It is my firm belief that a day should not go by in August without tomatoes and corn. And yes, you should eat the corn the day you pick it! You already knew that, though.
Well, today is the last day of August. There will still be corn, but the great days of tomatoes will soon be gone, so eat up!
There are two ways to eat tomatoes in August: the tomato sandwich, which I have already posted about, and cut up (sliced, nice and pretty, or just chopped up in large, “rustic” pieces, as I usually do it) with a little red wine vinegar and olive oil, salt or garlic salt, and maybe some parsley. Sometimes a bit of red onion. (Check out the juice in the bowl of tomatoes at the top of the page. That’s 90% tomato juice right there, from two huge tomatoes from Country Dreams Farm at the Nashua Farmer’s Market.)
It’s this tomato “salad” that I eat every day until they start to become mealy. That’s when the season is over and you couldn’t pay me to eat another tomato until next August. (Well, truth be told, I’ll eat those cherry tomatoes you find all year at the supermarket, but those are not local, so let’s not talk about it. shhhh!)
Yes, I know some will read this and shout “BASIL!! Where’s the basil??” Well, I just never grew up with basil, I guess. I like the clean, grassy taste of parsley. You can have basil, if you want. And mozzarella. Mozzarella just takes up valuable tomato space in my belly.
How do you eat your summer tomatoes?