Friday, January 7, 2011

Longing for Tomatoes

I love tomatoes.  Sorry Miss Barclay (my second grade teacher who taught that one cannot love food) but I do.  I love the heirlooms, especially green zebras, cherokee and brandywine.  Red beefsteaks appear on good bread with a little mayonnaise for many lunches.  I love having a bowl of the candy variety of cherry tomatoes to eat like, well, candy.  I haunt the farmers' market on the square from it's opening in May until those tomatoes start to appear in late June.  I pester my favorite farmer to come up with a way to get them to the market sooner.

Costco was on my errand list yesterday.  We needed to stock the pantry and refrigerator and I needed a walk in a warm place.  In my wanderings among the aisles, I came upon these rosy red romas.  I picked them up and immediately was carried to mid-summer with the smell of their stems.  I dared picking up a box with a plan in mind.

Could I possibly turn them into a taste of summer?

Alas, no!  But, this recipe is better than having none--I think.  I can only imagine how good it will be to treat those freshly picked jewels in June to this bath of olive oil with it's tasty additions.

Here's the recipe.  See what you think.  Most certainly save it for summer.

Hoping for a Taste of Summer Tomatoes

8 firm ripe tomatoes peeled.  (This is easily accomplished by adding them to boiling water for about one 
  or two minutes.)
1/2 cup chopped flat leaf parsley
1 garlic clove, minced
1 tsp salt
1 tsp sugar
1/4 tsp freshly ground pepper
1/4 cup olive oil (I used blood orange olive oil)
2 tbsp wine vinegar 
2 tsp Dijon mustard

1.  Peel the tomatoes and cut into fourths.  Place in a shallow dish.

2.  Combine the remaining ingredients and whisk together.  Pour over tomatoes.  Cover and refrigerate.  Let stand for 30 minutes at room temperature before serving.

3.  Keeps well for several days.



  1. This time of year we can find Campari tomatoes which are a wonderful tribute to summer. Of course they are a premium price but it would be worth it!!!

  2. There's nothing like a home-grown, fresh from the vine tomato but the pictures you've posted are enticing!!

  3. Bonnie...I'm with you on your love for tomatoes. Here, in Montreal, we've been fortunate to have a company produce reasonably tasty tomatoes through their well thought-out greenhouses. Hence, I can enjoy your recipe any time ;o)

    Flavourful wishes,

  4. Now, I'm longing for summer tomatoes, too... Your recipe looks delicous, Bonnie. Hope you have a wonderful day. Tanna

  5. your teacher was wrong! i love food and I LOVE tomatoes. my dad had tomatoes almost year round, and i ate them like apples, in stews and gravies and on sandwiches and in salads. now i am wanting a big beef steak thick sliced with mayo on whole wheat. i do soooo love tomato sandwiches.

  6. Makes me long for summer tomato growing minus the tomato Hornworm....scary

    I see this over some pasta tonight. I have some whole cherry tomatoes I froze in baggies from my bumper crop this summer. I wonder if this would work? I will try this tonight.

    I made your chicken dish last night, hubby is not fond of chicken but he did eat it. That is a plus.

  7. Oh my! You've done it again, Bonnie! I'm getting hungry just looking at this. Oh - and Miss Barclay was wrong. We can love food! :)
    Happy day to you,

  8. Your teacher was certainly wrong. You can love food and tomatoes are at the top of my list! Carla

  9. Okay maybe Mrs Barclay meant you can't love tomatoes, but you can love eating tomatoes! What a fresh lovely dish and taste of summer for sure! We are coming into tomatoe season here in Florida, and strawberries are soon! Can't wait!

  10. It looks delicious, but as you say, nothing like right off the vine summer tomatoes. Which we'll patiently wait for. But you have given us a "taste" of summer here. Have a good weekend.

    P.S. all you food photos are wonderful. Your new camera is "agreeing with you." And I like your new header photo.

  11. I know I would enjoy these. They add such wonderful color to the winter table, that their added cost can be overlooked. I hope you are having a great day. Blessings...Mary

    P.S. My patient is doing fine and is driving again.

  12. I've never seen a recipe like this. But those tomatoes sure are pretty! I am very excited about the big new Whole Foods in Charlottesville. It is huge, we just drove around it, and it will have two floors! Alas, dirt floors still and only the outside is up. Won't be open till June 13th. Ready for your fall visit! Maybe we could even meet there for dinner!

  13. The pictures look great especially since we have snow on the ground.

  14. You know when you are talking about tomatoes, you are calling my name! When I walk through Costco, I feel like addict (laugh).

    Tomatoes scream Summer. Looks like you need a little warm weather to come your way.


  15. I have been missing tomatoes too. They are so expensive at the market, and they don't taste like the end of the summer magic that I'm used to! This looks like a great bowl of my favorite red fruit. Thank you for sharing such a delicious recipe. I hope you have a wonderful Friday and a beautiful weekend!

  16. I bought some Romas at Costco yesterday and I know they will benefit from your yummy dressing. They are better than those at the grocery store so they will have to do. Summer is a long way off.

  17. At least you tried. Looks tasty

    Have a great weekend.


  18. I love tomatoes too..... on pasta, tomatoes salad, on pizza, in any way....I love tomatoes...ciao Flavia

    This recipe looks more than tasty!!!

  19. They smell summer. I can't wait for summer to come so as to enjoy fresh tomatoes

  20. How I miss my summer tomatoes; today I bought some really nice looking sweet tomatoes, so I will try your recipe.

  21. Mmmmmm...there is nothing like fresh tomatoes off the vine. Costco does a good job keeping all kinds of fruits and vegetables accessible this time of the year. I have been trying to concentrate on eating locally grown root vegetables this winter, and I bet this vinaigrette dressing would taste delicious over sliced roasted beets or carrots!

  22. It's so weird, but while I like tomatoey things (i.e. pizza sauce, marinara, etc.) I can't stand sliced tomatoes like that - but it looks delicious!

    Hope you stay warm this weekend - I don't think it was nice of mother nature to give us a 50 degree NYE and have bitter cold to follow.

    Enjoy your weekend!

  23. Great timing! I just got back from my grocery store and bought a sleeve of new Kumato tomatoes. I LOVE tomatoes and so does my hubby. This sounds like a delightful recipe!

  24. I just bought some Campari tomatoes-on-the-vine and they are pretty stinkin' good for winter tomatoes! I was pleased. I do love (yes, love) a good summer tomato!

  25. Romas look pretty --but nothing compares to those gorgeous homegrown Tennessee tomatoes in Summer... My hubby eats the cherry tomatoes--but I don't care for them.. SO--I definitely will wait 'til Summer for this recipe.

    Thanks, Bonnie.

  26. Poor Miss Barclay needed to lighten up a bit, eh? I don't love tomatoes, but I do love many things made with them, and look forward to the "real" tomatoes in summer. This looks like something I could love. :)


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