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Summer's Treasure

Plump, juicy tomatoes are the garden's great late-summer reward.

Slow Starter, Big Finisher

Originating in Mesoamerica, tomatoes (xitomatl) were carried to Europe in the 16th century to a cool continental reception. Slow to gain traction in Europe, tomatoes were viewed with distrust until relatively recently. Today, they appear in countless dishes the world over.

Mister Versatility

It's hard to think of tomatoes as ever being a culinary hard-sell. Delectable raw or cooked, tomatoes pair beautifully with so many foods and flavors: cheeses, meats, onions, garlic, peppers and herbs; pizza, pastas, salsas, salads, soups, stews--and on and on.

No Cool Customer

Keep fresh ripe tomatoes out of the fridge. The cold dulls their flavor. Once sliced, they can be kept in the fridge but will taste best when returned to room temperature. Place under-ripe tomatoes in paper bags to ripen.

Jul. 8, 2009 1:35 pm
May 17, 2010 2:18 pm
I am SO happy there is a section dedicated to tomatoes only. I grow the old fashioned brandywines and they are huge and delicious but after a while, you get to where you just can't LOOK at another one! All of these recipes will help tremendously!
Sep. 20, 2010 11:06 am
can one freeze salsa?
Jul. 28, 2015 8:32 am
I have a recipe that calls for 2-16oz. cans of tomatoes. But I want to use fresh tomatoes. How much salt should I ad to the recipe, and how many #'s should I use?
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