Monday, August 22, 2016


Tomatoes are grand in any language!

This is a favorite book of mine, everything you want or need to know about the history and culture of the tomato. Fruit or vegetable? The once know "poisonous apple," technically classified as a fruit has come a long way to the accepted vegetable of the modern world!

Amazon Synopsis

American home grown beauties

The All American (Southern)Tomato Sandwich 
White bread, mayonnaise, salt, pepper 

Penne with tomato basil sauce

 Tomato of the beautiful

Italy The Beautiful
a favorite cookbook of mine

Pepper and tomato stew

Peperonata (Pepper and Tomato Stew)
3 ripe tomatoes
6 red and yellow bell peppers
1/4 cup extra virgin OO
1 onion, sliced
2 garlic cloves, chopped 
1 tablespoon chopped fresh oregano 
a few basil leaves

Plunge tomatoes and peppers into boiling water for a few seconds;, drain and peel. Chop tomatoes; seed and slice peppers.
Heat oil in skillet over medium heat. Add garlic and onion and sauté until translucent. Add pepper slices and salt to taste, cook for a few minutes. Add tomatoes and oregano. Cover, reduce heat and cook slowly for 30 minutes, stirring from time to time. Add basil and cook for a few minutes more to blend flavors. Transfer to bowl and serve. Delicious!

Garden tomatoes

Wonderful recipes in Monet's Table
Tomatoes farcies (sauce) and 
Stuffed tomatoes

A kitchen vignette, using fresh basil and tomatoes

As summer days wind down, so will the bounty of fresh tomatoes. We love them here and I think of them as a staple, preparing favorite salads and recipes.  

Let's not forget the greens!
Have you ever tried 
Fried green tomatoes?


Caprese salad
always a favorite


My Bruschetta recipe here

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  1. It's tomato season here, too! Last night was Caprese Salad with halved cherry tomatoes - so yummy. And wouldn't you know it, I have Monet's Table out of the library just now - stuffed tomatoes will be on the menu tonight! Thanks for all the tomato love.

  2. I do not know a lot about tomatoes, except love eating them. We raised our own when I was growing up. Nothing better than a fresh tomato.

  3. I got the best Roma tomatoes last week! I enjoy slicing them onto my sandwich or salad. Love that beautiful cookbook! It makes everything look so tasty! Hugs, Diane

  4. Oh my, every dish looks delicious. I love home grown tomatoes. I have been wanting to try making the caprese salad. YUM! Happy Monday, enjoy your new week!

  5. Hopped in from Amaze Me Monday. You sure made me hungry with all the wonderful food.

  6. Looks like great homegrown tomatoes and yummy dishes you have prepared. I love them all. Fried green tomatoes are really a treat to us.
    Glad I have eaten because I'd be hungry viewing all your dishes. Summer vegetables can't be beat.

  7. Mmmmmm...all those tomato dishes are making my mouth water, Emily! Your photos and vignettes are so pretty. Yes, I have tried fried green tomatoes and love them!

  8. I love home grown tomatoes but the ones in the groc store don't even taste like tomatoes...we've been enjoying our little tiny grape tomatoes from our greenhouse...sweet as honey. xoxo

  9. I cannot go a day without eating a least one tomato, your beautiful post had my mouth watering. Those fried green tomatoes are calling my name.
    Thanks for sharing your wonderful mosaics, cook books and recipes with us for Mosaic Monday.
    Have a fabulous week.

  10. Mo my gosh, I love your post about tomatoes. We grow them in a container and I eat a tomato sandwich every day for lunch. Homegrown tomatoes taste wonderful. I would love to know how to make the tomato and pepper dish. We grow peppers too.

    Thank you for joining Blue Monday and have a lovely week.

  11. Fun post. I'm always sad when tomato season ends. There is just nothing better than a fresh, home grown tomato. We used to pickle our green tomatoes -- when we were tired of fried greens.....!!!!!!!!

  12. My basil grew like wildfire this summer. Tomatoes? Not so good. Your pepper and tomato stew looked very good!

  13. I love your ode to tomatoes Emily! Especially your watercolor paintings :) That photo of the pasta and red wine has me drooling at 9 am, it's time to get some tomato sauce something on our menu!! Great inspiration!!

  14. Emily, this is a beautiful post full of gorgeous shots. I'm one of the weird ones who doesn't eat tomatoes, so I can't swoon over these like most. I know it's strange, but I don't eat tomatoes. '-) The chef, on the other hand, would love everyone of these dishes. '-)

  15. I'm totally drooling! I love tomatoes. I'm a Jersey girl and you just can't grow up there without liking Italian style food. You had me at penne and Caprese salad. Delish!

  16. This looks so good. It is just not any meal, even breakfast very often, without a big red ripe juicy tomato. I will save your Pepperotnata because it looks fantastic. I have yet to make a fried green tomato this year, but soon, very soon...

  17. I LOVE tomatoes and we have been eating tons of them. We planted six plants in our garden and it has been so much fun to go out and pick them every day :o) I will be sad when the season is over....

  18. I am all this tomato inspiration ♥

  19. Rick's are still green so I am agog at all your luscious red tomatoeness! Everything looks so delicious and the recipe sounds great. I'm a big fan of basil and tomato sandwiches. Maybe I should add mozzarella and make it a caprese salad!

  20. I love having homegrown tomatoes in the kitchen to make a tomato sandwich for lunch. I also love all the other recipes you mention and I make them all. I have some green tomatoes so I have to try the fried green tomatoes.

  21. My tomatoes are slow to ripen here where the Pacific Ocean blows cool and misty winds even on the hottest days. I've never tried fried green tomatoes, but I make a green tomato curry that freezes well. Your photos are perfectly beautiful!

  22. I have many tomatoes this year in my garden, so the idea that they can answer to any problem is very interesting ;) And so are all the recipe ideas!

  23. Thank you so much for stopping by my little blog and leaving a sweet comment! I loved your tomato post! We've been having a wonderful yield this year in our garden and I'm so thankful. A fantastic writer has a book of poems largely centered on her garden and even one poem with tomato in the title! I think you'd enjoy it:

  24. My tomatoes didn't do too well this year, although I did have several yellow cherry tomatoes tonight in my salad! The photos and recipe are luscious Emily! You've succeeded in making me very hungry :).


  25. Everything looks so delicious.

  26. Lovely post...we do love our tomatoes. Fried green tomatoes are a favorite. We like to make Fried green tomato BLT' good......and fried green tomato sandwiches with pimento and cheese. :)

    I would love to read the book about Monet's cooking journals. I bet it's fascinating!


  27. Great post, Emily! My husband always has an abundance of tomatoes in the garden. I will have to try some of your recipes. Thanks for sharing!




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