There is not a hope in hell that I can’t blog about tomatoes. Where in the world would I be without them or where would the world be without them?
My husband says we have tomatoes in some form or other every day…hmmm…he’s probably right. I can’t help it. I have always been addicted to the taste of tomatoes before I even knew of all their health benefits.
When I was growing up, my parents always grew a veggie garden. They didn’t have much money so this was super important. And as they both grew up on farms, were very resourceful. There were always tomatoes grown. A favorite snack was buttered toast with freshly sliced tomatoes, warmed by the sun, sprinkled with salt & pepper. So simple but sooo wonderful.
I was still living at home when I got my first job. The deal was that I had to pay room and board. My Mom asked me what foods I would like her to buy me every week. Thumbs down, no deliberation, tomatoes and butter. We always used margarine (yuk) except for special occasions/holidays and for tomatoes on toast. In those days I knew our own tomates were fantastic but I didn’t care if they were in season or not! Shocking, I know!
Of course, to feed my desires, I grow tomatoes every summer. For years my Mom used to start them from seeds in her greenhouse . Now I have to search for the heirloom varieties (a lot easier these days with the farmer’s markets having a wide selection available). Last summer I grew San Marzano’s from seed; not a great experiment, probably due to the weather. I wouldn’t dream of not growing “Sun Golds”,** my desert island cherry tomatoes and “Super Sweet 100’s). As we all know, you can’t grow tomatoes if you don’t grow basil too! What’s summer without pesto?
I often roast a number of pounds of roma tomatoes.** Tossed with EVOO, garlic and basil then roasted; and stored in the freezer for use during the rest of the year. They make a great pizza topping, or pasta sauce or even on crostini with a bit of goat cheese.
**If you would like to see a fabulous spaghetti recipe using Sun Gold tomatoes, please see Spaghetti With Sun Gold Tomatoes And Basil. If you would like to see how to roast tomatoes, please go to How To Roast Tomatoes. For an excellent pesto, click here.