looks interesting: http://cannelle-vanille.blogspot.com/2010/07/cooking-for-friends-heirloom-tomato.html ("The tart is super crumbly with a brown rice and almond crust, filled with arborio, parmesan, slices of heirloom tomatoes and a breadcrumb, almond and parmesan topping. All flavored with herbs and olive oil. Served with a salad is a perfect lunch or light dinner. ")

Susan @ The Spice Garden said...

Some of the things on my list are tomato and bread salad, a batch of homemade salsa for canning, pizzas of various types, and mock mincemeat made from the last of the green tomatoes (the ones trying to eek it out just before the first frosts) ...

Genna Harris said...

Hey Erica! All of your recipes look so fresh and healthy. I am pretty (okay, VERY) challenged in the kitchen, but when it comes to tomatoes, I do make a good rotini pasta salad with chopped tomatoes, crumbles of feta, green pepper, sliced black olives and Newman's Own Family-Recipe Italian dressing! Pop it in the fridge overnight...it's better the next day!

Anyway, I would love to send you an invitation to an upcoming free cooking demonstration with Cat Cora at Macy's La Cumbre Plaza in Santa Barbara on August 6. If you would like to hear more about it, just shoot me an email, and I'll happily pass that info along!

Thanks Erica! Have a great day!

Genna Harris
Digital Coordinator - EVERYWHERE
genna@beeverywhere.tv

erica said...

mmm..lots of yummy ideas you guys! thanks for sharing them! I hope you all are getting inspired from each other's comments too!

Carolyn - What Life Dishes Out said...

Bruschetta, which I'll be posting to my blog as soon as MY tomatoes come in - they are all still green here. :-( Also, Tomatoes with Basil, Red Wine Vinegar, Salt & Pepper is delicious. I do have that recipe already on my blog if you want to check it out. I am very anxious for my tomatoes to look like yours!!!

Carolyn - What Life Dishes Out said...

Oops! Forgot the Olive Oil in that Tomato/Basil thingamabob! :-)

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