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Recipe Rescue: Make the Most Use of Tomatoes This Week

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Tomatoes were a vegetable (fruit?) that I avoided as a child. Actually I avoided them into my early 30s, and here’s why: I’d never had a good one. A ripe tomato, flavorful, aromatic tomato is a game changer. Once you have one, you will never order those anemic tomato slices on your Subway six inch again.

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Tomatoes are king of the summer garden. I mean, they decide when and where they will taste the best. Hydroponic tomatoes may look beautiful but that’s where the love ends; their flavor being just this side of bland, their texture, mealy and the lack of nose is noticeable. Although we humans have tried to grow tomatoes indeterminate of season and sunlight, the mighty tomato plant has prevailed and we have failed — miserably. Tomatoes are only good in the hot weather of the hottest months: summer!

My first taste of a juicy, ripe, flavorful tomato was in Augusta, Georgia from a small produce stand run by a big character. The man who owned and ran the tomato stand was born in the South and was truly of the South, down to the orange clay jammed into the soles of his work boots. He ruled that produce stand like a confederate general, adjusting rows of peaches, stirring his huge caldron of boiled peanuts or instructing a customer exactly how to fry okra. I bought one of his ruby red beauties and made a Caprése salad with it. I swooned like an over-heated Southern belle as I chewed that first bite. I’d never tasted anything like it. And just like Scarlett O’Hara, I swore that day to never, ever eat tomatoes out of season again!

Depending upon where you live, tomato season will be drawing to a close soon. Make the most of these precious last few weeks with the Crimson King of the Garden.

7 Flavorful Tomato Recipes to Try This Week:

Monday: Spiced, Stuffed Tomatoes by Finding Tasty

Photograph by Finding Tasty

Tuesday: Homemade Tomato Sauce by Christina Chavez

Photograph by Christina Chavez

Wednesday: Tuscan Tomato Bread Salad by Finding Tasty

Photograph by Finding Tasty

Thursday: Shakshuka by A Sweet Spoonful

Photograph by A Sweet Spoonful

Friday: Crustless Quiche With Roasted Tomatoes, Leeks and Gruyere by Finding Tasty

Photograph by Finding Tasty

Saturday: Almond Roasted Heirloom Tomatoes by Family Fresh Cooking

Photograph by Marla Meredith

Sunday: Baked Caprese by Finding Tasty

Photograph by Finding Tasty
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