Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Tomatomania

Last year was not a good tomato year, so I'm very excited that this summer has offered up a bountiful crop of sweet goodness. Some of the heirloom varieties I planted have been big performers. I've been busy with all kinds of tomato projects- salsa, sauce, juice, and just plain canned tomatoes. Of course they went in my canned vegetable soup, and on the table for supper just about every night. I even tackled ketchup, which I hadn't done in years. Ketchup by the way, is quite easy. It's just time intensive while you are waiting for it to cook down. (Oh, and I don't want to hear any one-upsmanship comments about being busy mining your own salt. Okay, Beth?) Anyway, this is a perfect opportunity to share one of my favorite tomato recipes with you. It's something insanely easy, but with a lot of flavor. We look forward to this easy bruschetta every year, either as a snack or part of a meal. It doesn't get nearly the respect it deserves. Although we like salsa too, prepared fresh with garden tomatoes, this is even better.

2 cups cherry or plum tomatoes, halved or coarsely chopped
1/4 cup diced red onion
3 T olive oil (extra virgin)
1T balsamic vinaigrette
3 T fresh chopped basil
1/2 tsp. minced garlic
tarragon
salt and pepper

Combine all ingredients and season with salt, pepper, and tarragon. Eat on toast rounds or use on fresh bread. For fresh bread, brush bread with a little olive oil, then toast and add topping.


And don't forget last year's Tomato Ricotta tart
here. Another good use of healthy tomatoes.

I had hoped to write a longer post, but we are busy getting ready to head out to Lancaster for a few days. It won't be relaxing, but it will be fun, and I hope to have some pictures to share when I return. Meanwhile, I hope you are all enjoying your summer and finding time to behold God's creation during this magical time of year.


Photo: Spring 2010, somewhere in Eastern PA

5 comments:

  1. Have FUN on vacation!! And really, one-upsmanship?? Puh-lease. I think it's cute you do little things like make ketchup. We all know you're far superior in the kitchen! I have to go now though and whittle an arrow to catch a wild boar for supper and then finish blowing the glass for some jars I'm making. Have fun with your ketchup though. Just another day... ♥

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  2. There is just nothing as yummy as a fresh, fully ripe, garden tomato. Every year I eat so many my mouth gets sore from the acid. Our tomato plants are loaded with tomatoes, but we have so far only had a few ripe. We are praying that the nice weather will hold for them to ripen up. Green beans just coming in right now... lots and lots of them.

    Have a wonderful day!

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  3. Oh, total yum! I LOVE bruschetta, but just make it by tasting and tweaking for flavors. I had no real, tried and true recipe, so normally, by the time I get it tasting exactly right, I've eaten half of it. Never liking to do a job halfway, I lick the bowl clean, spoiling my appetite for dinner! I'm so glad to have a real recipe now, and the rest of my family will be happy to finally get some when I make it...maybe.

    @imPerfect Housewife: You're a riot!

    Weird. For some reason I can't post with my BAT Mom picture today.

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  4. Oh, total yum! I LOVE bruschetta, but just make it by tasting and tweaking for flavors. I had no real, tried and true recipe, so normally, by the time I get it tasting exactly right, I've eaten half of it. Never liking to do a job halfway, I lick the bowl clean, spoiling my appetite for dinner! I'm so glad to have a real recipe now, and the rest of my family will be happy to finally get some when I make it...maybe.

    @imPerfect Housewife: You're a riot

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  5. Sorry for the duplication. I thought I would be able to delete the first one, once I figured out why my picture wasn't showing up.

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