43 responses

  1. Worthington
    August 24, 2010

    Dukes Mayo (if you can even get that in California) with some salt, pepper, and a big chunky slice of tomato is the best!

  2. hostess of the humble bungalow
    August 24, 2010

    I love your post…it is surprisingly sensual…food is love in my patch!
    You've made me hungry…
    BTW my tomatoes are caged in bright yellow!

    I also took great delight in your words…"Tomato plants, like the High WASP species, end as abundance starts to decay, faintly, perfumed"
    (an amazing picture)

  3. Deja Pseu
    August 24, 2010

    Thanks for these receipes and ideas! I planted cherry tomatoes this year, as I'm the only one in my household who actually eats tomatoes (unless one counts ketchup). Now I wish I'd planted some heirlooms too. Next year.

  4. Tish Jett
    August 24, 2010

    This is EXACTLY the ticket. And yes, I too get weirdly and wildly excited over the daily progress. Isn't the "Daily Progress" something WASPy?

    Here's the thing though. In this household, much to my dismay everyone (that's one person because I honestly don't care and two dogs who do not eat vegetables) likes HIS tomatoes PEELED (!) I just bought a special peeler. In this way I am told by people I know who really know how to cook as opposed to moi meme, everything is better that way.

    Let me know if you have an opinion on the subject. I refuse to go the boiled water, burn the fingers route — been there, done that waaay too many times.

  5. Muffy
    August 24, 2010

    Yesssss. Tomatoes! The ultimate home grown indulgence! Sweeter, better, OURS.

  6. Tabitha
    August 24, 2010

    I get terribly excited from anything that comes in from the garden be it flowers, herbs or produce. I've just made rosemary and black olive focaccia, I want that tom!

  7. lauren
    August 24, 2010

    that striated heirloom purple is gorgeous, lisa – a fine tomato crop indeed!

  8. Susan Tiner
    August 24, 2010

    I love "Imagine you are done. So true. Agree about the San Marzanos. Thank you for the recipes — printing now!

  9. Adventures Along The Way
    August 24, 2010

    A couple weeks ago, I ate the first tomato off of my very first tomato plant and now am eagerly awaiting the four still-green tomoatos. I will have to try some bruschetta…yum.

    And my plant was gifted to me with a nifty green velcro thing that is used to tie it to the stake. It blends in pretty well to the stalk. :)

  10. metscan
    August 24, 2010

    I´m willing to try that raw tomato sauce pasta! It sounds simple enough for me, healthier too. Thanks for an interesting post!

  11. Preppy Pink Crocodile
    August 24, 2010

    Adorable post! I grew a giant heirloom black tomato plant this year and you would think those t'mater are golden eggs the way I squeal with delight over them.

  12. Miss Janey
    August 24, 2010

    Yum… Miss J's are doing so poorly, much of this will never come to pass.

  13. Jan
    August 24, 2010

    This Low WASP already has basil, tomatoes, bocconcini and some obscenely expensive olive oil waiting to become Caprese Salad.

    The rest of the tomatoes? Are becoming salsa, tomato sauce, and just plain peeled and canned, whatever I can manage to do with them. I would take all of YOUR leftover tomatoes, if I could, but it would kinda defeat the whole "local and sustainable" thing, wouldn't it?

  14. agirl
    August 24, 2010

    I love that High WASPs squeal at the first reddening of their first tomato. That is an extremely endearing quality.

  15. Anonymous
    August 24, 2010

    I feel like a farmer when I harvest off my three plants. One great way to eat them? In hand, like an apple, while still holding the sun's warmth. Extra points for standing in the front yard while one does this.


  16. EntertainingMom
    August 24, 2010

    I want to eat now. Tomatoes. Raw. Cooked. In pasta. On toast. As a sauce… or soup… gazpacho… that's it!! I'm off to make some gazpacho with my tomatoes!!!!

    There is simply nothing better than a homegrown tomato!

  17. moveovermarypoppins
    August 24, 2010

    Love this post! Love!

    And I learned something about pruning… which would have helped by extremely leggy tomato plants produce better!

    Thank you.

  18. Angie
    August 24, 2010

    @Worthington- OMG. You are talking my language. Talk about a great summer sandwich.

  19. accordionsandlace
    August 24, 2010

    You know I love a post about homegrown tomatoes. Although a squirrel keeps making off with our Roma tomatoes about a day before they're fully ripe, which is making me INSANE with rage. Tomatoes inspire so much passion in me.

  20. QueenBeeSwain
    August 24, 2010

    yuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuum! passing along to Dadley, he goes overboard with his tomato garden each summer!


  21. Vintage Simple
    August 24, 2010

    Fantastic! I loved your description and the sweet crescendo of anticipation… :) And your son is back from Buenos Aires, I see. I'll have to scroll down and find out if you've written about that already.

    much love,

  22. materfamilias
    August 24, 2010

    I'm so very envious — very little beats vine-ripened tomato, sun-warmed — and with the addition of basil, olive oil, bocconcini, and some balsamic vinager . . . ah! perfection!!
    besides that, I love fried green tomatoes with my bacon and eggs — I've never seen them sold green, and I assume the only way to get this treat is to grow them yourself — and you did! Hooray!

  23. North of 25A
    August 24, 2010

    I think I could handle #12, 13 and 14 by going to an Italian market…which I will need to do tomorrow since I am now in desperate need of some smeared tomato jammy mess!

  24. Faux Fuchsia
    August 24, 2010

    What a lovely post.

    In my Old Testament Conditions Style Garden tomatoes are eaten by possums and other varmints before I can get my mitts on them to make exciting products like salads and bruschetta, but you will be happy to know I grow them front centre in my front garden.

