You say toMAYto.....

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2013/07/09 17:36:22 (permalink)

You say toMAYto.....

No matter how you pronounce it, the glorious tomato is priceless. We use them in pasta sauces, on pizzas, in soups, in drinks, in salads, on sandwiches and burgers.  We eat them small, large, red, green and striped.  The tomato is one of my favorite summer foods (the other being sweet corn).
We have a local source of really fantastic beefsteak tomatoes and have been eating caprese salad nearly every night.  The other night I made a "summer" version of eggplant parmesan.  Breaded and fried eggplant slices topped with fresh tomato, basil and mozzarella, run under the broiler until the cheese was melted and browned.
Your favorite summer tomato dishes?
 
 
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    Michael Hoffman
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    Re:You say toMAYto..... 2013/07/09 17:45:44 (permalink)
    That incredible, edible ... toMAHto is wonderful, and I have to thank the Italians for discovering the world's best ways to use that marvelous fruit. lleechef's "summer" version of eggplant parmesan was a wonder to enjoy. And as far as caprese sald is concerned, thank goodness for Carfagna's luscious beefsteak tomatoes.
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    Re:You say toMAYto..... 2013/07/09 18:08:57 (permalink)
    The beginning of home grown tomato season starts with a BLT. 
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    Re:You say toMAYto..... 2013/07/09 18:13:58 (permalink)
    I do love a good BLT this time of the year!  Extra tomato for me!
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    Re:You say toMAYto..... 2013/07/09 19:40:15 (permalink)
    Very jealous-no home grown yet!
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    Re:You say toMAYto..... 2013/07/09 20:31:45 (permalink)
    A sliced tomato sandwich on whole wheat with mayo and a sprinkle of salt and pepper has to be one of my favorite Summer sandwiches!
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    Re:You say toMAYto..... 2013/07/09 21:12:05 (permalink)
    I grew up where only ToMAHTOs were raised..they taste better than ToMAYTOs
     
    I have since been corrected.  Got some lovely ones yesterday from the farm stand, took one, slicing off the top and bottom and then in half.  Dipped it in some flour, then an egg wash, and finally some pankos seasoned with garlic and a lot of PAHmesan (is it ever Pam-a-sawn?).  fried for about 5 minute a side in olive oil and butter.  Lovely!  And yes, fresh in a sandwich with maybe some mayo is also heavenly......with bacon and lettuce added, divine!
     
    And slices of said red fruit with Mozzarella cheese, BAH-ZIL ( also known as BAY-ZIL) from the Gahr-Den and sprinkled lightly with a splash of Balsamic(however you pronounce it) Vin-E-GAH is a lovely accompaniment to those ears of fresh corn
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    Re:You say toMAYto..... 2013/07/09 21:36:49 (permalink)
    Fresh Fried Green Toe may toes
    Fresh Garden Salsa
     
     
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    Re:You say toMAYto..... 2013/07/09 22:24:32 (permalink)
    Cajun.I only indulge in the Green kind at the end of the season when I'm afraid those sweeties just won't make it to blushing red before Ole Jack comes a nippin'
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    Re:You say toMAYto..... 2013/07/09 22:38:08 (permalink)
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    Cajun.I only indulge in the Green kind at the end of the season when I'm afraid those sweeties just won't make it to blushing red before Ole Jack comes a nippin'

     
    That's when my neighbor makes most of his too, he has a deck on the back of his house and frys them outdoors (when its hot) in his boxers.  I told his wife about it and she just laughed and said "well you know..."  YES I DO! 
    he also has the grandkids (4 and under out in the side yard skinny dipping everyday.
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    Re:You say toMAYto..... 2013/07/10 08:15:02 (permalink)
    If those first few tomatos don't make it onto a BLT I'm doing something wrong.
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    Re:You say toMAYto..... 2013/07/10 11:52:06 (permalink)
    Last night I made a toasted cheese sandwich with slices of beautiful beefsteak tomato for lleechef.
     
    (For those who are unfamiliar with the term, a toasted cheese sandwich is what some people refer to as a grilled cheese sandwich.)
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    Re:You say toMAYto..... 2013/07/10 16:19:33 (permalink)
    Toast, tomato and cheese, YUM.  Reminds me of last Wednesday's lunch.

     
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    Re:You say toMAYto..... 2013/07/10 16:32:53 (permalink)
    plb
    That looks wonderful!  Is that two strips of bacon on top?  Yum!
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    Re:You say toMAYto..... 2013/07/10 19:07:14 (permalink)
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    Cajun.I only indulge in the Green kind at the end of the season when I'm afraid those sweeties just won't make it to blushing red before Ole Jack comes a nippin'


    That's when my neighbor makes most of his too, he has a deck on the back of his house and frys them outdoors (when its hot) in his boxers.  I told his wife about it and she just laughed and said "well you know..."  YES I DO! 
    he also has the grandkids (4 and under out in the side yard skinny dipping everyday.


    Rofl.......my kinda guy!..just make sure he doesn't get too close to the frying butter!
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    Re:You say toMAYto..... 2013/07/10 20:19:17 (permalink)
    I often make caprese skewers for parties. One grape tomato, a round ball of mozzarella and a fresh basil leaf on a toothpick, drizzled with olive oil. 
    Fried green tomatoes are one of my favorite things, but it's hard to find the tomatoes here in SoCal to make them, so for me it is a restaurant dish. For a while Lucille's BBQ was making a sandwich I was in love with---a Fried Green Tomato BLT. It was awesome!
    My son up in Canada has been doing a lot of posting  on FB about all of his tomato vines. He has several types, heirloom and others, and apparently they grow really well there. Could he be a tomato-holic?
    Lleechef, that summer eggplant parmesan sounds amazing. I am going to have to try it!
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    Re:You say toMAYto..... 2013/07/10 20:39:03 (permalink)
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    Try the summer eggplant parm.......it's much better and lighter in hot weather than the traditional (which I'm not too fond of).  I just slice, bread and fry the eggplant, set on some racks to cool, top with 2 slices of fresh tomato, put on basil leaves, sprinkle with grated mozz.  Under the broiler until the cheese is melted and golden.  I served it as a side to some grilled meat (don't remember what) but I could just eat the eggplant with a green salad and some crusty baguette! 
    Our local farm market and local Italian market both have copious amounts of green tomatoes which I fry up in the traditional way. 
    I didn't can tomatoes last summer but I hope to do so this year! 
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    Re:You say toMAYto..... 2013/07/10 20:50:27 (permalink)
    chicken cacciatore, BLT, grilled cheese sandwiches, and sliced on most other type of sandwiches, chopped in tacos, salad, salsa, and sliced on homemade pizza. 
     
    Just sprinkled with a little salt and eaten by themselves. 
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    Re:You say toMAYto..... 2013/07/11 01:14:04 (permalink)
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    Ed
    Try the summer eggplant parm.......it's much better and lighter in hot weather than the traditional (which I'm not too fond of).  I just slice, bread and fry the eggplant, set on some racks to cool, top with 2 slices of fresh tomato, put on basil leaves, sprinkle with grated mozz.  Under the broiler until the cheese is melted and golden.  I served it as a side to some grilled meat (don't remember what) but I could just eat the eggplant with a green salad and some crusty baguette! 
    Our local farm market and local Italian market both have copious amounts of green tomatoes which I fry up in the traditional way. 
    I didn't can tomatoes last summer but I hope to do so this year! 

     
    I think I'm going to do it as a vegetarian dinner. Lord knows I eat enough meat otherwise! It does seem like a perfect meal. I may do polenta on the side to soak up some of the juices.
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