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July 12, 2016
Tomatoes! Ripe, juicy and very necessary

When you are considered a fruit in a botanical sense but have been declared a vegetable by the Supreme Court of the United States, it means that you are quite the big deal! People have spent quite a bit of time on you! And this is no surprise since tomatoes are served daily in each household all over the world.

Yes, tomatoes are the main ingredient in most of our favorite dishes. During the summer months, tomatoes have that real, rich flavor. Even though we can still enjoy tomatoes that have been grown in greenhouses, they are completely different in color, size and flavor. Tomatoes love sunshine!

Not only do they bring any food they are added to, to life…. they are also rich in vitamins, micronutrients and minerals. It is said that when they are consumed along with olive oil and generally when they are cooked, they become even more nutritious and beneficial.

Tomatoes are usually stored in the refrigerator but they really shouldn’t be kept in the refrigerator. It is better to buy tomatoes that are not so ripe and you can keep them out of the refrigerator for up to 10 days and let them ripen on their own.

The smaller the tomato, the tastier it is! You should always choose tomatoes according to what we want to make with them. When you want to make tomato sauce they should be ripe. When you want to use them in a salad, they should be firm and not so ripe. If you prefer to eat them without their skin, there is an easy way to remove it! If you want to make stuffed tomatoes they should be somewhere in the middle so that they maintain their shape but you can also easily remove their flesh. 

And if you grow cherry tomatoes on your balcony I have the perfect tip on how to cut all cherry tomatoes with one move!

Fresh tomato sauces, sweets, main courses.. you can make just about anything with this vegetable.  Look at all of these choices…..

 

Sweet Cherry Tomatoes with Ginger and Cardamom

 

Sun Dried Tomatoes

 

Spicy Tomato and Chocolate Soup

 

Provencal Tomatoes

 

Fresh Mozzarella and Tomato Tart

 

Mac & Cheese in a Tomato Sauce

 

Classic Tomato Spaghetti

 

Poached Eggs in a Spicy Tomato Sauce

 

Tomato Fritters

 

Homemade Ricotta Gnocchi in a Tomato Basil Sauce

 

Savory Tomato Cookies with Basil Pesto

 

Cherry Tomato and Red Wine Tart

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