  25. Semi Expat
    August 25, 2010

    A great post – and congratulations on your Very Own Home Grown Tomatoes… I am most envious. Great recipes too. x

  26. Southern Living: Preppy Style
    August 25, 2010

    With your magic tomato thumb, can you come to South Florida and grow amazaing tomatos for me? They don't grow, they're awful and the stores are not worth buying (even stand/organic markets).
    We're heading to Kentucky for a last minute trip this weekend and my MIL has a basket of tomatos just for me, to eat like apples.
    Can't wait.

  27. Sharpiegirl
    August 25, 2010

    I'm so envious of your tomatoes. Our poor tomato plants burned up in the heat wave we've been enjoying. 0ver 20 days of 100+ temps will do that.
    I think we are going to pull up everything and plant a few in September for the fall garden. Hopefully those will do better.

  28. tintarosa
    August 25, 2010

    Glad you had tomato success. We had loads of green tomatoes stolen by a critter in the middle of the night. I'll be ready next year witha have-a-heart trap.

  29. Adventures Along The Way
    August 25, 2010

    @ materfamilias: Thanks for mentioning fried green tomatoes! I haven't had those in years, but now I am eager to try cooking them myself!

  30. Patsy
    August 25, 2010

    That is one heck of a beautiful tomato, missy! Good job!

    My father grew tomatoes, when I was a kid. He'd come home, take off his jacket, fix a drink and go survey his crops. Then, they would all ripen and rot while he was away in August.

  31. jamie
    August 25, 2010

    very helpful, for those of us behind in the season.

  32. LPC
    August 25, 2010

    Worthington – I'm thinking that's a Southern exclusive:).

    Hostess – Thank you. I'm dying for a shot of your bright yellow cages.

    Deja – You're welcome:).

    Tish – I still burn my finger or just say to heck with it and keep the skin on. Daily Progress is a High WASP thing. All the slow and steady stuff. Tortoises, etc.

    Muffy – Num!

    Tabitha – Rosemary and black olives? Sounds delicious.

    lauren – Thank you for the taxonomy. I was always terrible at biology.

  33. LPC
    August 25, 2010

    Vintage – Yes, my son is back from Buenos Aires and already dreaming of returning. Only regrets that he spent so much time with American friends that his Spanish didn't improve quite as much as he would have hoped.

    Mater – I have got to try frying some green tomatoes.

    North of 25A – Wow, the only place I've ever seen an Italian market was in Philadelphia. How nice.

    FF – Impunity! Vegetables out front!

    Semi – Thank you so much.

    Southern Living – Why don't tomatoes grow in South Florida? Is it so different from New Jersey? Too hot?

  34. LPC
    August 25, 2010

    Susan – Thank you:).

    Adventures – Next year, velcro!

    Mette – With good tomatoes it can't be beaten.

    Preppy Pink – Ha! Golden eggs. Exactly.

    Miss Janey – Oh no. Moment of silence.

    Jan – I will be following your tomato recipes and stories. Avidly.

  35. LPC
    August 25, 2010

    agirl – I am so happy to be endearing in any way at all

    Stacy – Front yard 'maters! New movement. Also sunshine:).

    Entertaining – I love your enthusiasm…

    Moveover – Thank Accordions for the pruning advice. I do:).

    Angie – If I liked mayo I would clearly have to give this a try.

    Accordions – I keep checking for wildlife depredations.

  36. LPC
    August 25, 2010

    Queen Bee Swain (sorry I missed you above in order) – Eat up!

    Sharpiegirl – I think that sounds good, starting again.

    tintarosa – Yes, critters have other options:).

    Adventures – Me too:)

    Patsy – What a killer story. So Updike.

    jamie – You're welcome. I would love to see you photograph maters.

  37. Nellie
    August 25, 2010

    Two favorite ways for tomatoes around here – and DH grew quite a few of them this season – would be simply with some of that mayo mentioned earlier on a good slice of whole wheat bread, topped with some fresh basil leaves, plus another slice of bread. Also, can't forget that BLT! So good on toast, with avocado spread on one slice and healthy turkey bacon – homegrown lettuce, too, if we're lucky.

  38. Captain Dumbass
    August 25, 2010

    Good thing I'm actually eating lunch as I read this or I'd be really really hungry.

  39. Miss Whistle
    August 25, 2010

    Agreed on all counts, except for the watering can. I rather love watering cans for their nostalgia value (does that sound rather queer?). You've made me enormously, gluttonously hungry.
    xx Miss W

  40. glaciercountyhoney
    August 26, 2010

    So proud of your tomato! As suggested above, if you're not into homemade mayo, a little Duke's is the perfect compliment to a 'mater. Enjoy!

  41. Lisa
    August 28, 2010

    I am here for a while now….enough re-posting my entire blog….I really do not like Picassa or picasso or what-ever-the-hell it's called.
    Anyway, I have found some good juicy posts to read here so I just wanted you to know I'm hangin out, yep, me and the vines!
    p.s. I think you like raising eyebrows almost as much as I do.

  42. Maggie
    September 12, 2010

    I had just a few tomatoes this year, and it was such a disappointment because I was so excited for a deluge!

    Next year I'm giving them more room and a separate area – I think they were crowded and some of the leafiness around them prevented them from getting all the sun they needed.

    Also – a question for you – do you think it's possible to over-prune the suckers? I read article and article saying the best way to produce full-flavor tomatoes is to prune and let them grow upright only, that by concentrating the sugars into one main line of a plant you can avoid the mealiness that too many garden tomatoes have. So I did this with gusto. Only… did I unknowingly prune away the best parts of the plant? I'm going to run side-by-side experiments next year.

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