I lamented in my post at www.maryjanesfarm.com about my scarce supply of 'maters. What is summer without home-grown vine-ripened tomatoes galore? My garden has only produced a few. Three that have made it to my kitchen.
Luckily I'm not having to go without home-grown 'maters though.
I'm lucky to have a father-in-law who has grown tomatoes this year in his suburban, beautifully manicured yard. You wouldn't believe the harvest he is enjoying from tomato plants hidden between the boxwoods and hydrangeas. A thing to behold! Whenever he comes to see us, he brings a big bag of his 'maters. Thank goodness he has a green thumb and a generous spirit.
And no matter what I'm doing, I stop. I must immediately eat one of his delicious tomatoes.
What is your favorite thing to do with a tomato? Do you ever cook them? Or saute them? Or just eat them au naturale?
My favorite way to eat a tomato is simple. Peel. Salt. Eat.
My hubby's way to enjoy a tomato is sliced (peel on), laid out on a plate with alternating slices of fresh mozzarella, fresh basil leaves draped on top, sprinkled with balsamic vinegar and kosher salt. I must admit that is a very delicious combination. But I like my method better. And mine gets the tomato in my mouth sooner!
My Daddy also shares his delicious 'maters with us. He grows the old-timey varieties that he grew up eating. Like Rutgers. He also brings us lots of cucumbers from his backyard garden. I eat "cukes" the same way I eat tomatoes. Peel. Salt. Eat.
I'm looking forward to being in town this weekend to hit up one of the local Farmer's Markets. I'm hoping there will be a LARGE supply of tomatoes!
Chasing joy, y'all! Rebekah