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Daily Pleasure of Tomato Season

Emily Blincoe

I wait all year for cherry tomatoes. I’m patient and won’t buy them until the really sweet ones arrive in the market, and then they’re a fixture on my kitchen counter. For dinner on Sunday, I roasted them in a 300 degree for an hour and a half, having prepped them first with salt, pepper and drizzles of olive oil. I did this with confidence after reading in the wonderful cookbook by Dorie Greenspan, “don’t let having good tomatoes stop you from roasting them – the time in the oven only makes them better.” Indeed!

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10 comments for “Daily Pleasure of Tomato Season”

  1. Petra says:

    I LOVE slow roasted tomatoes! I get fresh plum tomatoes at the farmers market, slice them, then roast at about 250°F for 90 or more minutes (after drizzling with olive oil and seasoning with salt and pepper). I’ve never roasted cherry tomatoes, though. Must try this!

  2. Stacey says:

    I’m the daughter of a Southern woman, and as such, I grew up loving tomato sandwiches. The weirdest part about that is that my mom hates tomatoes. I’m just glad that she didn’t let her distaste for them deprive me from enjoying them.

    • wendy says:

      I have one friend who hates tomatoes. He won’t go near them, either fresh or cooked, not even a tomato sauce on pizza. I always thought it was an odd thing to hate, but apparently he’s in good company.

  3. Lola says:

    Southern woman myself here! The thought of sun warmed tomatoes straight from my mom’s garden…with a little salt and some chutney (we’re indian) on a white bread. Oh man..what is better?? The funny thing is that I can’t stand tomatoes from the grocery store. I literally NEVER buy them b/c they don’t even taste like the same thing. I will pick them up at the farmer’s market in season though…wonderful.

    • Stacey says:

      I’ve never tried a tomato sandwich with chutney – I’ll have to try that sometime! 🙂

      Incidentally, I know how feel about grocery store tomatoes. I’m the same way with tangerines. We had a tangarine tree in our backyard when I was a kid, and I remember the first time I had a tangerine from a grocery store – it didn’t even taste like it was the same thing. Thirty-some years later, and I still won’t eat tangerines from a store.

    • Jules says:

      My mother grew amazing tomatoes in the sandy soil of Cape Cod. I don’t know how she did it but they were heart stopping good. Picked of the vine, warmed by the sun – nothing made a better sandwich. We are not Indian but I’ve loved chutney and tomato sandwiches for ever. As a child I liked them on rye bread. No idea where I got that. My mother would serve platters of sliced tomatoes with very thin slices of red onion, light salt and pepper, and olive oil. Such lovely sense memories. I only buy tomatoes from Farmers Markets and only in season. None compare to my mother’s grown with her green thumb, that sandy soil and the salt air.

      • wendy says:

        It is really hard to grow a fabulous tomato. Most of my friends’ crops have come up short. I wonder how she did it.

    • wendy says:

      A friend of mine who owns a restaurant in SF and is a great cook, surprised me when he said: every now and then, even in winter, it’s okay to go for a mediocre tomato on a sandwich.

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