filling the empty nest with food

End-of-Summer Tomatoes

At the end of the summer, tomatoes are so plentiful I imagine it’s possible to get sick of them.  I never do, though.  What is that saying?:  When you’re tired of tomatoes, you’re tired of life. Oh, actually that’s a distorted version of Samuel Johnson’s 1777 quotation about life in London. “When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford.”

You could possibly stretch that to the tomato. There is in the tomato all that a food can afford:  it is both vegetable and fruit, full of vitamin C, rich in anti-oxidant lycopene, contains a bit of potassium, calcium, vitamin A, vitamins B-6 and B-12, some magnesium, and the perfect amount of sugar. You can eat it out of hand with a little salt (preferably over the sink); chop some up in a salad with avocadoes, corn, black beans, diced red onion, cilantro and a sprinkle of lime juice and olive oil (a salad that needs no recipe); or sauté several cut-up tomatoes with a little butter and an onion and toss it with pasta. You can even throw them whole into a freezer bag and take them out of the freezer in a few weeks or months when you’re looking for that distant taste of summer in a slowly-simmered bolognese sauce.

Our favorite summer dinner is the classic BLT, with a few, or a lot, of tomatoes on the side.

I am never tired of tomatoes.  And I sure hope that portends good things for my outlook on life.



4 comments on “End-of-Summer Tomatoes

  1. Mary Finley
    September 9, 2013

    I suppose the toast is from homemade bread! Yum!

    • Catherine
      September 10, 2013

      Not this time, but what a good idea! And probably should make some homemade mayonnaise, too.

  2. Sarah Stevenson
    September 10, 2013

    Any thoughts about green tomatoes…?

    • Catherine
      September 11, 2013

      Fried green tomatoes is the classic recipe, but I have to admit to never having made them. It always sounded like too much work to bread and fry the slices. However, I might try a New York Times recipe for Green Tomato Salsa Verde once the green tomatoes are piled up in my kitchen. The New York Times has that recipe and a few other green tomato recipes from a few years ago–August 2009, to be exact.

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