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Fresh Off The Vine July 27, 2013

Posted by nrhatch in Food & Drink, Home & Garden, Vegetarian Recipes.
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Tomatoes scream . . . IT’S SUMMER!

It’s difficult to think anything but pleasant thoughts while eating a homegrown tomato. ~ Lewis Grizzard

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If you have a bumper crop of vine-ripened beauties sitting on your counter, here are a few serving suggestions:

* Check out Andra’s simple and elegant Caprese Salad.  Tomatoes also brighten up Cobb, Caesar, and Chef Salads.

* Serve Shrimp Cocktail in a martini glass on a bed of shredded lettuce and chopped tomato seasoned with a lemon vinaigrette.

 A world without tomatoes is like a string quartet without violins. ~ Laurie Colwin

* Make a Tomato Pie or a super simple Bruschetta.  Or liven up a Welsh Rarebit with sliced or diced tomatoes.

* Slide tomatoes into sandwiches and wraps.  Or whip up a batch of Tomato Cheese Spread for crackers or bagel crisps.

* Dice tomatoes into pasta salad, couscous, or rice salad.  Or toss hot buttered noodles with roasted garlic, tomatoes, and crumbled feta.

* Stuff tomatoes with rice and cheese.  Or risotto.

Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit; wisdom is not putting it in fruit salad.

* Make homemade salsa or pico de gallo to serve with tortilla chips, quesadillas, burritos, or tacos.

* Whip up a batch of tomato soup or Bloody Mary mix.

* Combine diced tomatoes with fresh corn kernels, black beans, and scallions to make a colorful Fiesta Salad.  Toss with oil, vinegar, lime juice, and Tabasco.

* Make a Tomato Sandwich or a PBLT ~ Peanut Butter, Lettuce, and Tomato.

A medium tomato has 35 calories. lots of vitamins, and virtually no fat or sodium.

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* Lecsó, a spicy Hungarian dish, puts summer-ripe tomatoes and hot peppers to good use.  Serve over rice or noodles.

* Add a chopped tomato to a Spinach Rice Casserole.

* Tuck a slice of tomato into a Grilled Cheese sandwich or Panini.

Aah . . . that’s better!

What’s your favorite way to enjoy tomatoes at the peak of the season?